A professional musician and qualified teacher, Cat puts her own spin on the Folk Camps morning music workshop. Expect to be challenged; you will learn how to create and release tension in your music to make it more fun to play and to dance to, experiment with riffs and rhythm, play with chords and harmonies, and find out why the notes you don’t play are just as important as the ones you do. Playing music in a group is one of the most exciting and rewarding things you can do, and whatever your level, Cat will show you how you can be part of that, even if you can only play a few notes. Sheet music will be provided, and some things will also be taught by ear.
For our families, Cat also runs a Family Band with singing, percussion, boomwhackers, instruments, and a chance for all ages to create and perform together. In her professional life Cat specialises in teaching children with disabilities, so uses Makaton signing and a variety of accessible instruments to ensure everyone can join in.
Outside of Folk Camps, Cat runs a community arts organisation which is responsible for the festival Folk Weekend: Oxford. She teaches Makaton, and specialises in using Makaton with singing, performing with her band Iris who use Makaton signing with all of their songs. Cat has been a driving force in making the folk scene more accessible; speaking at conferences with EFDSS, chairing sessions of the national Folk Educators Group, and with her own Arts Council funded Inclusive Folk project.
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