Stewart Hardy is an internationally-acclaimed performer, composer and teacher with numerous recordings and broadcast credits to his name. Based in the North East of England, a love for the traditional music of Northumberland and Scotland shines through his repertoire and influences his own compositions. Stewart’s teaching is diverse, and has covered many projects from international workshops to the Newcastle University folk degree course. He spent six years as an influential member of the very popular John Wright Band and has toured throughout the world playing traditional folk, pop, rock, jazz, country and western swing music.
A Play-along Session for any instrument with harmony suggestions provided, and two Fiddle Workshops aimed at differing levels. Read more…
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“Beautifully and stylishly played, good technique serves the music, never being used for mere flash.”
Tom Bell-Richards, reviewing Hawthorn’s Sweeter Shade in Fiddle On.
“Hardy has built up an enviable international reputation for his fiddle playing, venturing easily across genre boundaries… Whether drawing from the Scottish and Irish piping repertoire, from Tyneside’s rich heritage of tunes, or forging their own compositions from these traditions, Hardy and McLaughlin show themselves to be players of immense empathy and spirit.”
Oz Hardwick, reviewing Root 2 in R2.
“Hardy’s fiddling is technically nigh perfect, and his solo performance is enough to hold the attention for over an hour on this CD”
Alex Monaghan, reviewing Hawthorn’s Sweeter Shade in Living Tradition.
“Hardy brings a terrific range of colourful expression to his playing, from the gentle, poignant lilt of his slow airs, through the slippery hornpipe bowing that lights up The Locomotive and the swooping, steely poise of his own Thunderfoot.”
Rob Adams, reviewing Root 2 Herald Scotland.
“Stewart Hardy is pre-eminent among the many fine fiddle tutors with whom I’ve worked. His teaching is characterised by meticulous, clearly-focused preparation, effective structure, attention to detail, rigour, positive encouragement, good humour, patience, kindness and care. He has demanding yet reasonable expectations of his students, and makes sure his workshops are enjoyable, purposeful and productive. Thus his students, at all levels, become better and more confident players. He is the complete professional.”
Folkworks Education Director (1993-2007)
Upcoming EventsSep18Friall-day Cancelled: Advanced Fiddle Techn... @ Rydal HallCancelled: Advanced Fiddle Techn... @ Rydal HallSep 18 – Sep 20 all-dayAdvanced Fiddle Technique 18th – 20th September 2020 Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX Join Stewart in the beautiful surroundings of Rydal Hall in the Lake District, for a weekend of intensive fiddle tuition. This course...Oct2Fri7:00 pm October Workshops: Play-along Se... @ Online - on ZoomOctober Workshops: Play-along Se... @ Online - on ZoomOct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmOctober Workshops Play-along Session in Harmony for Mixed Instruments This will be a Zoom call open to intermediate players (and above) of any instrument. Notation will be provided in advance for all the tunes, together...Oct3Sat10:00 am October Workshops: Fiddle Worksh... @ Online - on ZoomOctober Workshops: Fiddle Worksh... @ Online - on ZoomOct 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pmOctober Workshops Fiddle Workshop 1 This workshop will provide a warm-up, technical session and will teach a tune which illustrates the use of the technique explored. Suitable for players from competent beginners to upper intermediates....2:00 pm October Workshops: Fiddle Worksh... @ Online - on ZoomOctober Workshops: Fiddle Worksh... @ Online - on ZoomOct 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pmOctober Workshops Fiddle Workshop 2 This workshop will provide a warm-up, technical session and will teach a tune which illustrates the use of the technique explored. Aimed at intermediate to advanced level fiddle players. Full...
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