Folk Music degree offered at Leeds College of Music

Hello, I am writing to let you know more about our BA (Hons) Folk Music degree at Leeds College of Music, a state-of-the-art conservatoire. You can find out all about the course on our website and by watching our course film below.

I would also like to invite you to our Folk Showcases which are on: · Wednesday 28th November 6-7pm · Wednesday 6th March 2019, 6-7pm Both events will be followed by a session including staff and student performers. Please do pass on this invite and email to anyone in your networks who may find it of interest. If you have any questions about Leeds College of Music, please don’t hesitate to contact me

Kind Regards, Rachael Sutcliffe Programme Leader, Folk Leeds College of Music  follow link here to watch: Folk Video

Find out more at our Open Day on 5th January Book your place Leeds College of Music 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, UK, LS2 7PD 0113 222 3400

EFDSS Folk Educators News

Please save the date!

The 2019 Folk Education Development Day

will be on Saturday 9 February at Cecil Sharp House, London. The focus will be on Caller Training –

(more details will be forwarded in due course through Folk Camps representative on the Folk Educators group).

Also Baring Gould Folk Song School:

We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances Chris Coe is unable to join us this year, and we are pleased to say that JAMES FINDLAY will be joining us as guest tutor at this year’s Baring-Gould Song School.

Spaces still available, please see below for more details of what to expect:

Dedicated to local folk song collector Revd Sabine Baring-Gould the annual Folk Song School gives you time out to concentrate on your own singing: your voice, your performance, your repertoire.

Held at Wren Music’s headquarters Ebenezer Hall, a converted chapel in the delightful moorland town of Okehampton. You can find accommodation to fit most pockets, with hotels and guest houses, and YHA, and there are spaces for camping/camper vans at the Youth Hostel.

The Wren team is led by co-founders Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker, who will have spent most of this summer taking English folk song to other parts of Europe as far apart as Iceland and Sardinia.

Each day, tuition is done in a range of settings from large group work, to one-to-one surgeries with the tutors, and many additional small group sessions are developed as the week goes on.

Topics include: finding your strong voice, pitching, building your repertoire, understanding traditional songs and singers, accompaniments, overcoming nerves and so on . . .

The week is suitable for first time singers through to professionals – and the emphasis is on learner led activities, one-to-one and/or small group working with individual tutors and peer support.

Price: £300:

Plus an option on a £25 Baring-Gould Folk Weekend ticket (26th to 28th October)

For more details contact:    Marilyn Tucker, Artistic Director

Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AR     Tel: 01837 53754

Folk Camps Party Band at Chippenham

This is the video of the Party Band set and dancing at Chippenham Folk Festival. Their performance has lead to further interest in booking the band for more festivals soon.

Tell your friends!  The Party Band is available for gigs at a Festival near you and will also be performing at the August Bank Holiday camp at Fowlmere.

Jenny / Andy and the Party Band,  Sarah and Council

Music Mark membership

Folk Camps has signed up to be a Corporate Member of Music Mark which represents organisations from the Music education sector, connecting and campaigning for this area.

There is an email newsletter advertising training, events and an annual conference.  Folk Camps is planning to participate in the conference, and will be submitting material for the newsletter.  If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, or have suggestions for our input to Music Mark, please email the office with the subject “Music Mark newsletter”.


Folk Camps Party Band Project

Folk Camps has a new project!

On 9th October, Council was delighted to accept a proposal by Jenny Newman for a project leading to the formation of the Folk Camps Party Band and its running for the next two festival seasons. This exciting multi-ability multi-age band will fit right with our charitable mission and be both promotional and educational. The band will attend key folk festivals to promote the Folk Camps concept through performance and workshops.

The band will be drawn from all parts of the Folk Camps spectrum with an emphasis on youth players. It will play music specifically sourced and arranged to suit its composition and ability and will be professionally rehearsed. The first outing for the newly formed Folk Camps Party Band will be the 50th Anniversary Celebration in Buxton in June 2018.

Here is what Jenny has to say about it:

I am thrilled that Council have decided to promote Folk Camps in this proactive and dynamic way. My vision for the band is to convey the essence of Folk Camps to the wider festival going public. Musical excellence and accessibility for all!

The public will experience first-hand the fun that can be shared across generations and abilities in making distinctive music together that is both musically satisfying and good to dance to.

The participants will, as well as having fun, have a first rate educational experience which will help to develop the skills needed to make great potential folk camp musicians for the future.

The repertoire will be drawn from the English folk tradition as well as other traditions which have been absorbed into the English standard repertoire.

Although the project is huge and obviously challenging in many ways I am confident we have the depth of musicianship necessary to establish Folk Camps as a major contributor to the Folk scene in this country. I am grateful to council for the opportunity to make it happen.

See the dedicated page for the band which will be constantly updated with progress of the project and news about the band.

New Folk Camps Website

Our new website is now live. It is mobile-friendly with new content.
We will continue to improve and add content to the site over the next few weeks.
We will also add the 2018 programme of Folk Camps towards the end of October, and you will be able to book your 2018 holidays online from 20th November. Or you can book in person at the Reunion.

If you have any comments on the website, then please email us to let us know.
(Praise, constructive criticism or information on broken links all welcome).

Thanks to Patrick Self for website development.