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The Wren Dartmoor Fiddle Day

June 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Wren Dartmoor Fiddle Day 2018 with tutors Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll

A day of music workshops exploring the tunes of Dartmoor Fiddler William Andrew

Saturday 23rd June 2018
10am – 5pm
Fairplace United Church, Okehampton, EX20 1DT

This year the Wren Fiddle Day has a focus on music from Dartmoor! To tie in with the Dartmoor Resonance Festival, we will be exploring the music played by William Andrew, a 19th century fiddler from Sheepstor, near Yelverton.
William was visited by the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould in the late 1800s as part of his work collecting the folk songs of Devon and Cornwall. He was a fiddle player rather than a singer; in fact he is reported to have said that he “minded his viddle more than them zingers”! He was a literate musician, and kept his music notation in a net suspended from his living-room ceiling. This included Ancient Church Music and Playford tunes, as well as popular dance and song tunes. Baring-Gould noted down several tunes played by William Andrew and we will be focussing on some of these at the fiddle day.

The morning sessions will look at some of the hornpipes and how to make variations, plus exploring tunes in more unusual keys. The afternoon sessions will include a “Dartmoor Folk Orchestra”, with parts for all abilities as well as a general tune learning session, suitable for all instruments.

There will be an “improvers” fiddle group running alongside the main group in the morning. This will be suitable for less confident fiddle players but not for complete beginners. You can change group during the morning if you feel you are not working at the right level!

Morning workshops are for fiddle players only. Afternoon workshops are suitable for all acoustic instruments. Please let us know if you play a transposing instrument (eg Bb).

Rebecca Houghton from Viva Violins will have a stall at the fiddle day, selling violin and string-related accessories and she will hold a string surgery over the lunchbreak to address string-playing issues and answer questions about your instruments.

For more information about the day please email Becki Driscoll: becki@wrenmusic.co.uk or telephone 01837 53754.

Prices and tickets: All day: £30 / £20 under 18s | Morning or afternoon workshops: £15 / £10 under 18s

To book your place please visit www.wrenmusic.co.uk/en/Shop/ or call 01837 53754. 


June 23, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wren Music
01837 53754


Fairplace Church Hall
Okehampton, Devon EX20 1DT United Kingdom + Google Map
01837 52302