The 4th Big Hurdy-Gurdy Workshop Weekend 2015
Friday 13th February 2015 - Sunday 15th February 2015
-- Friday evening Session; Weekend of Hurdy Gurdy Courses; Concert/Dance on Saturday eve
Our popular Hurdy-Gurdy Workshop Weekend is for players of all abilities. Early booking advised.
Highly influential and often inmitated, Patrick Bouffard is one of the very finest exponents of the distinctive and traditional style of hurdy-gurdy playing in central France. Patrick has played all over the world with many well known French folk bands including La Chavannee.
Gregory Jolivet is simply one of the best players of the hurdy-gurdy in the world today. He plays with the bands Blowzabella and La Machine and combines traditional techniques with new ideas and technology to push the limits of what the instrument is capable of.
Patrick and Gregory are both very popular with students as highly experienced teachers who teach people of all abilities on a regular basis.
Claire Dugue makes hurdy-gurdies of the finest quality and will be there to help out with maintenance tips and minor repairs to keep your wheel turning all weekend.
Arrive Friday afternoon, depart Sunday about 5pm.
Friday. Arrive from 4pm. You can arrive at any time earlier in the day but your room may not be ready before 4pm. 7pm Dinner. 8:30pm playing session. Saturday. 8:30am Breakfast. 10am-5pm Workshops (1pm lunch). 6:30pm Dinner. 8pm Concert/Dance. Sunday. 9am Breakfast. 10am-4pm Workshops (1pm lunch). 4:30pm Tea.
ENJOY THE AREA, BRING A FRIEND, SHARE A ROOM & SAVE MONEY
You can book on a course at Halsway Manor and bring a friend who can explore the area while using Halsway as a base for meals and accommodation. Please Phone for details. Halsway Manor is in the Quantock Hills (England's oldest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), 10 minutes from the West Somerset Railway (one of Britain's largest steam railways), 20 minutes from the fossil beaches at Kilve and 30 minutes from the Exmoor National Park.
HOW TO BOOK
To make a booking please phone Viv Butler, Events and booking Manager on 01984 618274 (+44 19 84 61 82 74) or EMAIL US with your requirements.
Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, workshops, concert/dance):
£210- single ensuite room;
£190- single non-ensuite room.
£190- sharing an ensuite room;
£170- sharing non-ensuite room.
STAY OVER AN EXTRA NIGHT
Subject to availability and for an extra charge of £30 including supper and our famous Halsway breakfast.
These are available for day visitors (workshops only), camper vans and non-participants accompanying a participant. Please phone for details.
We get lots of plaudits for our food which is wholesome, plentiful and freshly prepared on the premises each day by our two chefs, Ian and Amy, using fresh ingredients from local suppliers wherever possible. All dietary needs are catered for, just let us know when you book.
Our reasonably priced bar stocks a great selection of Somerset ales and ciders as well as wines, spirits and non alcoholic drinks. You can pay as you go or have a bar tab and settle up by cash or card when you leave. The bar is a great place for informal music sessions in the evenings.
See our travel information page. If you are coming from abroad - or from the UK by public transport - we can arrange to collect you from Taunton Railway Station. We can sometimes help with car sharing too. Phone for details.
HALSWAY 4TH BIG HURDY GURDY WEEKEND
ALSO – JON SWAYNE BAGPIPE WEEKEND
There's also a beginners' bagpipe workshop with Paul James.
Halsway Manor (WIKIPEDIA: CROWCOMBE)
Halsway Manor is England's National Centre for Traditional Music, Dance and Song. It is the only residential folk centre in the UK. The eastern end of the building dates from the 15th century with the western end as an addition in the 19th century.
Halsway Manor (also known as Halsway Court) is a manor house in Halsway, Somerset. It is owned by the Halsway Manor Society who operate the manor as a national centre for the folk arts. It is the only residential folk centre in the UK. It is situated off the A358 road between Taunton and Williton on the edge of the Quantock Hills.
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