Tutor: Marion Harper
The Folk course has a song-based approach and is suitable for people for whom Folk is not their normal genre but who would like to have a go at learning and singing folk songs. The course is designed to include participants of varying levels of experience, ability and musical backgrounds.
The course will include a selection of songs on a particular theme. Previous years have included Songs of Social Comment, Ritual and Seasonal Songs of the Folk Year, Industrial Folk Songs, Songs from the Sea and International Folk Songs.
Participants will be encouraged to learn the songs, try developing harmonies and work on song arrangements. There will be opportunities for participants to try some solo singing, if they wish, in an environment which is supportive and non-judgemental. The suite of songs learnt during the week will be presented at the end of the week to demonstrate to students on other courses the songs learnt and developed.
It is not necessary to have prior experience of singing folk music as this is designed to be a fun learning experience. All songs will be provided on a theme yet to be decided.