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Folk Group Course Spring 2016

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Brighter Sound presents a new folk group course for spring 2016 with traditional fiddle star Emma Sweeney.  Learn to play Irish folk tunes and styles on any melodic instrument. 

This new folk group course with Emma Sweeney focuses on traditional Irish folk with an emphasis on authentic style, ornamentation and embellishment. The eight week course is open to any melodic instrument, including whistle, flute, accordion, harmonica and guitar. If your instrument can carry a tune then you can play it in these sessions.

There will also be group performance opportunities to play with Emma at local folk sessions in the Manchester area at the end of the course. This is a friendly way to test the waters of the local folk scene with a respected and experienced player at your side.

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.

Each week will run as follows:

7.30-8pm – A short preparatory session for experienced folk musicians (i.e. those who have learned traditional folk styles before).

8-9pm –  Musicians from other backgrounds (classical, jazz etc) join the group and work all together.

9-9.30pm – Musicians from other backgrounds (classical, jazz etc) work exclusively with Emma.

(If you are not sure about your level or the suitability of your instrument to the course please contact us HERE for some guidance).


Additional Information

Venue: The Picturehouse at Band on the Wall

Full course dates: Weds: 27 Jan. 3, 10, 24 Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 Mar.

Times: 7.30-9.30pm

External session dates: To be arranged

Cost: £120 / £105 conc. / £18 pay per session (booking fee applies)

N.B. Concession places are subject to production of proof of eligibility at first session.