Despite Ray’s absence in America, the Euro-plus session is going ahead at the White House (upstairs or downstairs depending on the space). In practice, the Euro-plus session can be a Scandi, Shetland and French orientated session… but usually the tunes played simply depend on who shows up and what tunes we know. So if you fancy a session, come and suggest a tune or two!
4.30pm Sunday 23 April in the White House Pub
Also, James’s Bastard English session is happening a week early (5th May) so as not to clash with Sam Sweeney playing at the Holywell Music room on Friday 12th May.
5th May Bastard English session at the Isis River Farmhouse from 8pm
7th May Oxford Slow Session at the White House from 4.30pm
12th May Sam Sweeney on his solo tour at the Holywell Music Rooms
I recommend buying tickets in advance as Sam Sweeney is an amazing musician and it will be a great gig.
For the future, Moonrakers have asked me to let you know about their workshop:
Moonrakers Folk Orchestra
Saturday 15th July Folk Orchestra day event at The Corn Exchange, FARINGDON, Oxfordshire, SN7 7JA. From 10:30 to 16:30 with a lunch break. A course/workshop for intermediate/advanced players of all acoustic instruments. Music and videos sent in advance. Book early! £70 for the day (25% off for under-27s) www.benslowmusic.org 01462 459446.
There will be two professional tutors – Jon Bennett (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, whistles) and Jacqui Johnson (cello, accordion, fiddle). The number of participants will not exceed 20. All the music is provided in advance but for those who learn by ear, a ‘slow jam’ video for each tune is also available.
Moonrakers (www.moonrakers.net) have been running these courses for many years and have a lot of material on YouTube, our own site and on www.ukuleleoxford.com. For any enquiries about this course, please contact us on 01865 769206.