Blowzabella are a genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based wall-of-sound, played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling.
Blowzabella is made up of Andy Cutting – diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya – vocals, saxophone, clarinet; Paul James – vocals, bagpipes, saxophones; Gregory Jolivet – hurdy-gurdy; David Shepherd – violin; Barn Stradling – bass guitar; Jon Swayne – bagpipes, saxophone.
10am – 12.30pm Dance workshop
2pm – 5.30pm Instrumental and Vocal workshops
10am – 5:30pm (with lunch break) Ensemble
Diatonic Accordion – Andy Cutting, 3 times BBC Folk musician of the year award winner will look at techniques through teaching a tune. Come and learn from one of the best.
Pipes – Jon Swayne will lead a bagpipe workshop and teach tunes with harmony lines etc. He makes and plays border pipes. Other pipes can be accommodated. Please note if your intending to come, it would be helpful to know what key your pipes are in.
Hurdy-Gurdy – Gregory Jolivet will look at Hurdy-Gurdy techniques through the teaching of a tune or two. An extraordinary player and a much sought after educator.
Song – Jo Freya experienced ensemble singer, workshop and choir leader will lead a harmony workshop teaching her arrangements of traditional folk songs. No previous experience necessary this is all about the joy of singing.
Fiddle – Dave Shepherd has an astonishing repertoire of tunes from England and Europe. He is also a highly experienced tutor who can teach a variety of bowing techniques and effects.
Dance – Jo Freya and Dave Shepherd will teach unusual dances from the UK and Europe whilst also checking that you have the basics for the bal in the evening. No experience needed all welcome.
Ensemble – an all day workshop with Paul James and Barnaby Stradling where you become part of a large group learning and arranging a Blowzabella tunes.