For D/G Melodeon
Tutors: Steve Dumpleton, Brian Peters, John Spiers and Julian Sutton
COURSE UNITS - Choose one from each list.
A2 - Brian Peters - Squeeze and Sing!
*A3 - John Spiers - Tunes in E minor - Tips & Tricks
A4 - Julian Sutton - Pushing the Boundaries
B2 - Brian Peters - Two Rows in Tandem
*B3 - John Spiers - D/G Plus - Expanding the Horizons
B4 - Julian Sutton - Rhythms of the North-East
C2 - Brian Peters - Mellow Melodeon
*C3 - John Spiers - Orphaned Cotswold Morris Tunes
C4 - Julian Sutton - Minor Matters
STEVE DUMPLETON lives in Sheffield and has been playing the melodeon and anglo concertina for over 30 years. He is an experienced teacher of both instruments and has frequently been a workshop tutor at various events including Melodeons and More in Suffolk and Whitby Folk Week. This will be his third appearance as a tutor at Melodeons at Witney. Steve specialises in playing for dancing and is a regular musician for the Sheffield womens' dance team Lizzie Dripping, fenland-based Ouse Washes Molly Dancers and local ceilidh bands. His style of playing is firmly rooted in the English dance tradition, particularly from the south and east of England, his original home. A few years living near Carmarthen also developed his love of traditional Welsh music. Additionally, Steve brings the experience and discipline of over 40 years as an orchestral clarinettist into fusion with folk traditions. He strives to bring rhythmic vitality coupled with melodic phrasing into his playing and into his teaching.
BRIAN PETERS has been a professional musician and teacher for over twenty years, using the melodeon in a variety of styles including Northern English dance music, and accompaniments for traditional folk songs. He’s also played melodeon in blues and rock’n’roll bands, dabbled in other styles such as Tex-Mex, and composed a body of original tunes, many taken up by other players. Brian is a regular tutor at Witney and has worked for the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, Folkworks, Australian National Folk Festival masterclasses, the Carrefour Mondiale de l’Accordeon in Quebec, and numerous trekharmonika workshops in the Netherlands, as well as giving countless festival workshops. His classes are well-planned, carefully tailored to ability level, and always good fun.
JOHN SPIERS (known better in folk circles as ‘Squeezy‘) has made a name for himself as one of the leading melodeon players of his generation, well known for his long-standing duo partnership with Jon Boden as well as being a key member of Bellowhead, the most successful folk band in recent history. John was also a member of Eliza Carthy’s band for five years, featuring on her 2002 Mercury nominated album, Anglicana. John has a passion for traditional music, particularly that of the Thames Valley and the Vale of the White Horse where he grew up. Mainly self-taught and influenced by both local musicians and leading players in the folk world, he has developed an exciting and danceable style on his instruments which retains the raw rhythm of the morris while developing tunes in original and musical ways. John is also a composer and many of his tunes have been adopted and are played in music sessions up and down the country. After far too long, he makes a return visit to Witney as a tutor.
JULIAN SUTTON hails from the North East of England and has been playing melodeon in traditional music groups since the age of nine. His playing is rooted in Northumbrian traditional music but has also been influenced by various European traditional styles as well as by contemporary music and jazz. He is best known for his work with the Northumbrian piper and composer Kathryn Tickell and her band, with whom he has recorded several albums and toured throughout the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. Julian also has a reputation as a skilled accompanist of traditional song, having worked with (amongst others) Northumbrian song group and recent Mercury Prize nominees The Unthanks and the award-winning English folk songstress Kate Rusby. Other collaborations have included working with percussionist Evelyn Glennie and Norwegian brass group The Brazz Brothers. His most exciting musical adventure to date has been recording and performing with Sting, for the projects If On a Winter's Night (2009), and The Last Ship (2013).
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