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Fiddle Trek

The Story of a Musical Retirement.

  1. Rachel Podger concert with Norwich Baroque at Norwich Cathedral, September 15th 2018



    This was the second time we saw Rachel Podger and it was once again beautiful and compelling.

    Rachel is so engaged, not only with her music but also with the other players, the audience, and the venue. She plays as if it is all a delightful game, but a game which expresses all the joy of the universe
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  2. How we got on at the Merlin Summer School, Abbotsford, August 2018



    The Merlin Academy Summer School began with registration at 5 pm on Monday 13th August 2018, and immediately John & I were dismayed to discover that the full group would have to meet in a marquee, instead of in a hall at Abbotsford as we'd expected. I raised the issue with Iain Fraser the next day, and he
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  3. Merlin Academy Summer School, Abbotsford, 2018



    We went to this last year, and are planning to go again - practising hard with ten days to go.

    I'm wondering if it is a mistake to do a sequel, though.
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  4. Folkworks summer school at Durham, 2018

    We’ve just got back from Folkworks 2018, the thirtieth anniversary, held at Grey College, Durham. John wanted to go there so he could improve on his concertina as the tutor there this year was the renowned Alistair Anderson. I was playing fiddle, and the tutors were Sarah Matthews and Adam Sutherland.

    We had a good week - the weather was very hot, but mostly bearable. We stayed in a self-catering place by the river in Durham, but we ate lunch and the evening meal at Grey College
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  5. 3-day course, Playing Music For Dancing, at Halsway Manor in Somerset.

    John & I thought the 3-day Playing Music for Dancing Course at Halsway Manor was excellent. It was run by Linda Game and Gareth Kiddier of the English Contra Dance Band. Linda is a fine fiddler who can improvise on the melody and rhythms of English, American and Scottish tunes and Gareth provides skilled and empathetic keyboard backing.

    The first evening, we sat in the bar - eleven of us on the course - and played the tunes that we’d chosen, plus the odd solo or group contribution.
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