Paul James @ klangrauschtreffen

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Museumsdorf Hösseringen , Landtagsplatz 2, 29556 Suderburg. Germany

Folk Ensemble Workshop – All Ages, All Abilities, Any Instrument.

Paul has been teaching people of all ages and abilities, in many different countries, to play and arrange folk music in ensembles for 30 years.

Using simple, catchy folk dance tunes as a starting point, Paul’s Folk Big Band Workshop is about working together as a team to make a big band noise that is more than the sum of its parts. Suitable for all ages, all abilities, any instrument. No prior knowledge 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.

Participants need to be of a standard where they can play a simple folk tune through at the right tempo, either by ear or by reading music.

Blowzabella @ Gran Bal Trad

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Ivrea, Torino, Italy

International festival of traditional dance and music in NW Italy. Workshops, dances with Blowzabella and many other musicians and workshop leaders. See their website for programme and full details.

Blowzabella @ Sidmouth Folk Festival

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Sidmouth, Devon.

Blowzabella are doing a big concert (with a special guest) and a big dance . See festival website for full details.