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Valmai Goodyear

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    English concertina, British traditional music, playing with Spare Parts Concertina Band http://www.sparepartsband.co.uk/
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    Lewes, East Sussex, UK

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  1. Just realised that I put this post on last year's announcement - apologies for the mistake. Bryan Creer and I (Spare Parts) will be running some concertina part-playing sessions at Whitby Folk Week 2019. When we know how many, Bryan will put the music on the band website (http://www.sparepartsband.co.uk/SPTunes.php) as dots and midis for people to try out. We'll produce a couple of sets to go in the workshop showcase concert at the end of the week, but there will be other arrangements as well. You'll be very welcome to have a bash at the arrangements whether you're coming to our Whitby sessions or not. Some arrangements we produced for the Tenterden and Lewes Folk Festivals last year are still available on the website - feel free to give those a kicking, too. They will work on any melody instrument.
  2. Delighted to say that Bryan Creer and I (Spare Parts) will be running some concertina part-playing sessions. When we know how many, Bryan will put the music on the band website (http://www.sparepartsband.co.uk/SPTunes.php) as dots and midis for people to try out. We'll produce a couple of sets to go in the workshop showcase concert at the end of the week, but there will be other arrangements as well. You'll be very welcome to have a bash at the arrangements whether you're coming to our Whitby sessions or not. Some arrangements we produced for the Tenterden and Lewes Folk Festivals last year are still available on the website - feel free to give those a kicking, too. They will work on any melody instrument.
  3. Valmai Goodyear

    Emmanuel Pariselle & Richard Burgess

    Could I add that they are also doing an all-day workshop on French & Scandinavian dance music for any instrument at Lewes Saturday Folk Club in Sussex on 18th. May, followed by an evening performance? Tickets are available for both events. Some music will be sent in advance. Full details here: http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/LAFC/WS267desc.html
  4. Dear Don, I wish I could help, but I haven't got the technology and also feel it would be off-putting for pupils to know that the workshop was being filmed, even if the camera/mobile phone wasn't being pointed directly at them. It would be a bit like the cold panic that descends when you try to record yourself. How about making your local organiser's life a misery until they book Sandra to do a workshop in Ontario? And possibly one on the Baltic Coast on the way, following Wolf Molkentin's comment above. Best wishes, Valmai
  5. Lewes Saturday Folk Club Workshop No 269 SANDRA KERR CONCERTINA & SONG WORKSHOP (any system) www.sandrakerr.net Places £35 (2 under-25-year-olds £17) Sunday 23rd. June 2019 10.45 a.m. - 4.45 p.m. Elephant & Castle White Hill Lewes BN7 2DJ Sandra Kerr has long been a brilliant & influential singer & player of the English concertina, since with her days with Ewan MacColl's Critics Group. A versatile musician with a fine, expressive voice, she is also an accomplished songwriter & has been a core tutor on the Newcastle University Traditional Music degree course. Sandra has recorded with many fine performers including her daughter Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. She also co-wrote the music for the children's TV series Bagpuss. The workshop will focus on creative accompaniment for the voice using any concertina system, & also a short session on the tunes Sandra recorded with Vic Gammon on the highly entertaining CD Early Scottish Ragtime. Some music will be sent in advance. ON SATURDAY EVENING 22 JUNE SANDRA KERR PERFORMS AT LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB (£9; advance tickets available from from http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/LAFC/WS269book.html) Provisional Timetable 10.45 Registration & coffee; please order lunch at the bar (refreshments not included) 11.00 Creative accompaniment: After a warm-up designed specifically for concertina players, Sandra will demonstrate some of the ways she uses the instrument on traditional & contemporary songs, de-constructing them, & helping you to achieve something similar. 12.30 Lunch 13.30 Your accompaniments: after a brief play through some tunes (Northumbrian - dots supplied) to warm up, we'll listen to some of your accompaniments, & look at ways of developing them or doing something different - or of starting from scratch on an agreed piece. 15.00 Tea/coffee break 15.15 To finish the day, we'll play some catchy & unusual tunes (identified by Vic Gammon as 'Early Scottish Ragtime'...!) & see if we can make them swing! 16.45 Finish N.B. Booking is recommended as numbers are limited. Maps, music & accommodation lists will be sent in advance. SANDRA KERR CONCERTINA & SONG WORKSHOP (any system) Sunday 23rd. June 2019 BOOKING FORM I would like to attend the workshop. I enclose a cheque for £35.00 (refreshments not included). Email first for youth rate. Name: Address: Instrument: No. of tickets for Saturday 22nd. June evening performance (£9 each, include SAE for these): Telephone: E-mail address: Tick for map: Tick for accommodation list: Please make cheques payable to Lewes Saturday Folk Club and send with this booking form to: Valmai Goodyear, 20, St. John's Terrace, LEWES, East Sussex BN7 2DL 01273 476757 valmaigoodyear[at]aol[dot] www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/
  6. JODY KRUSKAL US OLD-TIME WORKSHOP ALL CONCERTINA SYSTEMS, ALL INSTRUMENTS Lewes Saturday Folk Club Workshop No 246 (a not-for-profit organisation) www.jodykruskal.com Places £35 (2 under-25-year-olds £17) Saturday 18th. November 2017 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Elephant & Castle White Hill Lewes BN7 2DJ UK Direct from Brooklyn NY, Jody is a master of the unruly Anglo concertina, squeezing out vintage US tunes & songs that are hilarious, gritty & true - about train wrecks, wrecked marriages, Death Row convicts, lonesome lovers, heroes, losers, braggarts & idlers, often with strong bluesy flavours & fine choruses. Jody will present old-time tunes for concertina band & any other instruments you care to bring. Fiddlers are especially encouraged to attend & all are welcome from readers to ear players & from beginners to experts. Scores & audio will be available in advance, so come prepared for a good time playing some great tunes together as a band. JODY KRUSKAL PERFORMS AT LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB IN THE EVENING (£7; advance tickets available from the club & its website www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org) Provisional Timetable 10.45 Registration & coffee; order lunch (refreshments not included) 11.00 Learn Pearl Blake's Tune, Ora Lee, Barlow Knife & The rivers of Texas song. 12.30 Lunch 13.30 Study Old-Time rhythms, timing, harmony, chords & bass lines. 15.00 Tea/coffee 15.15 - 16.45 Perform for ourselves as a band & in small groups. N.B. Booking is recommended as numbers are limited. Maps & accommodation lists will be sent on request. BOOKING FORM I would like to attend the workshop. I enclose a cheque for £35.00 (refreshments not included). Email first for youth places. Name: Address: Instrument(s): No. of tickets for evening performance (£7 each, include SAE for these): Telephone: E-mail address: Tick for map: Tick for accommodation list: Please make cheques payable to Lewes Saturday Folk Club and send with this booking form to: Valmai Goodyear, 20, St. John's Terrace, LEWES, East Sussex BN7 2DL Tel. (01273) 476757 valmaigoodyear[at]aol[dot]com www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/
  7. Confused now. Should I have put this straight on the calendar? I just tried to do that with a different event but it's not showing there (18th. November).
  8. Tenterden Folk Festival Sunday 8th. October, 16:00 17:30 Glebe Hall, Church Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6AT, UK Spare Parts Concertina Band (Bryan Creer and Valmai Goodyear) bring three 3-part arrangements of traditional tunes for people to play together. They will suit any meldody instrument, not just concertinas, and all are welcome. You can download the tunes now from the Spare Parts Band website at http://www.sparepartsband.co.uk/SPTunes.php in midi (each harmony line separate) pdf and Noteworthy Composer. Feel free to try them out even if you aren't coming to the workshop. The tunes are Strily Vale, Christmas Box and A Sussex Waltz. Bryan & Valmai help to run Lewes Saturday Folk Club in Sussex (www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org) and also collaborated with Andy Warburton to publish the well-known Lewes Favourites tune books.
  9. The advance music for this is now ready to be sent out. We have a few evening tickets left for Leveret and preference is given to people who are booking for one of the workshops,. Sam Sweeney's is sold out and we only have three places left for Andy Cutting's.
  10. The advance music for this will be ready soon. We have some places for the workshop, and some tickets for Rob's evening performance with Leveret at Lewes Saturday Folk Club.
  11. Lewes Saturday Folk Club (a not-for-profit organisation) workshop 227 ROB HARBRON CONCERTINA WORKSHOP http://robertharbron.com/ Saturday 10th. September 2016 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £35 (£17 for two under 25-year olds) The Dorset, 22 Malling St, Lewes BN7 2RD The other members of Leveret, Andy Cutting (melodeon) and Sam Sweeney (fiddle) are also leading all-day workshops today. Rob is a composer, producer & one of the country's best players of English concertina. He is known for his work with Leveret, Sam Sweeney's Made In The Great War project, The Full English, Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Kerr Fagan Harbron, Emma Reid, Fieldfare, & The Royal Shakespeare Company. Rob's workshop will explore various elements and techniques with the aim of helping each attendee develop their own personal style of playing. He will cover aspects of technique that will help all players get the most from their instrument, including teaching some little-known tunes and some of the stylistic elements that can make those tunes work, as well as exploring chords and harmony. The workshop is focused on the English system but open to players of all systems. ROB HARBRON performs with LEVERET at THE ELEPHANT & CASTLE IN THE EVENING (£12; advance tickets available from the address at end of this post) ROB HARBRON CONCERTINA WORKSHOP Saturday 10th. September 2016 Provisional Timetable 10.45 Registration & coffee; order lunch (refreshments not included). 11.00 Basics - effective use of bellows, fingers, dynamics, phrasing and more 12.30 Lunch 13.30 Tunes - a few newly-rediscovered dance tunes and some techniques to play them well 15.00 Tea/coffee break 15.15 Chords - some techniques for beginning or improving chordal playing, and some ways of adding chords and harmony to tunes 16.45 Finish N.B. Booking is recommended as numbers are limited. Music, maps & accommodation lists will be sent in advance. ROB HARBRON CONCERTINA WORKSHOP Saturday 10th. September 2016 BOOKING FORM I enclose a cheque for £35.00 (email first for under-25 rate) for workshop fees (refreshments not included). Name: Address: Concertina system: No. of tickets for evening performance (£12 each, include SAE for these): Telephone: E-mail address: Tick for map: Tick for accommodation list: Please make cheques payable to Lewes Saturday Folk Club and send with this booking form to: Valmai Goodyear, 20, St. John's Terrace, LEWES, East Sussex BN7 2DL Tel. (01273) 476757 valmaigoodyear@aol.com www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org
  12. Cor, thanks for the kind remarks. The arrangement is published in Matt Seattle's Book 'Scottish Airs for Pairs'. He has also produced 'Airs for Pairs' and 'More Airs for Pairs'. His arrangements are inventive, lively and beautiful. James Oswald's 'Calendonian Pocket Companion' (shouldn't that be Sporran Companion?) isn't in print but there are several downloadable versions on the internet: try http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Caledonian_Pocket_Companion_%28Oswald,_James%29 and https://archive.org/details/caledonianpocket01rugg. Matt is a brilliant Border piper, guitarist and fiddler. He's researched and published several collections of Border music as well as composing his own. His website is http://www.dragonflymusic.co.uk/. Matt is doing an all-day workshop on arranging traditional tunes for any instrument at Lewes Saturday Folk Club on Saturday 2nd. July and performing at the folk club in the evening. Full details, timetable and a booking form are in this link: http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/LAFC/WS223desc.html.
  13. Shepherds of Yarrow arranged by Matt Seattle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgWLYKhQg78 Carolan's Draught arranged by Matt Seattle: http://www.songsfromthecaravan.co.uk/valmai-goodyear-and-bryan-creer-carolans-draught/ Hole in the Wall arranged by Matt Seattle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PdQd-MCny8 Lochanside arranged by Anne Hughes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG7tLGXB0Qo Terry Helyar generously invites all sorts of musicians to record in his caravan. Last year we were lucky enough to be asked. This is his site for the project: http://www.songsfromthecaravan.co.uk/
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