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Singing workshops at Stones Barn

All workshops cost £5 and should be booked in advance at the festival office.


Beginners Ukulele Workshop  -  with Ian K Brown        

10.30 – 11.30    The Marquee

Be ready to sing, have fun and surprise yourself.  This workshop is suitable for total beginners (aged 8 – 80+) and those who have made a start but cannot join chords together. If you have your own ukulele please bring it along, but we will also have 16 ‘spare’ ukuleles for people to borrow.  

Many people have moved on to becoming part of and even starting ukulele groups as a result of taking this first step

Appalachian Clogging

10.00 – 11.30   The Hall

Guitar Workshop - with Steve Hicks

5.00 – 6.00      The Marquee

This workshop is for folks who are interested in learning about open tunings and fingerpicking techniques.

Steve will teach you how to play a fingerpicking guitar solo in an open tuning.

He will also talk about the influence of early European Classical Guitar technique upon American old time fingerpicking guitar.

Skill level required: Knowledge of simple chords, to be able to change chord and keep time. A little finger picking knowledge would be also useful but not essential


Taking Ukulele a little bit further! -  with Ian K Brown

10.30 -11.30   The Marquee

If you can string the three chords of C, F & G and if you did the beginners workshop and want to extend yourself then this is for you. But still be ready to sing, have fun and surprise yourself with some different strumming patterns.  If you have your own ukulele please bring it along, but we will also have 16 ‘spare’ ukuleles for people to borrow.  

We will be working towards a performance on the bandstand in the early afternoon and we will be very good – this is your chance to perform at a music festival so make sure you invite your friends to come and see you - they will be stunned!

Children’s workshops will be posted on the lawn and announced by the Town Crier

Lindy Hop dance workshop

10.30 - 11.30        The Hall

The Lindy hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Why not give it a go!