13th Feb 2022

What’s in this update?

re Back and Bookings are open
- Course and Tutor News

We’re Back!

At last! Sore Fingers Week is back on the calendar after a two-year postponement.
We are accepting bookings and are working on our recovery plan will which largely relies on student support over the next couple of years. Places for Easter 2022 are available on courses as listed below.

Dates are 11th (arrive Sun 10th) to 15th April (Depart Sat 16th) 2022. It will be held at the usual venue, Kingham Hill School. Booking forms are available online at this link:

It is worth noting that prices have been kept at the 2020 levels. This is a real bargain when compared to the current background of inflation.

If you are booked in and intend to take part in the Student Concert, please register in advance using the appropriate form. See left hand menu, "Register for Scratch Bands".

If you haven’t been before and want to know more about the Scratch Bands and the Student Concert, have a look at the “experience” page and scroll down to the Scratch Bands section.

Course and Tutor News

By and large, we’ve managed to maintain a good line up of tutors despite the changes due to clashing commitments. The website is now updated to include all the tutors who will be teaching at S.F.Week.

Here is the latest position:
Guitar: Due to ill health, Peter McLaughlin has had to pull out but is replaced by Robert Bowlin. Robert has worked with loads of great names and is renowned for his teaching. he also has the distinction of being Bill Monroe’s last and final fiddle player and he’s also a fine guitarist. See his full bio on the S.F. website link below.

Old Time Banjo: We had hoped to appoint a second US based tutor, but we haven’t had enough bookings to justify the cost, so Graeme Parry of The Firecrackers, etc - has agreed to deputise and take second class. Graeme taught at the last S.F event in October 2019 and, being an experienced teacher, is sure to run a great class. His Bio is on the website.
Beginners: Peter Earle known by many as the man who teaches music theory at Sore Fingers Week will be assisting Percy Copley with the beginners’ classes.
Link to tutor bios:

Class availability:

We have some classes that could do with a boost, see number of available places below:

Autoharp – Les Gustafson – 8 places
Banjo 2 – Leon Hunt – 2 place
Bass – Ben Somers – 9 places
Dobro – Todd Livingston – 12 places
Fiddle – Becky Buller – 4 places
Guitar 1 – Robert Bowlin – 1 places
Guitar2 -Ross Martin – 2 places
O.T. Banjo 2 – Graeme Parry – 10 places
O.T. Fiddle – Rachel Eddy – 7 places
O.T. Fiddle - Dirk Powell – 9 places
Singing – Val Mindel – 4 Places
Song-Writing – Wil Maring – 7 places
Improvisation – Andy Mackenzie – 4 places
Beginners, banjo, Guitar, Mandolin – 10 places

Any courses not listed are full.
Another thirty or so bookings would really help us on our way and secure the future of Sore Fingers for generations to come.

See you all soon

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