Workshops & Talks

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Workshops are a great way to learn new dances, instrumental skills or styles, or even to meet new friends who share your interests – they’re good fun too!

At Warwick, all our Workshops are led by experienced tutors, many of whom will be appearing elsewhere at the Festival as artists. There’s usually a specific topic, aim or objective, and the content can normally be graded according to the level of prior knowledge/experience/ability needed. We also have a programme of talks in our lecture theatre, your chance to learn more about folk, Warwick and tradition.

Warwick’s workshops are a mini university scattered through the festival programme. Each workshop is a friendly chance to stretch yourself – literally in our Tai Chi classes, or belly dancing if you really want to raise a sweat. You can learn tips from the ace musicians headlining our concerts, or try your hand at the ukulele or whistles you’ve seen in the festival marketplace.

For the future of folk – Shooting Roots will be running Craft and Ceilidh Project workshops for 12-17 year-olds. The workshops are run by an assortment of young, enthusiastic tutors who make them as welcoming, inclusive, and fun as possible for beginners and experts alike! So come along and try your hand at lino printing, or be involved in a ceilidh band and play some tunes or write some dances. See you there!

For aspiring artists we have a daily festival sketchcrawl led by Trevor Hewett – Bring along your pens, pencils or watercolours(and a folding stool if you have one) and capture the sights and scenes of the festival site in your sketchbooks. All abilities and styles welcome.

The festival line-up has something to inspire everyone, and our workshops are where you delve deeper into whatever catches your imagination. Folk has always encouraged its dancers, musicians, singers, storytellers, and Warwick’s great workshop programme is a perfect chance to take another step towards your dreams of stardom, or just to learn a little more.

Tuneworks – all weekend

This year, Tuneworks will be running a series of workshops based around widening your repertoire of traditional tunes and putting you together with lots of like-minded players. We have separate sessions for both beginners and improvers. Have a look on – you can download a tunebook for each session. The beginners book has eight tunes and there are audio clips to help you learn the tunes and guide you as to the speed they will be played at. The improvers tunebook has a wider range of well known tunes, all useful at sessions around the country, and the session will be slightly faster though still at a very relaxed speed. Remember to bring your tunebooks with you to the festival if you need them! Please email the Tuneworks team (via the link on their website) if you need any more information.

Other Workshops:

Rapper Workshop
Beginners Uke with the Spa Strummers
Tai Chi Taster

Alexander Technique with Jane Toms
Solo Appalachian Flatfooting
Singing Bowls Taster with Sheila Lum 
Fiddle with Gerry Cronin
Tin Whistle with Desi McCabe
Writing Songs in the Tradition with Paul & Liz Davenport
Beginners Flamenco Guitar with Matthew Hernandez
Sean Nós Singing with Máire Ní Chéilleachair
Immanuel’s Ground “Don’t Give up The Day Job” Workshop. West Gallery workshop ( 3.30 pm -5.00 pm Unitarian Chapel, Warwick)
Song Writing Forum with Allan Richardson
“Mind the Gap” with Keith Donnelly, Ursula Holden – Gill:

The Stories between the Songs and the Songs between the Stories. Festival front man Keith and Storyteller extraordinaire Ursula present this interactive, collaborative workshop which explores what goes into the spaces between the songs and the stories. Ever been lost for words? Stuck for something to say/do/sing? This is the workshop for you!

Vocal Harmony with Daisybell

Molly Workshop

Alexander Technique with Jane Toms
Sketchcrawl with Trevor Hewett
Guitar with Conor O’Sullivan
Tai Chi Taster with Sheila Lum
Beginners Northwest Morris
Melodeon with Luke Daniels
Belly Dancing Workshop with Barefoot Bellydance
Swedish Fiddle with Rowan Piggott
Sing Like a Shantyman with the Exmouth Shanty Men
Shapenote Singing in the American Tradition Workshop, Led by Sheila Girling Macadam of Oxford Psalmody. (Unitarian Chapel, High Street 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm)
Scottish Tunes for Fiddle and Flute with Gnoss
Guitar & Bodhran – Rhythm and Accompaniment Workshop with Gnoss


NEW Workshops – The Alexander Technique

Sat 11am and Sun 10.30am

This year we are delighted to have two workshops that will give you an introduction to the fascinating Alexander Technique. They will be led by experienced teacher Jane Toms who will give you an insight into the principles behind the technique. It’s particularly relevant to performance artists and sportsmen and women but can benefit anyone who wants to move more freely, have more energy and make better use of their time.

The Alexander Technique helps you learn how to improve your mental and physical performance. How to bring more freedom and ease to everything you do and to achieve continuing improvement in everything you do.

Come along and see what it’s all about.

Shooting Roots

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Oxford Psalmody, led by Sheila Girling Macadam

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The Harvesters

The Harvesters

Americana, Old Time and Bluegrass songs, tunes and hard-shoe dancing. With that authentic atmosphere of the Appalachian Mountains and the sounds of the Southern States intimately intertwined with instrumental integrity, The Harvesters deliver a performance to savour. Blend the strong rhythms of…

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Immanuel’s Ground

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Barefoot Bellydance

Formed in 1999 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Barefoot Bellydance is a troupe of musicians and tribal style belly dancers.  The band developed its own sound made up of a fusion of western and Arabic influences using a variety of Middle Eastern instruments. Each performer created their own…

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