Below you will find a few selected links to find your way around the Bluegrass scene and links that have a particular relevance to Sore Fingers Summer Schools. These include references to organistions, companies or festivals that have provided sponsorship to enable us to bring young people to Sore Fingers.
Photos & reviews by Hamish Sutherland
Reviews and pictures of the last few Sore Fingers Weeks - click on the "Photo Gallery" link.
Photos by MaryE Yeomans
Hundreds of great pictures from the last few years.
Kingham Hill School
The beautiful school that is becoming known as "Hogwirtz".
The British Bluegrass Music Association (BBMA)
The BBMA is the one and only organisation dedicated to promoting Bluegrass Music in the United Kingdom. Formed in 1990, long before the internet provided us with global communication, the association made a huge difference and connected many isolated enthusiasts to help the scene grow into what it is today. Anyone interested in this music and or activities surrounding its promotion should join now! The BBMA contribute to the Young Musicians fund and help them come and gain the benefits of a course at Sore Fingers.
The Acoustic Music Company
Trevor Moyle at the Acoustic Music Company supplies hand made instruments from the US and Canada. If you are looking for a guitar or mandolin that's got something a bit special, this is the place to go! The Acoustic Music Company are the latest addition to our list of sponsors helping to bring young people to Sore Fingers Week.
Phil Davidson has been making instruments for twenty five years and prides himself in very high standards of workmanship whilst keeping the prices afordable. Phil will be displaying a selection of his instruments at Sore Fingers Week 2011! Phil has been a consistent sponsor to Sore Fingers and his most recent donation consisted of a mandolin from his current range of quality instruments which was awarded as second prize in the 2010 Didmarton Bluegrass Festival Raffle. All proceeds of the Didmarton Raffle go towards funding young people to attend Sore Fingers Week.
Nechville Musical Products
Tom Nechville has revolutionised the way banjos are made and has become a frequent visitor to our shores. Tom ran a stall at Didmarton 2010 and had a great time (according to him!). We sincerely hope to see Tom at Sore Fingers Week itself one of these days! He has kindly sponsored the Sore Fingers youth fund and one of his great banjos was awarded as the first prize in the 2010 Didmarton Bluegrass Festival raffle.
Banjos Direct is the UK's fastest growing online specialist banjo shop. Stocking the full range of Goldtone banjos imported from the USA, Banjos Direct is also an authorised dealer for Ozark, Nechville, Recording King, Pilgrim, Tanglewood and Barnes & Mullins banjos. Banjos Direct combines a modern online shopping experience with the highest levels of personal customer service. Banjos Direct also manufactures its own range of Islander banjos in the UK and supports small UK makers including Crawford Banjos.
The bluegrass event of the year, run by the same team behind Sore Fingers Summer Schools.
The society promoting the playing and enjoyment of the Autoharp in the UK.
Selected General Bluegrass & Old-Time Sites
A web portal for all things bluegrass in the United Kingdom.
Online tuition from top bluegrass musicians, including many who have taught at Sore Fingers.