This established and informal folk group course with Emma Sweeney focuses on traditional Irish folk with an emphasis on authentic style, ornamentation and embellishment. The ten week course (plus performance) is open to any instrument including whistle, flute, accordion, harmonica and guitar. If you and your instrument can carry a tune or a chord sequence then you can play it in these sessions. We’ve even had cello and trombone taking part!
Sessions will include support for guitarists, banjo and mandolin players from Paul Cowham, giving tips on accompanying styles and putting chords to the tunes as they are learned.
There will be group performance opportunities to play with Emma at local folk sessions and in the Picturehouse bar at Band on the Wall.
“A great way to learn some traditional tunes, improve aural skills and learn about how to play in an authentic Irish style.” – course participant.
This course is for intermediate to advanced players of all backgrounds (including jazz, classical, rock, pop and world music). Experience of playing in folk styles is obviously an advantage, although not compulsory. Tunes are learned largely by ear with supporting resources including audio and notation available online as the course progresses.
Please note the Folk Group now takes place on a Monday evening.
(If you are not sure about your level or the suitability of your instrument to the course please contact email@example.com for some guidance).
This course is brought to you by Brighter Sound and Band on the Wall.
Venue: Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall
Full course dates: Mondays: Jan 16, 23, 30. Feb 6, 13, 27. Mar 6, 13, 20, 27. Live Session night Mon 3 Apr.
External session dates: To be arranged
Cost: £135 / £120 conc. / £18 pay per session (booking fee applies)
N.B. Concession places are subject to production of proof of eligibility at first session.