Free music workshops this weekend

September 6, 2011 by General Administrator

There will be two great music workshops this weekend as part of the Moseley Folk Festival. As they are at the Bulls Head in Moseley they are free to everyone with or without Festival tickets!

Saturday, 12 to 1:30 – Bluegrass workshop with the Toy Hearts
In an exclusive workshop for the Moseley Folk Festival, The Toy Hearts will uncover the rich history of bluegrass music and its traditions, through exploration of the genre’s founders and subsequent pioneers. Providing interactive examples, the band will take an in depth study into the acoustic instruments that complete a bluegrass line-up and their global origins.
Specifically, The Toy Hearts will investigate how each instrument lends
itself to the contribution of bluegrass music’s distinctive rhythm/drive, whilst also identifying the wide array of musical influences, including country, swing, jazz and the blues, all of which helped shape formation of the genre in the late 1940s. Within the workshop there will also be
discussion around the current progression of Bluegrass Music around the world, through recognition of the important role that young people play and the current leadership opportunities available to help preserve and develop its legacy. Throughout the workshop there will be ample opportunity for questions, demonstrations and examples of specifics, whilst exploring ways in which you can learn, jam and get involved with the wonderful world of Bluegrass Music. Attendees and enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to bring along their musical instruments, all ages welcome!

Sunday 1pm to 2:30 – Music workshop with Bellevue Rendezvous
Come and learn new tunes from Scotland and Europe on fiddle and nyckelharpa with Ruth Morris and Gavin Marwick. They have a wealth of travelling musical experience having played professionally and enthusiastically across Europe and other parts of the world, both individually and with groups including Bellevue Rendezvous, The Unusual Suspects, Iron Horse, McFall’s Chamber and Ceilidh Minogue. Many tunes have been learnt and inspiration has been had at concert halls, firesides, backstage areas, laybys and festivals from Ashkabad to Vancouver. Both musicians are experienced workshop tutors – Ruth runs community music and dance projects at home in Galloway while Gavin is a prolific composer, session player and theatre musician with “a CV that reads like a Who’s Who of Scottish music”.

All the best – Pam


Traditional Arts Team
19 Springfield Road
Kings Heath
B14 7DU

tel 0121 247 3856

The Traditional Arts Team runs activities in the Midlands relating to traditional song, music, storytelling and dance, and publishes the Folk Monthly magazine.

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