Encouraging others to dance, play and sing is an important part of what Blowzabella is about.
BLOWZABELLA WORKSHOP EVENTS
BLOWZABELLA DAY. A day of workshops and an evening dance/bal.
BLOWZABELLA FESTIVAL. A weekend of workshops, concerts, dances and informal music sessions. Usually with a guest band.
WORKSHOPS ONLINE. The band can provide all of their workshops online.
DANCE & BAND WORKSHOPS
DANCE WORKSHOP: JO FREYA & DAVE SHEPHERD – with the rest of the band providing the music. Learn some of the great English and European traditional dances that Blowzabella have popularised over the last 30+ years. The aim of the workshop is to help people get the most from a Blowzabella dance/bal. All ages and abilities welcome. There’s plenty for experienced dancers to learn too.
FOLK BIG BAND: PAUL JAMES. Using simple, catchy folk dance tunes as a starting point, this workshop is about working together as a team to make a mighty big band noise that is more than the sum of its parts. Suitable for all ages, abilities, any instrument. No prior knowledge/experience of folk music necessary. The aim is to create imaginative arrangements – using harmonies and riffs, textures and dynamics – that are interesting and fun to play, dance and listen to. You need to be of a standard where you can play a simple folk tune through at the right tempo, either by ear or by reading music. The Folk Big Band usually performs at the evening dance/bal.
INSTRUMENT & SINGING WORKSHOPS
BAGPIPE WORKSHOP - intermediate/advanced. JON SWAYNE. Introducing participants to English bagpipe repertoire, both traditional and recently composed, working mostly by ear, but music is available at the end. Work on technique and ornamentation relevant to that repertoire can be included. If time allows and the appropriate instruments are available, the workshop can enjoy playing polyphony with two, three or more lines, a form with which Jon has considerable experience. Suitable for conical bore mouth or bellows blown bagpipes in G (for example, border, Flemish and French pipes).
BAGPIPE WORKSHOP - beginners. PAUL JAMES. The aim is to play some simple tunes together and work on easy to learn fingering techniques and exercises, as well as how to sit/stand/blow comfortably with the pipes in balance. For bagpipes in G or D.
DIATONIC BUTTON ACCORDION & MELODEON (G/D). ANDY CUTTING. Suitable for intermediate and more advanced players. The basic standard required to get the most from this workshop is to be able to learn a simple folk dance tune by ear and play it at the right tempo with others.
VIOLIN. DAVE SHEPHERD. Mostly English traditional tunes and tips on rhythm and style. The basic standard required to get the most from this workshop is to be able to learn a simple folk dance tune by ear and play it at the right tempo with others. Some music is available on the day.
VOICE. JO FREYA. Taking traditional songs and singing them in harmony as a group. All ages and abilities welcome. No need to be able to read music. The emphasis is on creating a great sound by arranging beautiful songs for the voices there.