S.F. Easter 2024 - Latest

30th Jan 2024


ingers Week 2024 – 8th to 12th April, 2024
Arrive Sunday 7th - Depart Saturday 13th
Kingham Hill School – Chipping Norton – Oxfordshire – OX7 6TH
January 28, 2024

A quick update to bring you the latest developments for Sore Fingers Week Easter 2024.


A bit of Funding Required

Continuing uncertainty and the general economic climate find our sponsorship funding pot is almost bare. One regular sponsor has pulled out altogether and, despite continued support from the BBMA and Daddario, their contributions have been used up and we still have two or three deserving students wishing to attend the April 2024 event who are not in a position to afford the course and accommodation costs unsupported.

So, again we are appealing for individual contributions. Last year, we made a similar appeal and were absolutely astounded that we managed to fund three people on the proceeds of your generosity.

We would be most grateful for any donation you can make.

Please consider donating what you can - we don’t care how much: £10.00 here £20.00 there, it all helps.

The easiest was to donate is by bank transfer, the details are below and please reference your transfer with YOUR

NAME prefixed by the letters “SPON”

SFSS Deposit Account (Sponsors)
Sort-code: 30-98-97
Account No: 47972463
IBAN GB62LOYD30989747972363

REMEMBER: Please ANNOTATE YOUR TRANSFER with your NAME PREFIXED by the letters “SPON” so we can easily identify it.

With heartfelt thanks
John & Moira

Tutor and Course News

Bluegrass Banjo: Sadly, we must announce that alas, due to circumstances beyond his control Jeff Scroggins has most regretfully had to pull out of teaching at Sore Fingers this year. Happily, and at such short notice, a great replacement tutor in the shape of GABE HIRSHFELD is available and we’re delighted to have him take over Jeffs class. Gabe is a graduate of the American Roots Music Program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He came to teach last year for the first time and captured our hearts with his beautiful crystal-clear playing, witty stories, warm personality and skilfully constructed tuition. We’re really pleased to have him back again and if you missed him last time around there are still a few places left on the class if you’re quick.

Old Time Banjo: As Allison’s De Groot’s class is now oversubscribed, we are delighted to announce a second Old Time Banjo Class led by LUKAS POOL
Many of you have expressed interest in this second O. T. Banjo class so now is the time to get your bookings in ASAP to avoid disappointment. Lucas is a very popular instructor who comes highly recommended. He is a great addition to the team – see his bio on the Sore Fingers Web Site .

Mandolin: Joe Walsh is confirmed as the second mandolin tutor. Need we say more? He’s a star teacher and performer so don’t miss out. All you need to do to enjoy his talent is book your place before it’s too late. There are less than eight places left.

Ukulele Class Now to be A Double Header
Four hands are better than two! The Ukulele course is now just one course with two tutors! A Sore Fingers first!!
Phil Doleman will lead the week, with his fine techniques and music, from jazz to blues, jug band to country, while being assisted by Percy Copley, with rhythms, chords and all those things you need help with.

Working together or separately Phil and Percy will take you further on your ukulele journey. Rhythm and melody to create an ensemble sound, techniques for fingerpicking and strumming, chord sequences, and lots of fun.

A big part of SF is playing with other people, so they will have other instruments to help build your jam style and join jams around the campus, and beyond. Learn to hear and feel chord changes, how to transpose, how to keep a steady rhythm with others, and so on…
Don’t miss this chance of a Sore Fingers double header tutor duo.

A flexible and intensive week to keep those fingers proper sore!

Guitar Thank you to all the guitar students who booked after our last update. Stash’s class has rallied a little and there are only 8 places left.

Music Development New Class Intro Video

Baffled about this course called “music Development”? Well, your tutors Andy MacKenzie and Mike Pryor, and members of “The Plateau Busters” have been talking about this and produced this friendly video to tell you more about it.

See it on the Sore Fingers Website home page:

Scratchband Registration

We aim to close Scratchband registration by tea break on the first Monday of Sore Fingers Week. So, we encourage you to get registered beforehand using the online form. You can always withdraw later if you change your mind. Here’s the link:

Link, login and password are below to access the protected registration form.
Login: is as follows:
User: “musician”
Password: “sbands2024”


Michael Poole AUTOHARP
Gabe Hirshfeld BANJO
Ron Block BANJO – Class Fully Booked
Sam Quintana BASS
Ed Hicks & Peter Earle BEGINNERS
Heather Farrell-Roberts BEGINNERS AUTOHARP
Ivan Rosenberg DOBRO
Brian Wicklund FIDDLE
Stash Wyslouch GUITAR
Tristan Scroggins MANDOLIN
Andy Mackenzie & Mike Pryor MUSIC DEVELOPEMENT
Allison DeGroot O T BANJO – Class Fully Booked
Lukas Pool O T BANJO
Sami Braman OT FIDDLE
Dede Wyland SINGING
Phil Doleman & Percy Copley UKULELE
Places are available on all these classes except where indicated.

Useful website links

We have loads of useful information on the website and you might like to read the following web pages for insight:
Check out your Easter 2024 tutors and their bios:

The “Experience” page describes both the classroom experience and all the extra-curricular activities. It also includes a comprehensive section about the Scratch Band Activities:

The “What Course Should I Go On” if you are a little confused as to which class would best suit your musical needs:

Check the “FAQ’s” page for answers to general and practical questions such as “What should I bring?”, etc:
Follow this link to get a daily schedule of activities:

To Register to Participate in the Scratch Band activity:

Link, login and password below to access the protected form.

Login: is as follows:
User: “musician”
Password: “sbands2024”

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