Laurel Swift 

Musician, Composer, Dancer, Project Maker

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Southern English Fiddle Festival

with Laurel Swift, Deb Chalmers and Sam Sweeney

Bradwell, Milton Keynes

5th - 7th January, 2018

 

A unique weekend away for fiddle players of all levels, focusing on the details that make Southern English style the dynamic, engaging form it is. Hosted by Laurel Swift, with guest tutors Deb Chalmers and Sam Sweeney, this is a weekend of workshops, masterclasses, and one to ones, alongside homecooked food, informal sessions, a concert and country walks. The retreat will be a great way to improve technique, find inspiration, learn new tunes, make new friends and celebrate the long winter days in music and laughter.

 

There will be 3 simultaneous classes at any time. Some sessions will be split by ability (beginner, intermediate and advanced), and others will be free choice – the options always accommodating the range of levels.

 

 

 

Optional Workshops Include:

Bootcamp! Exercises and drills to stretch your playing and your fingers.

Chords For Fiddlers

Dotted Hornpipes

Groove

Introduction to Fiddlesinging

Masterclass with Sam and Deb

Playing Jigs Better

Sound Quality

Tunes In Flat Keys

Variation - A Toolbox of Tips

 

An attractive converted 18th century farmhouse with great access to both the city and countryside. There is a comfortable lounge which has plenty of books and games to enjoy - perfect for relaxing inbetween tunes!

 

 

(If you would prefer to stay at a local B&B please do! However, please note that the price of the retreat remains at £160 as we can still only accommodate 16 students in class.)

Accommodation

All meals from Friday tea through to Sunday lunch will be provided, plus hot drinks anytime. We will be cooking as a group, which is an important part of the retreat experience! Everyone will be expected to participate in preparing or washing up one meal. Food will be basic but wholesome and tasty, and we should be able to cater for most allergies, etc. Feel free to discuss any concerns.

 

 

£160 for the full weekend  

including all meals and dormitory accommodation

(bunk-beds in single-sex rooms).

There are local B&Bs if you prefer (although we recommend the full immersive experience!)

 

£175 for the full weekend PLUS one-to-one lessons

 

£110 concessions* 

- please see further information for details of our concessions policy.

 

£50 deposit** now to reserve your place, with full payment due one month prior to the event.

Fees

Use the Paypal link to book your Fiddle Festival 2018 Retreat  

If you’d like to avoid charges, you can pay by BACS or cheque, CLICK HERE!

 

(Please note that Paypal's handling charge is 3.5% which will be displayed as a postage cost.)

* We are offering concessions in order to make this event as accessible as possible. The concession price is intended for people on low income for whatever reason - low pension, student loans, or un/low-waged. Please use your discretion! We don't want to exclude anyone from the retreat, but equally would ask you to pay the full price if you are able to.

 

** The remainder of the payment must be paid by BAC or by cheque no later than one month before event date. If the payment is late, the deposit and the reserved place will be lost. If you are having any problems with the final payment and would like to discuss please email laurelswiftfolk@gmail.com

The boutique fiddle festival! 27 places and 3 tutors.

*** 8 PLACES LEFT! ***

There are also a limited number of one to one sessions available for a small extra charge, and we will finish the weekend with a glorious fiddle band for everyone.  

Schedule

Arrival from 4pm Friday, Leave 4pm Sunday.

 

Full timetable available in November.