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Sandlings Sessions 2018: Weekend Pass

Friday 2 Feb 2018 7pm

Part of Spring 2018

The Sandlings Sessions returns in February 2018 to the glorious Snape Maltings, after the success of last years inaugural festival, with even more workshops, performances and dance, to drive the cold winter away.


Whole Weekend Event Pass
Includes priority booking for up to four workshops, Friday night ceilidh, Saturday evening concert and Sunday morning outing.

Once you have booked your weekend pass, please select one workshop from each time slot below and contact the box office on 01728 687110 to pre-book your sessions.



10am-11.20am sessions

1. Dave Shepherd & Boldwood European Couple Dancing
Including Scottish, polka, mazurka and waltz (suitable for all abilities)

2. John Spiers Arranging Traditional Tunes
Arranging traditional tunes as a group (Any instrument, suitable for all abilities)

3. Sam Sweeney & Rob Harbron 3/2 Hornpipes
Looking at ways to make these great old tunes groove. Some tunes explored will have lots of notes! (Any instrument, intermediate to advanced)

4. Miranda Rutter Vibrations, Ergonomics & Tone
Exploring a simple method that can help manage nerves, help to find a more sustainable posture while playing to alleviate pain and results in great tone improvement. (Any instrument, suitable for all abilities)

5. The Young ‘uns Songwriting
(Suitable for all abilities)


11.40am – 1pm sessions

1. Miranda Rutter, Sam Sweeney & Rob Harbron From Page to Performance
Looking at manuscripts – techniques to brush the dust off old tunes and bring them to life (Any instrument, suitable for all abilities)

2. The Young’uns Harmony Singing
(Suitable for all abilities)

3. John Ward Bodhran
Covering the basics, learning a basic reel rhythm, triplet rolls, left hand dynamics and onto a simple jig rhythm. The workshop will conclude with a demonstration of advanced techniques. (Suitable for all abilities – please note, bodhrans are not included)

4. Dave Shepherd Fiddle
An introduction to the fiddle style of the Massif Central (Fiddle, intermediate to advanced)

5. Boldwood Playing for Dance
Bringing the tunes to life (Any instrument, suitable for all abilities)


2pm – 3.20pm sessions

1. Dave Shepherd & Anna Pack Dances from Brittany
An introduction to dances from Brittany – an dro, gavotte, laridé, pach-pi, jilgodden. (Suitable for all abilities)

2. John Ward Songwriting
For those who want to get started and for those who have already written but are looking to develop their ideas and methods. (Suitable for all abilities)

3. Becky Price Piano Accordion
French dance music (Suitable for all abilities) 

4. The Young ‘uns Harmony Singing
(Suitable for all abilities)

5. Sam Sweeney Fiddle
A fiddle workshop that can be tailored to participants (Fiddle, intermediate to advanced)


3.40pm – 5pm sessions

Led by John Ward. (Suitable for all abilities)

2. Boldwood Tunes from the Boldwood Dancing Master
Learn 18th century dance tunes rediscovered and published in two volumes of Boldwood Dancing Masters. These tunes were originally published in annual collections including on fans or written by hand (Melody instruments, suitable for all abilities)

3. Miranda Rutter Pulse Swing and Groove
Exploring simple techniques to make tunes rhythmically stable and from this grounding, looking at ways to make simple tunes dance, swing, groove. (Any instrument, suitable for all abilities) 

4. Rob Harbron Concertina
A concertina workshop that can be tailored to participants (Suitable for all abilities)

5. John Spiers Step Dance Tunes
(Any instrument, suitable for all abilities)


(Please Note: spaces on each workshop are limited, so we would recommend early booking to secure a space on your chosen workshop)


Other events include:

Friday 2 February
Boldwood lead us in to the festival with a joyful and festive Ceilidh, called by Dave Shepherd.

Saturday 3 February
A wide range of workshops to suit all abilities and tastes with Boldwood, The Young’uns, Rob Harbron, Miranda Rutter, Sam Sweeney, John Spiers and Dave Shepherd –
culminating in a gathering of all the musicians for an evening concert and a special performance from Knight and Spiers.

Sunday 4 February
On Sunday morning, the festival will conclude with an outing – more details to follow, but bring your walking boots!


As well as the programmed activity, there will be time and space for impromptu sessions and dances, and the Snape Trask cafe and FolkEast bar will be open throughout the weekend.


For more information, visit folkeast.co.uk