23rd - 25th September, 2016
Workshops for English, Anglo and Duet Concertinas
A2 Simon Thoumire - Explorations for English Concertina
A3 Dave Townsend - Dancing Concertinas
A4 Matt Quinn - Accompanying Songs and Tunes with Duet Concertina
B2 Simon Thoumire - Introduction to Scottish Music
B3 Dave Townsend - English Concertina Old Style
B4 Matt Quinn - Introduction to Sussex Tunes
C2 Simon Thoumire - Improvisation for Concertinas
C3 Dave Townsend - What a Lovely Tune!
C4 Pam Bishop - Arranging for Concertinas
PAM BISHOP plays duet concertina and guitar, and leads the dance band Mad Moll and the Moseley Village Band. She is a director of the Traditional Arts Team which runs performance and training events across the Midlands. She is also a trustee of the Charles Parker Archive which is hosted in the Library of Birmingham. More about Pam on https://sites.google.com/site/duetconcertina/
TIM COLLINS is widely acclaimed as one of the great anglo concertina players and tutors of modern times. Although based in Crusheen, County Clare where he runs his own concertina school, Tim’s music strongly bears the sonic imprint of his native County Limerick.
MATT QUINN is fast becoming a well-known name on the English folk scene. Born and raised in Sussex, Matt has focused his solo repertoire on traditional songs and tunes that have been collected in his home county. He is currently gigging (amongst other things) with The Dovetail Trio (where he plays his Maccann Duet Concertina alongside Rosie Hood & Jamie Roberts) on the UK folk club and festival circuit and more recently performed with them live on BBC Radio 3.
SIMON THOUMIRE is a concertina player and composer from Scotland who has worked in the fields of folk and improvisation. He has performed all over the world solo, in duos and bands, and released numerous albums, often on his own highly successful label. His latest album - released in 2013 - is called He Think's He's Invisible and was recorded with guitarist Ian Carr. More information at www.simonthoumire.com
DAVE TOWNSEND is one of the acknowledged masters of the English Concertina, equally at home playing dance music, folksong, classical and modern music. He also plays accordion, fiddle and one-row melodeon, and sings. His wide-ranging musical activities cover composition, teaching, research and publication, music for radio, television and theatre, leading choirs and singing groups, plus dance workshops and calling. His interest in rural traditions of playing and singing in harmony led to the formation of The Mellstock Band and the West Gallery Music Association. He has toured and recorded widely as a soloist and with ensembles as varied as Jumpleads, Alianza, Sod’s Opera and The Lost Chord. He is the Director of Hands On Music Weekends.
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