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Sore Fingers October Weekend 2019

25th - 27th Oct 2019

We have assembled a fine line up of talent from the UK and Europe this year and some of our musicians have been recruited form two bands who are tearing thought the Festival season to high acclaim. But, and here is the exiting bit, we have something totally new for you in October 2019. Trevor Hyett has been running a series of electives on improvisation at the Easter events and these short workshops have proved highly successful. This class will teach you the secrets of being able to take breaks at sessions on any tune or song that’s thrown at you. The plan is to explore scales, chord sequences and harmonies to build strong and inventive solos. This is the class you need to take if you want to apply the techniques you have been learning in the Sore Fingers instrumentals classes. Jazz and Bluegrass guitarist Andy MacKenzie is taking this class and we hope you will join him in droves for what promises to a voyage of musical discovery. I’m tempted myself….
Introducing Firecracker, new kids on the “Old Time Block” who are reminiscent of Uncle Earl with their unbound energy on stage features regular tutor at S.F. Emily Smith and Andy Quelch. But, giving them a well-earned rest - not their idea by the way! - we have asked Firecracker colleagues Dave Proctor (fiddle) and Graeme parry (Old Time Banjo) to take up the challenge of teaching the 2019 Old Time Classes.
On the Bluegrass front, I’ve always had a slight penchant for the French Jazz influence that is always apparent when French players get stuck into Bluegrass. This is what gives the Ben Somers String Band such a fresh sound. Ben, a popular participant at Sore Fingers events – he’s got more blue badges than Ron Block – will be taking the bass class and he will be joined by his colleague Dorian Ricaux teaching guitar. We close out the set with Davis West who has studied the fiddle in all it’s variants from classical to Jazz and has been recently mentored by fiddle ace Casey Driessen. He the hot strings man in Ben’s band!
The star studded line doesn’t end there with the UK’s master Dobro player Noel Dashwood coming back to delight the Resophonic enthusiasts and the amazing Bill Forster bringing his five string banjo and famous energy to add another bit of spice to the mix.
Roger Jackson has been making a name for himself running informal singing session at Sore Fingers and running similar workshops at festivals. Roger is well experienced in dealing with large groups and teaching harmony as he is an experienced choir leader. Roger has attended many Sore Fingers classes over the years and is dedicated to quality harmonies so critical to the sounds of Bluegrass. His participation in several highly praised bands such the Woodberries and his collaborative work with Sue Pomeroy of the Rye Sisters have provided Roger with the right tools to deliver a highly entertaining and informative course.

Classes and tutors

Class Tutor No. places
Improvisation NEW for 2019 - Andy Mackenzie 20
Banjo Bill Forster 20
Bass Ben Somers 20
Dobro Noel Dashwood 20
Fiddle Davis West 20
Guitar Dorian Ricaux 20
Mandolin Rex Preston 20
Old Time Banjo Graeme Parry 20
Old Time Fiddle Dave Proctor 20
Singing Roger Jackson 20

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