Folk School

Folk School

Folk School

2018 Folk School Program

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2017 Folk School Program

Wed 11 January 2017

  Folk School New Hall Folk School Chill Out Room Folk School Old Hall
9am Guitarist Calisthenics - guitar finger/hand exercises that
every player should know - The Trippy Hippy Band
Beginner Fiddle - Emma Nixon Australian bush poetry - Ralph Scrivens
10am Old-time Rhythm Guitar and Carter Picking Techniques - The Haywood Billy Goats (USA) Bohdran - John Spillane Tasmanian Heritage Tunes - Dave Elliston
11am Open C guitar accompaniment for traditional folk songs - Matthew Dames Scales for Folk (any instrument/ intermediate) - Emma Nixon Sea Shanties - Dave Elliston
Midday Gypsy Jazz workshop - The Squeezebox Trio Cajon Playing - Ruido Learn the basic structure and rhythm of Irish solo dancing - Cross Rhythm Dance Co
1pm Bluegrass Guitar - Innes Campbell Unlock your passion to perform to your full potential - Geoffrey Graham Folk songs from around the world - Sing Gong Go
2pm Percussive Guitar Techniques - Daniel Champagne How to Chop" on the violin" - The Squeezebox Trio Festival Choir
3pm Irish backing (guitar-bouzouki)- Four Winds Old-time Banjo Styles - The Haywood Billy Goats (USA) Round and Round We Go: Lots of Canons for Fun Singing - The Wish List
4pm Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra - Emma Nixon Accordion (beginners/intermediate) - some instruments provided - Christiaan Dolislager Songs from the great strike of 1917 - Christina Mimmocchi


Thurs 12 January 2017

  Folk School New Hall Folk School Chill Out Room Folk School Old Hall
9am Handshapes An Absolute Rank Beginner's Guitar Course - Pat Drummond Tips for arranging tunes - Four Winds Singing rounds - Kirsty Bromley (UK)
10am Right hand flamenco techniques - Malcura Old-time and Bluegrass Mandolin - The Haywood Billy Goats (USA) Harmony singing - Winter Wilson (UK)
11am Balkan/Russian dance and music (singers welcome) - Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret Tin whistle - Four Winds Song writing Seminar - Pat Drummond
Midday Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques - Daniel Champagne Scottish Fiddle: Exploring the Airs (intermediate/advanced) - Emma Nixon Song writing tips and tricks - Winter Wilson (UK)
1pm Using a loop pedal to create songs - Kenta Hayashi (Japan) Appalachian Fiddle Styles - The Haywood Billy Goats (USA) Singing Irish Repertoire - Four Winds
2pm World Music Percussion - Azzband (Italy/Spain) Improve your rhyme and rhythm - Brian Bell Indigenous awareness, totems and spirit animals & song writing - Blakboi
3pm Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra - Emma Nixon Subconscious song writing - Rory Faithfield The Bare Bones of Storytelling - Lindy lady of the Forest
4pm Junkadelic Rhythm workshop - Junkadelic Brass Band   Comedy song writing and performance - Errol Gray

Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 January 2018

2 days - $85  |  1 day $55 | 1 session $25

The 2018 Folk School will be held on the Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th January preceding the Illawarra Folk Festival and incorporates approximately 40 workshops.  The Folk School aims to increase awareness of folk music traditions and provide opportunities for musicians of all ages to build on their skills & open new musical doors.  The workshops are held in the Northern Illawarra Uniting Church, corner of Point Street & Princes Highway, Bulli (across the road from the Illawarra Folk Festival site).

Information about 2018 Folk School Scholarships - CLOSING 30 November 2017.

The Festival campsite will be available from Wednesday 9am for Folk School attendees.


As well as the workshops, participants are encouraged to take part in the following events:


The parade and festival choir performance is on Sunday evening. Rehearsals at the Folk School and during the festival. (Festival Pass required)


The Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra is a new gathering of young folk musicians and singers (15-30yrs) from across Australia meeting to learn, teach each other and perform traditional and contemporary folk songs and tunes from Australia and beyond.  Through a tapestry of workshops, sessions and performances, Folkaphonic will provide opportunities for young musicians to learn a variety of musical styles in a space dedicated to development, friendship, inspiration and sharing. MORE INFORMATION

For further information, please contact Ann Lehmann

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