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GUEST,Julie B at home 30 May 01 - 03:28 PM
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Subject: Folkworks Durham (UK) - recommended?
From: GUEST,Julie B at home
Date: 30 May 01 - 03:28 PM

I'm thinking of booking onto the Folkworks (Adult) Summer School in Durham in July. I've seen one or two good recommendations on other threads regarding this course. I'm planning to go to study song and guitar (I started going to folk clubs about two years ago - can read music/know basic chords)Has anyone else been in recent years? What was it like?

Julie B


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: nutty
Date: 30 May 01 - 05:01 PM

I did it a few years ago Julie and had a really excellant time.
Durham is a lovely venue anyway and the course was run for people interested in folk music ,,,, by people interested in folk music ... no better recommendation than that
I'm still in contact with a number of people who were on my course


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Sam Pirt
Date: 30 May 01 - 06:15 PM

GO FOR IT!!!! Belive me you will meet loads of other great people, learn loads of stuff and genrally have a good time. The adult summer school is really starting to build up nice momentum and I'm sure once you have gone to it the first time you'll wonder why you have never been before.

Cheers, Sam


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: JeZeBeL
Date: 30 May 01 - 08:59 PM

Hey yeah, I recommend it from what I've heard from other people, but I'll be on the youth one cos I'm only 20. I'm going for penny whistle and Accordion. Don't know how much it is though, and whether it clashes with anything else I might want to go to. Still going to go though.

It'll rock totally.

Hope to see you there,

Emma xxx


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 30 May 01 - 09:05 PM

jezebek did you decide which new instrument to learn,id be iterested to find out. ive just started playing tin whistle though not very well.john :-)


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: John Routledge
Date: 30 May 01 - 09:51 PM

I went last year and learned so much.The participants were a lovely selection of people and everyone was so keen to learn. Everyone I met had a genuine interest in Folk music and was involved from 9.15am till as long as you could take - Midnight+ usually with Midnight++ on some occasions.(Drinking is optional *BG*)

Have booked again for Solo Song and singing with band. Some flexibility is possible so if space is available I might play Northumbrian Smallpies in a concert/ceildh band rather than play only in the innumerable sessions.

Cannot be recommended too highly. Please allow at least 3 weeks following the course to come back to Earth.

Happy learning to you all - John


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: JeZeBeL
Date: 30 May 01 - 09:57 PM

Did u not know john? Sam is teaching me piano accordion!! I've had two lessons n I know keel row n winstor gallop. I'm getting the hang of the bass n chords aswell. poor sam, having to put up with me playing!!

If you need a hand learning any tunes on whistle u know I'm around, in that sunny, nice, bestest and biggest county in England!! Which is the one u live in again? I can't place it!!

Emma xxx


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 31 May 01 - 06:22 AM

Julie, I've only done the October Workout Weekends, but I have had some terrific times, and made some good friends there. I would go for the July week if I could get out from under the Memsahib for that long!. Like Sir Samuel Pirt says, GO FOR IT.

Skipjack


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Julie B
Date: 31 May 01 - 12:00 PM

Thanks. I've booked!

Julie B


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: JeZeBeL
Date: 31 May 01 - 01:45 PM

How much is it julie?

Emma xxx


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Ruthie A
Date: 31 May 01 - 02:57 PM

Hell yeah GO!!!!! I went last year (the first time I was old enough to do the youth one) and it was the most amazing week of my life, and my non-folkie friends are sick to death of hearing about it! Great stuff. Unfortunately, this year the Bede Wind Philharmonic dragged me into touring France with it before I knew it clashed with Summerschool....aaaargh. Depression and gloom. I'm expecting a full update!

Ruthie

P.S. John - what do you mean 'drinking's optional'?! Of course it isn't!!!!


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Julie B
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 03:41 AM

Emma, The price for the Adult week is 120 pounds (Monday to Friday) excluding accommodation. You can camp (4 pounds per person per night) or B&B booked through Folkworks is 21 pounds per night. Ring Folkworks on 0191 222 1717 for details/a leaflet. They say the closing date for enrolments is 29th June.

There's a different pricing structure for the Youth Summer School (that runs the same week) e.g.full price residential is 235 pounds, but there are discounts for more than one child per family.

Hope this helps, bye for now
Julie


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 12:03 PM

this folkworks?


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 04:17 PM

John in Hull,
get hold of a copy of the Folkworks session collection(email folkworks@folkworks.co.uk)
I'm a fairly new whistle player and I find it a great help.You get a CD and the sheet music for 20 session tunes; the tunes are first played slowly so that you can practise by playing along, then they're played at normal speed.


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: bobby's girl
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 10:36 AM

Folkworks is brilliant! My two girls both go all the way from the depths of Dorset every year to the youth summerschool and have a wonderful time. Not only that, they learn a fantastic amount from world-class tutors like John Kirkpatrick, chris Woods, Andy Cutting, Karen Tweed, Aiden O'Rourke etc. The fact that 422, The Pack etc - ie Sam Pirt, Ian Stephenson and the rest all met and got together as a result of Folkworks has to be one of the best recommendations!


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Bagpuss
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 11:34 AM

I went to the youth summer school a couple of times when I were but a slip of a lass. I am determined to go back one year - when I'll get around to it, I don't know...

Bagpuss


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Naemanson
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 02:20 PM

Ian Stephenson speaking (not naemanson!)

Sam Pirt introduced me to folkworks summer school five years ogo, and i've been every year since! this next one will be my fifth!

Ian s


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 07:02 PM

I'll wade in with an affidavit for David Oliver's Session CD's. They're Great! I picked up Hesleyside and Out on the Ocean from them, both rocking session tunes. There's many more besides. They're only £9 a piece, with the tadpoles, too. Hope himself does No. 3!

Skipjack


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: GUEST,Graham Pirt
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 08:31 PM

I was there as a tutor for the youth song last year. The youth and the adult summer schools are just magnificent. Not only will you you learn lots about your particular instrument/voice but you'll also meet some great people and have great fun - if you can last the week!


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: JeZeBeL
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 02:49 PM

Hmmm, still seriously thinking about it. I may camp though if it is going to be cheaper...but then there's always the atmosphere of late night sessions with 422 n the pack.....decisions, decisions......


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Julie B
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 07:02 AM

My Folkworks books and CDs arrived week (see note from John in Hull above) and I'm trying to learn as many tunes as I can before next week. Although I'm going primarily for the singing workshops, I hope I won't get thrown out of the tune sessions if I try out my elementary fiddle skills! :-)

Julie


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Julie B
Date: 13 Aug 01 - 08:55 AM

Thanks to all who posted above, telling me to go to Durham. It was excellent. I did solo song (Sandra Joyce), and was also in the "band with song" group with Graham & Eileen Pratt, where I did get to use my fiddle!

..You really don't stop all week, do you? I was keeping up ok until Saturday, but then I just had to leave the folk picnic for a few hours to have a lay down and recover (after playing/singing up at Durham Johnson School until 2am the night before) before going to the song concert & closing concert.

No doubt I'll go again some time; maybe next year if I've fully recovered by then! :-)

Julie

P.S. As well as all the Folkworks events, I also enjoyed a visit to Durham Folk Club at the Colpitts pub (Thursday nights); there were 28 people in the little snug bar - the most people per square foot I've ever seen squeezed into a folk club...plus impressive chorus singing!


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Sian H
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 04:06 AM

Is Durham Folk Club still at the Colpitts pub - 10 years on?


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 04:57 AM

I believe it's up in Framwellgate Moor now, at the Tap and Spile, having been removed from its spiritual home at The Colpitts when the new licensing laws came in. As a Colpitts regular from 1988 to around 2000 (when I gave up smoking) I regard this as a great shame. That wee room at The Colpitts had the perfect containment on the chorus singing that we've rarely found anywhere since, though our brief stint in The Shakespeare came close, which is where we left it almost four years ago to relocate to Lancashire.

Durham City Folk Club has little to do with Durham Folkworks Gathering though - and vice versa - see the Durtham Folk Party thread for that. My wife and I met at The Colpitts around 1993, though we didn't get together until the Folk Party in 1999 - so twelve happy years of Rapunzel & Sedayne!


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Sian H
Date: 30 Jul 11 - 03:28 AM

Thanks for that, Suibhne. My daughter is doing folkworks junior summer school and I wondered what sessions etc were going on in Durham currently.


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: Tootler
Date: 30 Jul 11 - 07:45 PM

If you can find the pennies, I can thoroughly recommend the Folkworks Adult Summer School. It's a lot of pennies but well worth them. I thoroughly enjoyed the few years I went. I just don't have the funds these days and have to make do with a few days at Saltburn and Whitby instead.

You won't need to worry about sessions in Durham then. Summer School is one long session :-)


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Subject: RE: Help: Folkworks Durham - recommended?
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 04:32 AM

Not sure what became of the Tuesday session at The Colpitts (Wednesday was Trad Jazz & Thursday the Folk Club). There used to be a Thursday session at The Dun Cow ran by those lovely people from Horsehead - hopefully there still is. As I recall the Tuesday session took itself very seriosly - one night I was in the other bar when a bloke asked what the music was in the back room. The barman just shrugged and said, Riverdance Music, which seemed about right, on a level of background ambient muzak anyway.


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