Workshops at the 2016 Folk Festival
Improve musical and other skills at our workshops. Images from the 2016 Folk Festival. Top left: Breton dance session with Hop'OP'Ops; Right: The essense of cartoons with Kipper Williams. Bottom: Bang a bhodran, with Peter Brand. All photos: Bob Griggs

Improve your musical and dance skills at our workshops, with some of the best musicians and teachers you'll find anywhere.

Each runs from 10.30am to noon. £5 entry except for 'Slow & Easy', which is free. Entry is included in the price of a full festival or day ticket (if you have bought to see an evening town hall concert, you have a day ticket).

If you do not have a weekend ticket then tickets for these workshops can be purchased at the festival office in the Town Hall from the start of the festival (from Friday afternoon).

Goods Shed is next to the Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, near library and Co-op car park, rooms are upstairs. At the top of the stairs, the small room is through the door on your left, and the large room through the doors in front of you.

Workshop Schedule

Town Hall

Goods Shed Small Room

Goods Shed Large Room


10.30-noon Breton Dance with Marvailh Concertina with Geoff Lakeman
"Folk and beyond": Geoff will demonstrate different music styles you can play on concertina, including jazz. Please note that that you don't have to have a concertina or be a player to come along.
Acapella Harmony Singing with Neal Jolly
Come and sing songs of joy, sadness and beauty from near and far, led by natural voice practitioner Neal Jolly. No experience required!


10.30-noon Irish Dance with Celtic Fever Guitar with Brian Philips
Workshop will mostly concentrate on the principles of finger style guitar. Starts with a break down of simple finger picking and leads up to more complex styles. It will include a number of example tunes and songs.
Bhodran with Peter Brand


10.30-noon Cornish Dance with Carmen Hunt Uke for improvers with Pete Ellis Slow & Easy with Jimmy Manley
Slow and Easy Folk Sessions are aimed at beginners that can play a little bit, We play some of the standard folk tune repertoire but at a slow and steady pace. It's a chance to gain experience and confidence in playing with others in an easy going and supportive environment.
Any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. Participants are asked to download the tunebook from but there will be a few copies available for use.

No guarantee can be given that any events will take place, or any artists will perform at a particular time, or at all. We will, however, make every effort to carry out the programme as advertised.

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