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Sore Fingers Week 2014

14th - 18th Apr 2014

SFSS logoSore Fingers Week is a five day residential course for bluegrass and old-time musicians. Tuition is provided by some of the finest musicians of the genre, including many from North America.

The subject instruments are fiddle (old-time and bluegrass), banjo (old-time and bluegrass), mandolin, dobro (resophonic guitar), autoharp (diatonic and chromatic), double bass, guitar and singing. There is also a beginners/improvers class with a tutor for each instrument. This class suits complete novices to lower intermediate students.

Aside from the main tuition many other activities take place during the week. In the evenings, one hour long 'dip-in' sessions are given by the tutors in their specialist field for people who are interested in a topic other than their chosen main subject.

Informal jam sessions occur in the evenings in the school bar, in some of the other school buildings and in the grounds if weather permits. All participants are welcome to join in. For students that do not feel ready to join in these jams, a slow jam session is held every day.

Students can opt to form scratch bands and prepare two pieces to be performed in the student concert which is held on the penultimate evening. It is a hilarious evening laden with the goodwill of comradeship built over the preceding days. Well worth the experience.

The tutor concert is held on the final evening when the tutors entertain us with their redoubtable expertise in the bluegrass and old time styles endowing the event with a superlative finale. Prepare to be stunned!

View the typical daily schedule for the week (PDF file). Please note this is subject to minor changes and you will be issued with an up to date version on arrival.

Course places are available unless otherwise stated (full). There is no need to ring up to check availability. Just complete the booking form as necessary and an acknowledgement will be sent when your booking is accepted.

Classes and tutors

Class Tutor No. places
Autoharp Karen Mueller 20
Banjo Tony Furtado -----------------------------CLASS FULL 20
Banjo Julie Elkins --------------------------------CLASS FULL 20
Bass Ben Somers 20
Dobro Ivan Rosenberg 20
Fiddle Brian Wicklund 20
Guitar Orrin Star -------------CLASS FULL - Wait List Available 20
Guitar Grant Gordy -----------CLASS FULL - Wait List available 20
Mandolin Joe Walsh --------------------------------CLASS FULL 20
Old Time Banjo Rachel Eddy ------------------------------CLASS FULL 20
Old Time Fiddle Bruce Molsky -----------------------------CLASS FULL 20
Old Time Fiddle Erynn Marshall ----------------------------CLASS FULL 20
Old Time Banjo Carl Jones 20
Singing Val Mindel 20
Autoharp-Beginner Heather Farrell-Roberts 20
Beginner - Improver - All Instruments Gary Payne
Beginner - Improver - All instruments Richard Collins

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Course and accommodation options prices are detailed on the booking form.

Please go to the booking page for full details on how to book your place.