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The 25th Sore Fingers Week

13th - 17th Apr 2020

and enthusiasm seems as strong as ever!
We’ve come a long way since 1996. Thanks to all of you, Sore Fingers Week is firmly implanted in the Annual Calendar of Acoustic Music Camps. This is an achievement we can all be proud of.
At the outset the original aim was to offer a music camp worthy of its name on this side of the Atlantic to facilitate the Bluegrass and Old Time followings in Britain and Europe. We had little idea that we could eventually run an event good enough to rival some of the best camps held in North America.

Over the years, we have watched, listened and made changes leading to improvements and been careful to not try and fix things that are not broken. Evolution not Revolution as the saying goes".

One thing that will never change is the determination to maintain high standards and bring along the best possible tutors we can. Sore Fingers Week 2019 will be no different and the tutor line up will be as exciting as ever! See the tutor list and news page to keep up to date with developments.

We strongly recommend you read some of the information available on this website and in particular “The Experience” page which will give you an overview of what happens during the week. As you will see, the programme is very full and so this is a useful read if you are thinking of coming for the first time.

If you are a little undecided about which course you should take, a new page has been introduced called “What Course Should I go On”. That will help you to decide whether to enrol onto a main class or choose a beginners level. But, don’t forget that Sore Fingers Week is about improving your skills and don’t be afraid to move up from your comfort zone, you need to be challenged!

On a practical note, accommodation space (Both in the Campus Grounds for tents and caravans and in the School House Accommodation Blocks) has been gradually shrinking in recent years as a result of developments the School have been making. Early booking therefore is highly recommended if you want to be sure to get what you want and be able to stay on site to benefit from the full "Sore Fingers Experience". Also, some courses book up faster than others.

FACEBOOK: whilst we have a presence on Facebook, we are actively trying to promote the Sore Fingers Private Email Distribution Forum to put our students in touch with each other. This avoids sharing these very specific communications with all and sundry and risking information getting buried under less relevant topics. If you want to know where the other Bluegrass/Old Time pickers are in your local area for instance - Ask on the Forum. Check out the forum page of the website to join and find out more.

We look forward to seeing you at Easter-time.

John, Moira and the Team

Classes and tutors

Class Tutor No. places
AUTOHARP Les Gustafson-Zook 20
BANJO 1 Ned Luberecki 20
BASS Missy Raines 20
DOBRO Mike Witcher 20
GUITAR 1 Peter McLaughlin 20
GUITAR 2 Ross Martin 20
MANDOLIN 1 Mike Compton 20
MANDOLIN 2 David Benedict 20
OLD TIME BANJO Chris Coole 20
OLD TIME FIDDLE 1 Dirk Powell 20
OLD TIME FIDDLE 2 Rachel Eddy 20
SINGING Dede Wyland 20
SONG-WRITING Wil Maring 20
GUITAR/MANDOLIN Charlotte Carrivick
FIDDLE/DOBRO Laura Carrivick
BANJO/BASS John Breese

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All prices are on the booking form. Please send the deposit amount with your booking and you don't need to contact us re space on classes. We will only take payment if there is a place on your first choice of course. Should a class be full, we'll contact you first to determine what alternative you would like.

Please go to the booking page for full details on how to book your place.