Saturday Courses - November 2012 to May 2013
The Dutch association for hurdy-gurdies and bagpipes has announced the next series of Saturday courses for the hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, running from November through to next May. Courses are available for beginners and advanced players of both instruments, as well as joint sessions. Beginner’s instruments are available to hire.
- Hurdy-gurdy beginners: Joop Aalbers. Discover the possibilities of the instrument and experience the fun.
- Hurdy-gurdy advanced: Roald Keuning. Elaboration and refinement of melodic and rhythmic techniques.
- Drone Music in bandstands: Ine Blom. Development of a joint repertoire to be played at the end of the course at a number of bandstands.
- Bourbonnais Revival: drone with a capital D: Jonneke Jorissen and Cor Westbroek. Joint course for D-tuned hurdy gurdies and bagpipes.
Information and registration
See http://draailier-doedelzak.nl/zaterdagcursus.htm for more information.
Advanced warning of the Halsway Manor Hurdy-Gurdy Weekend to be held at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe in Somerset, from Friday 8th February to Sunday 10th February 2013. Teachers already booked include Gregory Jolivet, Steve Tyler and Claire Dugue. This runs in parallel with the John Swayne Bagpipe Workshop Weekend and features a Hurdy-Gurdy and Bagpipe Concert on the Saturday evening with Gregory Jolivet, Steve Tyler, Katy Marchant and Jon Swayne.
Hurdy-gurdy workshop and concert with Valentin Clastrierannounced for 25th and 26th May 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. More details here.
The line-up for this year’s festival of traditional music and folk dance at Chateau d’Ars has been released:
Samedi 14 Juillet
Dimanche 15 Juillet
Stamford Arts Centre, 27-28 April 2012.
A day and two nights packed with dances, concerts, workshops, sessions with Blowzabella, Esquisse (Brittany) and guests.
Blowzabella produce an inimitable, driving drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They have played everywhere from the main stage at Glastonbury Festival to the outer reaches of Brazil and West Africa. They compose their own music which is influenced by British and European traditional dance music. Many bands across Europe who experiment with the boundaries of folk music cite Blowzabella as a major influence. Andy Cutting- diatonic button accordion. Jo Freya - clarinet, saxophones. Paul James - bagpipes, saxophones. Gregory Jolivet - hurdy-gurdy. Dave Shepherd - violin. Barn Stradling - bass guitar. Jon Swayne - bagpipes, saxophones.
Esquisse is the best young band to emerge from Brittany in the last 5 years and this is their UK debut. Thrilling music and virtuoso playing - they are in a completely different league to most bands playing traditional dance music. Pierre Le Normand – drums. Thomas Badeau – clarinet. Gweltaz Hervé – soprano saxophone. François Badeau - diatonic accordion.
Friday 27 April
Doors open 7pm.
8pm-11pm. Blowzabella. Dance/concert.
Saturday 28 April
Workshops 10am-5pm – British and European folk dances, folk orchestra (playing and arranging folk dance tunes, all ages, all instruments, all abilities), master classes in diatonic accordion, hurdy-gurdy, folk violin, bagpipes. Dance Tune Competition.
Doors open 7pm. 7:30pm-9pm. Blowzabella. 9:30-11:30pm. Esquisse
For full programme and further information, including workshop music and places to stay, go to www.blowzabella.com
Queries? phone Paul James 0788 794 8853.
Friday and Saturday ticket for everything - Adults £52. 16 years old and under £12
Saturday workshops and Saturday night dance - Adults £38. 16 years old and under £10
Saturday workshops only (10am-5pm) – Adults £25. 16 years old and under £5.Friday night dance - Adults £15. 16 years old and under £5. Saturday night dance - Adults £16. 16 years old and under £5.
More information here.
The Dutch hurdy-gurdy and bagpipe foundation (Stichting Draailier en Doedelzak) have arranged a workshop for hurdy-gurdy and bagpipe players of every standard this coming weekend, 21-22 April. More details here.
Now an unmissable event in Burgundy, the Fête de la vielle has gradually made a name for itself among the biggest traditional music and dance festivals in France. For 4 days, Anost vibrates to the sound of bagpipes, violins, diatonic accordions and the hurdy-gurdy. The programme features different concerts and improvised jam sessions in the village’s bars and restaurants. Each year, 20 000 people come to Anost in Burgundy to experience this friendly festival. More here.
Our last reminder about the Bloomington, IN hurdy gurdy workshop in April 20-22nd, with Robert Green, Juan Wijngaard and Tom Lozano.
The deadline for subscription is April 9th, 2012.
Festival of traditional musics and folk dances, 13-15 July 2012
La Châtre, France