Workshops 2024

DateTutorWorkshop TitleAbility Level
Saturday 13th AprilAndy CuttingA1 - How to start using the bass end more
Please note this workshop is now full - Jan11th 2024
Mel Biggs
B1 - Beyond oom-pah: getting creative with your left handI/H
Marinette BonnertC1 - Discover Walloon music with dance tunes from Wallonia.B/I
Archie Churchill-MossD1 - Reharmonisation and ModulationI/H
Paul ScourfieldE1 - Right hand chords and harmonies B/I
Sunday 14th AprilAndy CuttingA2 - Getting inside a tune
Please note this workshop is now full - Nov25th 2023
Mel Biggs
B2 - Session Survival Skills: Discuss & explore practical ways to get better at playing in groupsB/I
Marinette BonnertC2 - Ensemble playing, second voice, accompaniment and work on the impulses of Walloon dance music.I/H
Archie Churchill-MossD2 - Navigating the MelodeonB/I
Paul ScourfieldE2 - Three Time TunesI/H

See here for explanation of ability levels.

Saturday 13th April

A1 – Andy Cutting*

How to start using the bass end more

Beginner / Intermediate Level

More details shortly.

*Because Andy is always such a popular tutor, we’re limiting you to just one of his units over the weekend to give as many people as possible an opportunity to work with him.

B1 – Mel Biggs

Beyond Oom-Pah: Getting Creative with your Left Hand

Intermediate / Higher Level

I bet you’ve got a bunch of tunes in your repertoire that you just can’t get a satisfying left hand to fit with, either rhythmically or harmonically. Let me show you some ideas that will inspire you to move away from the bread & butter oom-pah and move towards the chocolate box of delights that you might not have considered before!

C1 – Marinette Bonnert

Discover Walloon music with dance tunes from Wallonia.

Beginner / Intermediate Level

In the Walloon manuscripts of the 18th and 19th century, there is magnificent music … written for the violin … In this workshop we will take some pieces from this beautiful repertoire, and we will transpose them to the melodeon, with emphasis on the “dancing” side of the melodies.

D1 – Archie Churchill-Moss

Reharmonisation and Modulation

Intermediate / Higher Level

We will look at advanced left hand techniques, chord inversions and key signature modulations. 

E1 – Paul Scourfield

Right hand chords and harmonies

Beginner / Intermediate Level

Exploring chords on the right hand (melody side) of the melodeon for tune / song accompaniment, working on accompaniments for familiar tunes.  As well as being useful in a band or group setting, this is also a handy and fun alternative in sessions where everyone else is playing the tune!  We will move on to look at playing simple harmonies whilst playing a tune.

Sunday 14th April

A2 – Andy Cutting*

Getting inside a tune

Intermediate / Higher Level

More details shortly.

*Because Andy is always such a popular tutor, we’re limiting you to just one of his units over the weekend to give as many people as possible an opportunity to work with him.

B2 – Mel Biggs

Session Survival Skills: Discuss and Explore Practical Ways to Get Better at Playing in Groups

Basic / Intermediate Level

When new to playing in groups, it can be really daunting even getting the box out of the bag let alone starting or joining in with a tune! I’m going to run a ‘deconstructed session’ with 4 tunes, which I believe give a fairly good overall representation of the types of tunes we come across in most ‘English’ sessions. It will give us a chance to stop and chat about the gripes we face in sessions and have a safe space to try out some new approaches that you can take away and try out in your local ‘wild’ session. 

C2 – Marinette Bonnert

Ensemble playing, second voice, accompaniment and work on the impulses of Walloon dance music

Intermediate / Higher Level

The repertoire covered comes from Walloon collections and manuscripts. We shall work on playing for current dances which correspond to these tunes: usual dances such as the waltz or the schottische, and specific dances such as the maclotte or the passepied. We will examine how to place the right impulses to make the music comfortable for the dancers. Through developing second voices, we shall also focus on ensemble playing. 

D2 – Archie Churchill-Moss

Navigating the Melodeon

Beginner / Intermediate Level

We will look at different ways of playing the same phrase to allow players to comfortably decide fingering patterns for themselves.

E2 – Paul Scourfield

Three Time Tunes

Intermediate / Higher Level

Exploring tunes in three time including 3/2 hornpipes, slip-jigs and waltzes.  As well as learning some great, interesting tunes we will look at the bass accompaniment for these time signatures.

Mini Workshops

On the Saturday afternoon we also run some “mini-workshops” starting at 15:50 and finishing at 17:00. You can opt for one, or can opt out entirely. These are run by Vicky, Hugh, Richard, Theo and Rees and are as follows:

M1Vicky CooperG/C MelodeonOne tune – ten variations! In our mini-workshop we’ll look at a tune played on a G/C melodeon, and then explore ten simple variations or additions that you could apply not only to this tune, but to others in your repertoire.  Experience of playing in G/C would be an advantage. You will need to bring your own G/C instrument.
M2Hugh TaylorYorkshire Dales TunesTraditional tunes local to the Yorkshire Dales from newly discovered sources, including the manuscript of Thomas Biker of Embsay in Wharfedale, 1784. Hugh lives in Arnside near Kendal, and plays in the English ceilidh band Tumbling Tom. He was involved with Bob Ellis in transcribing some of the tunes and dances from field recordings, prior to Bob publishing his seminal book 'There was None of this Lazy Dancing'. Tumbling Tom also used some of these transcriptions and field recordings to put on a Dales ceilidh at Askrigg in 2013.
M3Richard FeatherstoneIrish tunes for people who don't play Irish tunes!Some first steps into Irish music for English style musicians, looking at some Irish tunes that are approachable for D/G players."
M. Note as of Jan2024 this workshop is full.
M4Theo GibbMelodeon MaintenanceA practical demonstration and discussion of the process of diagnosing and fixing common problems.  For example, notes that don’t play, notes that play all the time, air leaks, notes that wheeze, groan, burble or rasp, and anything else that participants bring along.
M5Rees WessonThe Tunes of Oscar WoodsAn exploration of the repertoire and style of the legendary Suffolk melodeon player Oscar Woods