Come and learn the satisfying and engaging skills of playing for dancing! An ensemble class, open to all instruments, we will be focusing on emphasis, speed and atmosphere, learning how to keep a steady speed, how to keep a light sound with plenty of groove, essential for dance music, and how to craft and shape the tunes and arrangements to make exciting music for both listeners and dancers.
The Ceilidh Band Workshop caters for mixed instruments of level 3/4 standard (improvers/intermediate).
Improvers will need to know the chords D, G, A, E, F, C, Am, Em, Bm, Dm, Gm and be confident in their ability to create strumming patterns.
Intermediate instrumentalists will have an opportunity to play the melody.
Laurel is a fiddle player, a dancer and an inspiring instigator of creative new projects and performances rooted in the folk arts. She plays fiddle and viola in dynamic fiddle-singing duo with Ben Moss, double bass with Gadarene, a high-energy band blending obscure 18th century manuscript tunes with modern beats, and fiddle with irresistible ceilidh-dance groovers, The Gloworms. Laurel has choreographed and devised national touring dance productions for Morris Offspring, co-created and performed Under Her Skin with Debs Newbold, advised theatre & film companies on using folk music and dance material. She is in demand to perform and teach at festivals in the UK and America, founded Shooting Roots, which develops youth folk arts projects, and teaches and contributes to education projects in London and nationally.
The next academic year will run from September 2017 - April 2018
Autumn Term 2017: 9, 23, 30 Sept | 14, 21 Oct | 4, 18 Nov | 2, 16 Dec
Spring Term 2018: 20, 27 Jan | 3, 17 Feb | 3, 17, 24 March | 14, 21 April
Ceilidh Band (15.30 - 17.00)
Refunds: all courses are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by EFDSS.
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