28th Mar 2024


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

Hardly any sleeps left before Kingham Hill School welcome the annual Old Time and Bluegrass invasion! They are looking forward to having us back and the team are looking forward to being there too….

Haven’t booked yet? Go on, go for it! You know it makes Bluegrass and Old-time sense.
Link to Booking forms:
Here are some good reasons to make up your mind:

• This is a chance to have face to face classroom tuition over 5 days with some of the best Bluegrass and Old-Time instructors in the world!

• Showcases and Tutor Concert will feature unique line ups. only ever seen at Sore Fingers Week. of these top musicians which are specifically for Sore Fingers attendees only. As stated by a student and I quote: “the showcases are worth the money alone”.

• Experience the joy of being in a Scratchband and performing in the Thursday Student Concert with all the advantages of a fully equipped stage with lights, a sound system and a large extremely supportive audience. Scratchbands who join this scheme will be mentored by experienced musicians and if you don’t want to perform there is also a “Non-performing Scratchband” option.

• Meet up with old friends and make new ones with people who love making music.

We still have accommodation available in dormitories and for caravans and tents.

Due to cancellations, we have ended up with some vacant places on highly sought after courses. These are:

Ron Block -Bluegrass banjo: 2 places
Joe Walsh – Mandolin: 1 place

Although Sami Braman’s Old-time Fiddle class is full, we haven’t had enough booking enquiries to justify a second class. If you are a beginner or improver on Old Time Fiddle, why not consider booking onto the beginner’s course where Old-time Fiddle is being covered.

Places are available on most classes except as indicated on the list below.

Michael Poole AUTOHARP
Gabe Hirshfeld BANJO – Class Fully Booked.
Ron Block BANJO – 2 Places Available
Sam Quintana BASS
Heather Farrell-Roberts BEGINNERS (AUTOHARP)
Ivan Rosenberg DOBRO
Brian Wicklund FIDDLE
Stash Wyslouch GUITAR
Tristan Scroggins MANDOLIN
Joe Walsh MANDOLIN – 1 Place Available
Andy Mackenzie & Mike Pryor MUSIC DEVELOPEMENT
Allison DeGroot O T BANJO – Class Fully Booked.
Lukas Pool O T BANJO
Sami Braman OT FIDDLE – Class Fully Booked.
Dede Wyland SINGING
Phil Doleman & Percy Copley UKULELE

We look forward to hearing from you and bookings remain open right up until the last minute so long as there are places available.


Bakers Coaches will run the shuttles busses as normal between Kingham Train Station and the school between 14:00 and 18:00. Just look for the SFSS bus in the station car park.

We are aware that train drivers will strike over the period but as of today, March 27th, no action is planned on Sunday 7th. However, services may be disrupted, and train times may be affected. You can check with this site to get the latest travel updates

There will also be bus shuttles to the train station on the morning of return Sat. 13th April.


Advance registration will close next Sunday, 31st March. After this date, you will need to register on arrival at registration. There will be a booth right next to the registration table f where you can meet the team and register.

Please note that registration will close altogether after main registration closes at around 7pm on Sunday 7th April.

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

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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