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EATMT workshop day - 'Pressing the Buttons' 19th October 2019

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Bookings are now open for the new East Anglian Traditional Music Trust venture 'Pressing the Buttons' workshops, going ahead on Saturday 19th October at the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Tutors are Sally Barrett (English concertina), Alan Day (Anglo concertina), Otis Luxton and Steve Dumpleton (melodeons).

Also sessions on Saturday lunch time, plus a Saturday evening concert (details to be announced).


On the Friday evening there is an evening of Traditional Music and Song with a session led by Suffolk-based Company of Horham Old School who are being joined by a number of local musicians. The MC for the evening is Richard Cove who regularly hosts a Traditional Music session at the Blaxhall Ship Inn on the East coast of Suffolk.


Full details and booking information HERE


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Alex Bartholomew (administrator for the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust) tells me that there is a steady stream of applicants for this event, but still plenty of spaces available.

After the damage and shambles caused by the abrupt resignation of the director who had just been appointed to replace John and Katie Howson, EATMT is now starting to get back on track. Please support this event if you can. We want to rebuild confidence and return to the former success of events such as the very popular 'Melodeons and More' (which included concertinas!) and 'Traditional Music Day'.

Even if you can't come yourself, please spread the word to your concertina- and melodeon playing friends who may not be concertina.net members.

Further information here and a booking form here.

Hope to see you there!

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Just a reminder that the 'Pressing the Buttons' workshop spaces are filling steadily, so if you haven't already done so, get your applications in very soon.
Application form here.

EATMT coordinator Alex Bartholomew writes:

The musicians have been booked via EATMT and now the Museum of East Anglian Life is busy organising the Cider side of the event which includes adding various craft stalls and activities for the day and building on last year’s event.  Camping has been added following popular requests for this as have a few beers alongside the vast number of ciders and lots of soft drinks and on site caterers.

Join us for music performances, workshops, a lunchtime music session, storytelling, food tasting and craft activities.

Friday 18th October 5.30pm

Taking place on the back lawn of Abbot’s Hall House, the bar in the Marquee opens on Friday evening at 5.30pm and tickets for the evening are £7.50 (via the Museum – in person or in advance via the Museum’s Cider & Song website).  There will be a Traditional Music Session from 7pm hosted by Company of Horham Old School with Richard Cove as MC (Richard is currently MC of the third Wednesday of the month sessions at the Blaxhall Ship Inn). You’re welcome to bring your instruments or just your voice and join in or to sit and sample the ciders and listen.

Saturday 19th October 11am-5pm; 7pm – 11pm

For a full and up to date list of stall holders and performers involved in the day, please refer to the Cider and Song website.  EATMT has endeavoured to cover performers with links from across the counties of East Anglia with varying styles of Traditional Music and so we hope there’s something for everyone.  

This year, the Trust is pleased to have involved:

Capstan Full Strength
Sound Tradition
Potiphar’s Apprentices
Stumpy Oak
The Harbour Lights Trio
The Sam Kelly Trio
For more information on this event, please visit the Cider and Song website or our Events page (scroll down for Cider and Song information).

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On 9/1/2019 at 10:00 AM, RonnyB said:

Yes I'm all booked up for the English concertina day looking forward to it I used to go to Melodeons and more and that was great fun meeting like minded people . Ron


I'm booked too, for Sally's afternoon session.

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