Laurel Swift 

Musician, Composer, Dancer, Project Maker

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English Fiddle Festival

with Becki Driscoll, Bryony Griffith and Laurel Swift

Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes

19 - 21 March 2021

The retreat is a great way to improve technique, find inspiration, learn new tunes, make new friends and celebrate the spring 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 are 1 hour workshops on specific topics. The options will always accommodate the range of levels. There will also be opportunities to play in small groups and a problem-solving masterclass!

Optional Workshops:


Dartmoor Hornpipes - Making the Tune Your Own - Fiddlesinging - Improvisation - Music Theory for Fiddlers - Fiddle Accompaniment - Nerves, Tension and Tone - How To Make Tunes Groove -Ways Into Harmony

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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 or camp in the hostel grounds,  please do! However, please note that the price of the retreat remains at £170 as we can still only accommodate 27 students in class.)


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.

£170 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!)


£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.


* 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


Friday - Dinner approx 6:30pm, Welcome / first class 8pm (hostel open from 4:30pm)

Saturday - a morning walk (optional!), classes throughout the day, an evening concert.

Final session finishes  3:30pm Sunday.

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Miranda is a fiddle and viola player and teacher. She is a founder member of folk string quartet, Methera and is a highly repsected fiddle tutor, especially for her work on the English Acoustic Collective Summer School, and with the National Youth Folk Ensemble.


Becki Driscoll is one of the West Country’s finest fiddle-players, with an innovative take on English traditional music and song. A highly-respected musician, composers and workshop leaders based in North Devon, she has worked with some of the leading lights of the English folk scene, always pushing the boundaries and developing new and inventive music.

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The Fiddle festival is a unique weekend away for fiddle players of all levels, focusing on the details that make English fiddle style the dynamic, engaging and evolving form it is. This is a weekend of workshops and a masterclass, alongside homecooked food, informal sessions, a tutors concert and country walks.

I am delighted that I'll be joined by Becki Driscoll and Bryony Griffith  for the 2020 Fiddle Festival!


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