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Brighter Sound presents an autumn series of Folk Group sessions with traditional fiddle star Emma Sweeney and guitarist Paul Cowham. Learn to play Irish folk tunes and styles on any instrument.
This established and informal folk group course with Emma Sweeney focuses on traditional Irish folk with an emphasis on authentic style, ornamentation and embellishment. The ten week course (with performance) is open to any instrument including whistle, flute, accordion, harmonica and guitar. If you and your instrument can carry a tune or a chord sequence then you can play it in these sessions. We’ve even had cello and trombone taking part!
Sessions will include support for guitarists, banjo and mandolin players from Paul Cowham, giving tips on accompanying styles and putting chords to the tunes as they are learned.
There will be group performance opportunities to play with Emma at local folk sessions and in the Picturehouse bar at Band on the Wall on Wednesday 30 November.
“A great way to learn some traditional tunes, improve aural skills and learn about how to play in an authentic Irish style.” – course participant.
This course is for intermediate to advanced players of all backgrounds (including jazz, classical, rock, pop and world music). Experience of playing in folk styles is obviously an advantage, although not compulsory. Tunes are learned largely by ear with supporting resources including audio and notation available online as the course progresses.
(If you are not sure about your level or the suitability of your instrument to the course please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for some guidance).
Day: Wednesday evening
Venue: Now upstairs in the Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall
Full course dates: Weds: 21, 28 Sep. 5, 12, 19 Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 Nov.
Performance: Weds 30 Nov
External session dates: To be arranged
Cost: £135 / £120 conc. / £18 pay per session (booking fee applies)
N.B. Concession places are subject to production of proof of eligibility at first session.