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Melodeons in Wensleydale is a weekend of workshops for players of D/G melodeons. Our first weekend took place on 20-22 April 2018 and was a great success with four great tutors and 70 participants. Our second event will be on the weekend of 10-12 May 2019. The venue will be the Dales Countryside Museum in the small market town of Hawes amid the beautiful scenery of upper Wensleydale. The weekend will include:

  • Daytime workshops with some of the best melodeon players around including Toon van Mierlo and Pascale Rubens from Belgium, who comprise the well respected folk duo, Naragonia, Saul Rose, who is well-known for his work with, among others, Eliza Carthy, Whapweasel and Faustus, and Brian Peters, a versatile musician, singer and workshop leader, who can play anything from traditional tunes to blues and rock music on his melodeons;

  • a Saturday evening concert by these tutors;

  • advice about instrument maintenance from professional melodeon repairers;

  • the opportunity to learn a few traditional tunes from the local area;

  • tune sessions on Friday and Saturday evening.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors – Outhwaites Ropemakers of Hawes – we are now able to offer a limited number of bursaries to encourage young people to attend Melodeons in Wensleydale and thus help to safeguard the future of melodeon playing in British folk music. These bursaries will amount to £60 per person, meaning that the cost of the course to successful applicants will be £20 rather than £80.  Please visit the sponsorship page for more details.

There will be trade stands for those who wish to purchase instruments or accessories and a respected melodeon fettler who can undertake minor repairs and adjustments on the spot. Melodeons in Wensleydale will also provide the opportunity to socialize and share experiences with others who play this addictive instrument.

The workshops are not suitable for absolute beginners, but will cater for a range of abilities from those who can play a few tunes with a simple bass accompaniment through to experienced musicians. For further details, see the Ability Levels page.

The programme is offered in good faith, but the organizers reserve the right to make changes in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Early booking of accommodation is advisable because Hawes is a popular holiday destination, where accommodation is often booked many months in advance.  Please see the page of possible accommodation phone and web details.

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