Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth Harbour  2nd 3rd 4th June 2017

Workshops & Sessions        

All venues are very close to/within the festival area

Just turn up and have a go (a small charge may apply)

Hope Church DT4 8TW

Workshops

Hope Church, Trinity Street


Sat 12 – 1pm

Playing slide guitar - an introduction with John Forsdyke

This hands on workshop will cover open tunings (mainly G and D) and slide technique.  During the session you will start to learn a simple blues tune in G, ad have the opportunity to ask questions.  Notes will be provided to take away - please bring a slide/bottleneck with your guitar. John is an experienced slide player specialising in Delta blues, and plays a try-cone resonator ad a Weissenborn lap steel.



Sat 1 – 2 pm

Owning your song - Pauline Anscombe

If your intention as a singer is to be an artist tribute, then this is not for you.  This is all about ways for you as a singer to make a song your own.  Together we'll look at such things as vocal phrasing, emphasis, story-telling, presentation etc.  Please bring along a song that you want to work on, and be prepared to have fun.


Sat 2 - 3 

Spoons as percussion - June Rowlands

How to play the spoons to accompany folk and dance tunes and songs.  A lot of fun with an instrument that is being taken a lot more seriously.  You will learn to play, and accompany John Rowlands on accordion.  Spoons provided!


Sat 3 – 5 pm 

Concertina workshop - Mike and Gwenda Selley

On behalf of the West Country Concertina Players (WCCP) Mike and Gwen are again offering taster session - come along and try a concertina under the helpful guidance of members of the WCCP who run regular player days and workshops (wccp.org).  Instruments will be available for people to try.  So if you want to play a concertina for Morris, for folk singing, or any other style - come along!


Sun 2 – 3 pm 

DAGDAD tuning - Paul Openshaw

A leading exponent and enthusiast for this tuning, Paul will work on method and accompaniment for tune and song, covering chord shapes, inversions, passing chords and closed position chording.  Bring your guitar and try something different. (www.paulopenshaw.com/dagdad)



Sun 3 – 5 pm 

Folk Orc


This workshop is an ideal opportunity to come and try an instrument out, whether you are an experienced player looking for something different, or even if you have never played an instrument before.  We have mandolins, banjos, fiddles and more, with experienced players on hand to assist.  You may also have the opportunity to try these on two or three traditional songs during the workshop.

Pub Sessions

The Sailor's Return


Friday 8pm

Fliss Voisey invites all performers, singers and players to come along an contribute, or just listen.  Theme - "Soldiers and Sailors" 


Saturday 1 - 3 pm

Lynn Targett leads - the emphasis in these Americana sessions is on participation rather than individual performance, wanting those attending to spend much of the 2 hours singing and playing themselves and accompanying others.  We interpret Americana as Bluegrass, Old-Time, American Folk, Country, and Blues.  A warm welcome awaits those of any ability.


Saturday 3 - 5 pm

Dorset Wrecks - Dorset's favourite shantyists (!) - bring a sea shanty/song with you, or join in with the Wrecks.


Saturday 8pm

June and John Rowlands - accomplished dance musicians on fiddle and button accordion, they have played in the UK and overseas for many years, and have been the core of many pub sessions.  Their own local  thriving sessions grown from grass roots in Kimpton, Herts, is providing its second Folk Festival in July.  They look forward to seeing all for an "eclectic and inclusive" mix.


Sunday 1 - 3 pm

Lynn Targett leads - the emphasis in these Americana sessions is on participation rather than individual performance, wanting those attending to spend much of the 2 hours singing and playing themselves and accompanying others.  We interpret Americana as Bluegrass, Old-Time, American Folk, Country, and Blues.  A warm welcome awaits those of any ability.


Sunday 3 - 5pm

Weymouth Folk club Session hosted by The Two Peas - everyone welcome.

Folk Club led by the Two Peas (Pauline and Pat), who are once again running the ever-popular Sunday Folk Club session.  Depending on numbers you should get at least two songs each, but please do come along early to ensure a spot.


Sunday 8 - 11

Survivor's Session led by Roger and Jo Quigley - the title says it all - a final celebration of the weekend.

The Old Rooms


Friday 8pm

Big Al Whittle - our favourite deadpan deliverer of songs with slick guitar work.  Listen, join in, and/or contribute your own.


Sunday 8 - 11pm

Dawn Harris (Julie Dawn) is a Bristol based a cappella singer, inspired by the folk revival of the 60s and with a Celtic traditional background.  Bring your voices (and guitar accompaniment if you wish).  From beautiful ballads to a chorus or two, beginners or seasoned performers, all are welcome.

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS



The Boot


Friday 8pm

Morris session - we tried this last year and it was great fun, so here it is again, being held at an old Weymouth pub with an excellent range of real ales and ciders. Hosted by Peter from Wessex Morris and Ian of Festus Derriman, this is pre-festival, so if you are in town, bring along tunes and songs to join in or just listen.


Saturday 8pm

Stuart Cave may transfer his dazzling Irish Cove House sessions to Weymouth all the way from Portland, or he may do something completely different.  But whichever it will be fun, fast  and furious.  Bring instruments and songs, or just your ears.




The Red Lion


Sunday 4 June 3 - 5 pm 


Bluegrass session hosted by Nigel Canter, with very special guests from Nashville. Traditional bluegrass instruments only please 


NEW VENUE DUKE OF CORNWALL


SESSION NOW CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS


The Chapelhay Tavern


Irish Music Sessions


Friday evening 7pm start


Sunday afternoon 1pm start


  • Everyone welcome
  • Real ales 
  • Traditional pub
  • Beer garden