Mar
22
Fri
Fiddle Techniques Workshop – Fully Booked @ JSArts
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
Fiddle Techniques Workshop - Fully Booked @ JSArts | Grantham | United Kingdom

Fiddle Techniques with Stewart Hardy
Fully Booked

Tunes are carefully selected to work as exercises demonstrating particular techniques, whilst at the same time providing a melodic stimulus. Exercises are extracted from the tunes to facilitate applying the technique to other tunes. Many of the tunes are suitable for multi-level workshops, with the teaching of a variety of techniques, requiring greater or lesser technical experience, applied to them. Subject matter includes: bowing technique, left hand technique and general fiddle well-being. In the choice of repertoire emphasis is given to stylistic aspects of the music. A number of considerations are given to the selection of tunes, including their interest to Stewart in his studies, their interest to the general musical community, their demonstration of particular stylistic nuances, and as being representative of a composer’s style.

All sheet music and mp3 files of all the tunes covered are provided and included in the price. Plus recordings of exercises from the course where these are helpful.

The workshops typically take between 7 & 10 people for three days of instruction. The cost covers all food, tuition, refreshments and overnight accommodation.The course cost for the weekend (Friday Lunchtime through to Sunday evening) includes everything by way of meals and refreshments, so no need to spend another penny on anything once you are there. Vegan and vegetarian diets are catered for, as are lactose and gluten intolerance.

Over the weekend there are 10 * 75 minute workshops. Dinner is followed each evening by an informal session led by Stewart. These help reinforce the techniques learned during the day, give you a chance to hear and learn new tunes and teach others some of your own favourites.

Your tutor is available to you from breakfast until bed-time for questions and advice.

Mar
27
Wed
North East Fiddle School: 2019 Block 2 @ Westfield School - Senior House
Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm

NORTH EAST FIDDLE SCHOOL

Five week course: Weds 27th Feb – 27th Mar 2019
Level 2 – Technique (6.30 – 7.45 pm) and Style (8.00 – 9.15 pm)  £80
Level 3 – Technique (6.30 – 7.45 pm) and Style (8.00 – 9.15 pm)  £80
[One class only:  £45]

Please email or use the contact form with any queries or to book.

The North East Fiddle School offers weekly classes on Fiddle Technique and Style on a Wednesday evening at the Westfield School in Gosforth. Our excellent tutors teach classes based on fiddle technique and style, for different ability levels. Over the course of each evening both ability groups will be taught by two different tutors, which alternate each block, thus allowing for a range of teaching styles and repertoire.

The evenings run on Wednesdays from 6.30 – 9.15 pm and aim to provide an encouraging and stimulating environment for those wishing to improve their fiddle playing and musicianship. Students should be aged 16 or over and details of our full class offerings are available on the NEFS Classes page. Please use the contact form to get in touch and for booking details.

Mar
28
Thu
Jimmy’s Fiddle / Gosforth @ Gosforth Civic Theatre
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm
Jimmy's Fiddle / Gosforth @ Gosforth Civic Theatre

“Jimmy’s Fiddle” is launching its next mini-tour with a North East show at Gosforth Civic Theatre on Thurs 28th March at 7.30 pm

Join us for a night of music, dance, songs and humour as we delve in to a story of Georgian/Victorian Tyneside through the eyes of James Hill, “The Geordie Paganini”.

James Hill was probably the most famous fiddler on Tyneside during the late Georgian and early Victorian period. He wrote more than 40 tunes, mainly for hornpipes, inspired and informed by the places and characters he came to know.

This story is a reflective account of his life, told through ‘Jimmy’s ghost’ and set in and around The Hawk public house, which was owned by his future father-in-law. The narrative unfolds to a back-drop of James Hill’s own compositions, clog dancing and songs from the time, incorporating some newly commissioned pieces.

Featuring two top virtuoso fiddle players Tom McConville (BBC Musician of the Year) and Stewart Hardy, this show provides fantastic entertainment for all the family. Tom and Stewart will be joined by two of the North East’s finest singers Alan Fitzsimmons and Jim Mageean and clog dancing champion Natalie Reid.

Mar
29
Fri
Jimmy’s Fiddle / Halifax @ Square Chapel Arts Centre
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm
Jimmy's Fiddle / Halifax @ Square Chapel Arts Centre

“Jimmy’s Fiddle” is showing in West Yorkshire, at the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax.

Join us for a night of music, dance, songs and humour as we delve in to a story of Georgian/Victorian Tyneside through the eyes of James Hill, “The Geordie Paganini”.

James Hill was probably the most famous fiddler on Tyneside during the late Georgian and early Victorian period. He wrote more than 40 tunes, mainly for hornpipes, inspired and informed by the places and characters he came to know.

This story is a reflective account of his life, told through ‘Jimmy’s ghost’ and set in and around The Hawk public house, which was owned by his future father-in-law. The narrative unfolds to a back-drop of James Hill’s own compositions, clog dancing and songs from the time, incorporating some newly commissioned pieces.

Featuring two top virtuoso fiddle players Tom McConville (BBC Musician of the Year) and Stewart Hardy, this show provides fantastic entertainment for all the family. Tom and Stewart will be joined by two of the North East’s finest singers Alan Fitzsimmons and Jim Mageean and clog dancing champion Natalie Reid.

Mar
30
Sat
Jimmy’s Fiddle / London @ Cecil Sharp House
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm
Jimmy's Fiddle / London @ Cecil Sharp House

“Jimmy’s Fiddle” heads south to London, visiting the home of the EFDSS in Camden, Cecil Sharp House.

Join us for a night of music, dance, songs and humour as we delve in to a story of Georgian/Victorian Tyneside through the eyes of James Hill, “The Geordie Paganini”.

James Hill was probably the most famous fiddler on Tyneside during the late Georgian and early Victorian period. He wrote more than 40 tunes, mainly for hornpipes, inspired and informed by the places and characters he came to know.

This story is a reflective account of his life, told through ‘Jimmy’s ghost’ and set in and around The Hawk public house, which was owned by his future father-in-law. The narrative unfolds to a back-drop of James Hill’s own compositions, clog dancing and songs from the time, incorporating some newly commissioned pieces.

Featuring two top virtuoso fiddle players Tom McConville (BBC Musician of the Year) and Stewart Hardy, this show provides fantastic entertainment for all the family. Tom and Stewart will be joined by two of the North East’s finest singers Alan Fitzsimmons and Jim Mageean and clog dancing champion Natalie Reid.

Mar
31
Sun
Jimmy’s Fiddle / Coalville @ Century Theatre
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm
Jimmy's Fiddle / Coalville @ Century Theatre

“Jimmy’s Fiddle” heads to the Midlands, to the Century Theatre in Coalville (start time to be confirmed)

Join us for a night of music, dance, songs and humour as we delve in to a story of Georgian/Victorian Tyneside through the eyes of James Hill, “The Geordie Paganini”.

James Hill was probably the most famous fiddler on Tyneside during the late Georgian and early Victorian period. He wrote more than 40 tunes, mainly for hornpipes, inspired and informed by the places and characters he came to know.

This story is a reflective account of his life, told through ‘Jimmy’s ghost’ and set in and around The Hawk public house, which was owned by his future father-in-law. The narrative unfolds to a back-drop of James Hill’s own compositions, clog dancing and songs from the time, incorporating some newly commissioned pieces.

Featuring two top virtuoso fiddle players Tom McConville (BBC Musician of the Year) and Stewart Hardy, this show provides fantastic entertainment for all the family. Tom and Stewart will be joined by two of the North East’s finest singers Alan Fitzsimmons and Jim Mageean and clog dancing champion Natalie Reid.

Apr
10
Wed
Bottle Bank Band in Morpeth @ St George's URC
Apr 10 @ 12:30 pm
Bottle Bank Band in Morpeth @ St George's URC

Bottle Bank Band return to perform a Wednesday Lunchtime concert at St George’s URC in Morpeth. These events are very well attended and a pleasure to perform at.

Doors open at 12 noon with tea, coffee & biscuits available and tickets are just £3 on the door.

May
23
Thu
Stewart & Frank / Kirkcaldy @ Kirkcaldy Folk Club
May 23 @ 7:30 pm
May
24
Fri
Stewart & Frank / Wall, Northumberland @ St George's Church
May 24 @ 7:30 pm
May
26
Sun
Stewart & Frank / Workshop in South London @ Private Workshop
May 26 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Stewart & Frank / Workshop in South London @ Private Workshop
Stewart and Frank will be holding a full day’s Mixed Instrument workshop in Tulse Hill on Sunday 26th May.
Stewart & Frank are both experienced and popular workshop leaders. Individually they teach regularly in their local communities – Frank on guitar at the Scots Music Group in Edinburgh, and Stewart with the North East Fiddle School in Newcastle, the Tyneside Fiddle Alliance in Gateshead, and across the UK with JSArts Fiddle and Mixed Instruments workshops. Together they combine their skills on their respective instruments, and enhance this with their experience of arranging material for performance, covering accompanying techniques, harmonies and overall narrative of the piece. Their relaxed and engaging approach is always encouraging, and focuses on what each participant needs out of a particular workshop.
Please get in touch if you are interested in receiving more details and an invitation to the workshop. All instruments are welcome, including those ‘less common’ in the folk music world who play in different keys.