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The 25th Sore Fingers Week

11th - 15th Apr 2022

The 25th Sore Fingers Week is proving elusive with COVID coming into force a further postponement on safety grounds. Whilst it would be handy to get this event cleared up, we cannot ignore the wellbeing of students and staff and cramming over three hundred people into confined spaces at Kingham doesn’t seem like a good idea with the onset of cooler weather, the return of schools and universities which we believe will have a upward effect on the level of infections in the short term. So frustrating as it is, the decision was a “no-brainer”.

Having said that, we haven’t lost faith in the vaccination programme and as both of us have been double jabbed and not suffered any ill effect, we encourage you to go and get the vaccination in order to help the country reach herd-immunity and prevents the spread of the virus. Despite the bad news on infections, fatalities are down to low levels and there is evidence that many of the infection are occurring in the non-vaccinated sector of the population.

If you have booked, don’t worry, nothing for you to do at this stage as we will carry out a further review of all the bookings and establish whether you are able to attend on the news dates.

This further postponement will have an effect on the tutor roster as some will have accepted alternative work over the 2022 Easter period so we’ll be updating the tutor pages of the website as we get confirmation of availability.

We must thank all the people we have worked with for 25 years and most importantly you, the students who have so patient with us during this difficult period. But, the light seems to be appearing at the end of the tunnel and we have a real chance of all been together at Kingham Hill School again.

We’ve come a long way since 1996, wars, (several) Foot and Mouth in 2001, The 2008 financial crash, Brexit and now a Pandemic! We've survived them all and we should come out of this latest one battered but not beaten such is the enthusiasm for this annual landmark event.

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 will continue to work to these standards and bring exiting tutors line ups. Keep checking our website to see who is teaching.

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 Kingham Hill School next Easter.

John, Moira and the Team

Classes and tutors

Class Tutor No. places
Tutor Update - Oct 2021
AUTOHARP Les Gustafson-Zook 20
BANJO 1 Ned Luberecki 20
BANJO 2 Leon Hunt 20
BASS Ben Somers 20
DOBRO Todd Livingston 20
GUITAR 1 Peter McLaughlin 20
GUITAR 2 Ross Martin 20
MANDOLIN 1 Mike Compton 20
MANDOLIN 2 Jack Tuttle 20
OLD TIME FIDDLE 1 Dirk Powell 20
OLD TIME FIDDLE 2 Rachel Eddy 20
SINGING Val Mindel 20
SONG-WRITING Wil Maring 20

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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.