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Melodeons and More 2016

 

Melodeon maintenance day 2016

 

Melodeon makers courses

 

Melodeon evening classes in Suffolk

Melodeons & More         

This event started in March 2000, with 40 people attending a master class by Tony Hall and a ceilidh with Old Hat. It has since expanded to include different levels

and subjects, and from 2004 has also provided classes for concertina players. The event also provides a chance to browse trade stalls and try out new instruments,

buy books and accessories etc. In the evening the Squeezebox Special concert has now become a very popular event in its own right.

 

 

Melodeons and More 2016

 

In 2016, Melodeons and More took place on Saturday 19th March and featured tutors John Spiers, Hazel Askew, Dave Townsend, Mel Biggs, Ollie King, Owen Woods, Matt Quinn, Steve Dumpleton

and Paul Scourfield and was attended by nearly 200 people.

 

       

 

This year's event  was the best attended yet and had a great atmosphere, full of bonhomie as well as music. We welcomed many people to Suffolk for the first time amongst the 'old hands'

and had a superb line-up of tutors and guests for the evening concert.

 

Workshop subjects included looking in detail at more unusual tune types in the traditional repertoire, such as 3/2 hornpipes and slow airs, as well as how to put some lift and shape

into your music when playing for dancing.

 

The evening concert was a marvellous event, so many talented musicians, each with their own style. One highlight amongst many was the appearance of a unique collaboration of four

young players - Boxtet - you saw them here first, folks!

 

   

 

Photos: (top row, left to right) - Hazel Askew and singers, melodeons galore for sale, Dave Townsend's Village Band group; (bottom row, left to right) - Boxtet in concert; John Spiers and student, a capacity crowd

browsing the stalls. All photos by John Halliday except Boxtet, EATMT.

 

Amongst the many lovely comments we received were the following:

 

'I think the fact that you continue to draw people in from far, wide and overseas is testament to the success of the model and the esteem with which it is held in the melodeon world.'

 

'There's this massive feeling of backstory to it all ... if you're new to it, as I am, it feels so exciting.'

 

'I have only one complaint and that is that it's all over too quickly!'

 

Full details of the event are all on the Melodeons and More page of this website.

 

Next year's Melodeons and More will be on Saturday 25th March 2017.

 

We've left the information about the 2016 event on here so if you've not been before you can get some idea of the scale of the event and the way it works.

New information about the 2017 event will be posted here in December 2016. Why not join our mailing list to make sure you hear about it first!

 

On the day following Melodeons and More (Sunday 20th March 2016) there was a Melodeon Maintenance Day in the same venue. The sell-out day was led by maker Rees Wesson and included hints on repair, maintenance and tuning. Click here for further details.

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Workshops        

Levels        

2016 Tutors        

      Booking & Payment Details        

Teaching styles        

Instruments        

Timetable        

Music Market        

Squeezebox Special Concert        

Location and facilities        

Booking Form        

 

Downloadable PDF of leaflet        

 

 

 

 2016 Workshops

 Details of 2017 workshops will be announced in December 2016.

 

 MORNING WORKSHOPS

 

1. (Level 2) 'Both Ends Together, Part 1': Steve Dumpleton (D/G melodeon) (bookable only with class 8) (Full, 4.2.16)
Discover how the standard D/G melodeon is more than just two one-row instruments stuck together. Steve will use some great tunes from our local East Anglian tradition

in this workshop designed  to improve confidence in playing both melody and accompaniment at the same time. Continues in Class 8 in the afternoon.


2. (Level 2/3) 'An Introduction to French Canadian Repertoire': Matt Quinn (D one-row or D/G melodeon)
A look at some basic tunes from the Quebecois tradition plus some style and techniques to enhance the tunes. Participants should preferably have a one-row melodeon in D

for the authentic sound, but a two-row D/G melodeon will be fine.

 

3. (Level 2/3) 'Playing for Ceilidh Dancing': Owen Woods (D/G melodeon) (Nearly full, please state 2nd choice on booking form, 9.3.16)
An opportunity to explore how we as musicians can get dancers to dance! Looking at how simple techniques can make a big difference to how danceable our music is.


4. (Level 3/4) 'Song Accompaniment': Hazel Askew (D/G melodeon)

Looking at inventive ways to create accompaniment on the melodeon and what tools/techniques can be used to help tell the story of the song.


5. (Level 3/4) 'Slow Airs': John Spiers
(D/G melodeon)
Using the full potential of the melodeon to get the maximum expression out of beautiful melodies. (Full, 14.1.16)


6. (Level 2/3/4) 'Village Band - original harmonies': Dave Townsend  (D/G melodeon / any system concertina / any other instrument (low-pitch / bass especially welcome)
Play some English village band tunes in harmony settings from original 19th century manuscripts. Music reading helpful - but you will already know some of the tunes.

The two Village Band workshops are independent of each other: come to both, or just choose one if you want to mix and match.


7. (Level 1) Absolute Beginners Melodeon: Paul Scourfield (C melodeon - provided) (Full, 8.3.16)

Which way is up? How does it work? What does this button do? Is this the instrument I want to play? Now is your chance to find out!

You can book this together with Class 14 or an Absolute Beginners' Observers pass which lets you visit any afternoon class without actually taking part

 

 AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

 

8. (Level 2) 'Both Ends Together, Part 2': Steve Dumpleton (D/G melodeon) (bookable only with class 1) (Full, 4.2.16)
A continuation of class 1 above.


9. (Level 2/3) 'Faster than Your Fingers': John Spiers (D/G melodeon) (Nearly full, please state 2nd choice on booking form, 9.3.16)
Some tunes are quicker than others; solid techniques and tricks of the trade to get you playing up to speed.


10. (Level 2/3) 'An Introduction to 3/2 Hornpipes': Hazel Askew (D/G melodeon)
In early 19th century manuscript books from northern England, there are a number of hornpipes in the unusual time signature of 3/2, giving them a very different feel

to the standard hornpipe.

Hazel will teach some simple 3/2 hornpipes and look at techniques to bring them to life.


11. (Level 3/4) 'Symbiosis': Mel Biggs (D/G melodeon)
Playing for Cotswold morris jigs is wonderful! One dancer and one musician in beautiful harmony. That's the aim anyway! Pick up instrument techniques and learn

what to watch out for.

Live dancer included.


12. (Level 3/4) 'Pulse': Ollie King (D/G melodeon) (Full, 14.1.16)
An inspiring workshop looking at how to give your playing an underlying heartbeat. Focusing on bellows technique, looking at ways to add lift and drive.

Ollie will look at techniques that can be used in a variety of styles.


13. (Level 2/3/4) More Village Band - original harmonies': Dave Townsend  (melodeon / any system concertina / any other instrument (low-pitch / bass especially welcome)
Play some English village band tunes in harmony settings from original 19th century manuscripts. Music reading helpful - but you will already know some of the tunes.

The two Village Band workshops are independent of each other: you can come to both, or just choose one if you want to mix and match.


14. (Level 1) Absolute Beginners Anglo Concertina: Paul Scourfield (C/G anglo-concertina - provided) (Full, 8.3.16)

Which way is up? What does this button do? How does it work? Is this the instrument I want to play? Now is your chance to find out!

You can book this together with Class 7 or an Absolute Beginners' Observers pass which lets you visit any morning class without actually taking part.

 

Levels

 

Please look for the appropriate number next to each class.


Level 1 - Absolute beginners: you’ve probably never tried the instrument in question before and teaching will literally start with “which way is up”.

For these classes only, instruments are provided

(you can bring your own, but it needs to be a C melodeon / C&G anglo concertina).


Level 2 - Inexperienced: you can play a few tunes but not very confidently. This workshop will take things at a slower pace than the higher levels.


Level 3 - Intermediate: you’ve been playing for a while and have a reasonable grasp of basic techniques and are ready for some new ideas and challenges .


Level 4 - You’re quite an experienced player, wishing to explore some of the trickier aspects of the music and get some new ideas and inspiration.


Teaching styles Workshops vary in style, but all classes include demonstration and some participation, and are largely taught by ear in the class itself.

Written music is provided by some tutors, where appropriate, and we send out recordings and notes about three weeks in advance.

No advance resources are need for classes 7 or 14.

 

This information is also available as a downloadable PDF, should you wish to print it off and share it around.

 

2016 Tutors

 The 2017 tutor line-up will be announced in December 2016.

 

 

John Spiers

 

 

5. 'Slow Airs'

9. 'Faster than your Fingers'

 

 

John is best known as half of the duo Spiers and Boden and founder member

of the massively successful Bellowhead. He began playing melodeon whilst at

university in Cambridge, finding that his room was too small for a piano!

 

He is one of the most influential and inspiring box players around and generous with

his time and advice. He currently lives in Oxfordshire, where he has continued to play

an active part in the local folk scene despite his at times punishing touring schedule

with Bellowhead, which in 2014 included a sell-out gig at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Attendees at the 2013 Melodeons and More will have fond memories of his impromptu

duet with Saul Rose celebrating our snow-curtailed event and lifting everyone's spirits

before facing snowy journeys home!

 

www.johnspiers.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Hazel Askew

 

 

4. 'Song Accompaniment'

10. 'An Introduction to 3/2 Hornpipes'


 

Hazel is a London-based melodeon player, singer and musician who is

well known from her work with BBC 2 Radio Folk Award nominated trio Lady Maisery and The Askew Sisters.

 

She regularly runs melodeon courses for the English Folk Dance and Song Society as part of their Saturday music workshops and she has led workshops for Folkworks, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and at folk festivals across the UK.

 

Unaccountably, this is her first visit to Melodeons and More!

 

 

www.hazelaskew.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Townsend

 

 

6. 'Village Band - original harmonies'

13. 'More Village Band - original harmonies'

 

 

Dave is a singer and instrumentalist, playing accordion, fiddle and especially English concertina.

 

His wide-ranging work covers performance, recording, appearances on film, television and radio,

research and publishing, including the influential series of books 'English Dance Music'.

 

 

He is the founder of the much-loved Mellstock Band and director of Hands On Music

Weekends in Witney, Oxfordshire.

www.davetownsendmusic.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Quinn

 

 

2. 'An Introduction to French Canadian Repertoire'


 

Matt is a very busy young man, performing with The Dovetail Trio,

The Discussion Topic, The Mighty Quinns, The Geckoes ... and now

Boxtet!

 

He tutored at Melodeons & More several years ago and has since

popped up several times working in his 'day job' on the

Hobgoblin instrument stall.

 

It's great to have him back and teaching a subject he's a real master of, too.

 

www.mattquinnmusic.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owen Woods

 

 

3. 'Playing for Ceilidh Dancing'

 

 

Owen is another link in our Cambridge connection this year: whilst studying

there, he played over 80 ceilidhs with the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band,

so his workshop is thoroughly grounded in experience!

 

He started out playing drums (aged 5!) with his grandfather Rollo Woods on concertina and moved onto melodeon aged 11. Since then he's moved on to become, in John Spier's words a 'cutting edge' melodeon player, working with storytellers and founding the Jazz Ceilidh Project.

 

He has only recently moved out of the region to take up a job building and

restoring organs.

www.melodeonmusic.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Mel Biggs

 

 

11. 'Symbiosis'

 

 

Mel is a young musician who has swiftly gained acclaim for her wonderful musicianship: Simon Care of the Albion Band has described her playing as “phenomenal”.

 

She plays in the highly acclaimed band, Moirai, with Jo Freya and Sarah Mathews and in the new melodeon quarter Boxtet, whose world premiere

will be on the Squeezebox Special concert at Melodeons and More!

 

Since 2009, Mel has been growing her reputation as a melodeon tutor and is now widely recognised in the UK and internationally across the internet via Skype.

 

 

www.melodemon.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ollie King

 

 

12. 'Pulse'

 

 

Ollie is the final member of Boxtet and our final Cambridgeshire link, being

brought up in the county until he left to attend university in Sheffield.

 

His melodeon playing and singing is steeped in the English tradition and over the

last couple of years he has begun to make a big impression,

with a musical maturity belying his youth.

 

In late 2015 Ollie had the enviable experience of working at the National Theatre in

a production of 'Our Country's Good' - it unfortunately prevented him from taking

up our offer to appear at Traditional Music Day in September, so we're delighted

to welcome him to Suffolk as a Tutor and member of Boxtet.

 

 

www.olliekingmusic.com

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Dumpleton

 

 

1 & 8. 'Both Ends Together'

 

 

Steve is one of our most regular and popular tutors with a very clear

style of teaching and a wide-ranging musical knowledge. He worked

on transcriptions for our book of East Anglian music “Before the

Night Was Out” a few years ago and has a great local style,

despite living in Sheffield!

 

Steve has been playing the melodeon and anglo concertina for over

30 years and is an experienced teacher of both instruments.

 

He specialises in playing for dancing, performing with Sheffield womens'

dance team 'Lizzie Dripping', Fenland-based 'Ouse Washes Molly Dancers'

and local ceilidh bands.

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Scourfield

 

 

 7. Absolute Beginners Melodeon

14. Absolute Beginners Anglo-concertina

 

Paul is a stylish melodeon player and singer, performing material mainly from the English tradition.

He is a respected workshop leader and dance musician, playing with innovative ceilidh band

Chalktown as well as working as solo performer.

He has performed at many major folk festivals, where he has also run childrens' events.

www.paulscourfield.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Booking & Payment Details (2016 details for your information)

 

Please note, booking opens on Monday 14th December 2015 (priority period for Friends of EATMT) - see below for full details.

 

(1) Post us your booking form and a cheque payable to EATMT.

(2) Email your booking form and pay through your internet bank account: give us a ring or email to facilitate this.

(3) Post your booking from and pay by credit or debit card: fill in the card payment form as well as the booking form. A handling fee of £2 per booking is payable on all card transactions.

(4) Email your booking form and pay by credit or debit card: give us a ring or email to make a payment by card. A handling fee of £2 per booking is payable on all card transactions.

 

There is a priority booking period for Friends of EATMT from Friday 14th December to Tuesday 12th January.

Confirmations will be emailed to you unless you send an S.A.E. Workshop CDs and concert tickets are posted in late February.
 

Please select one morning and one afternoon workshop and indicate your 1st and 2nd choice for each period.

Please note 'Both Ends Together' Parts One & Two (workshops 1 & 8) may only be booked together. and you may book for only one of John Spiers' workshops (5 or 9).

 

The latest availability is posted on this page in the "Workshop Details" section, so it's a really good idea to check here before making your selection.

The booking form is also updated to reflect availability, so if you print it off in advance, make sure you check availability AGAIN before you actually fill it in and send it off!

 

After you have booked, we will email you a confirmation, and towards the end of February you will receive your learning resources (recordings and notes),

giving you at least three weeks to familiarise yourself with the material to be used in the class itself.

 

Click here for a printable booking form.
 


Teaching styles

 

Workshops vary in style, but all classes include demonstration and participation, and are largely taught by ear in the class itself. Written music is provided by some tutors,

where appropriate, and we send out recordings and notes about a month in advance.


Instruments

 

Most workshops are instrument-specific, but Classes 6 & 13 are open to players of concertinas and melodeons and other instruments too - players of low-pitched or bass instruments

are particularly welcome to join this class. These workshops focus on musical matters rather than specific instrumental techniques.


Timetable

 

The day runs from 9.45 to 5.30. Workshops run 10.30-12.15 and 2.15-4.00, with an informal workshop showcase from 4.30-5.30.

Over the lunch break you can take a stroll, have a dance, call or a play at the “scratch” ceilidh, play in a session or browse the stalls.

The evening concert runs from 8pm -11pm.

 

Music Market

 

There will be a chance to browse specialist stalls at the Music Market, which is open until 4.30. If you’re not attending workshops but would like to look at the stalls,

you are welcome from 10.45 onwards. Stalls confirmed include: Wesson Accordions: melodeon builders; Veteran: CDs, DVDs and books; Hedingham Fair: t-shirts,

cards, books, gifts; Black Diamond Accordions: melodeon and piano accordion sales; Hobgoblin: folk music specialists; Pete Grassby and Mike Acott Concertinas:

instrument sales, restoration and repairs.

 

Squeezebox Special Concert

 

The 2016 Squeezebox Special concert features John Spiers, Hazel Askew, Steve Dumpleton, Dave Townsend and new melodeon supergroup Boxtet (Mel Biggs, Matt Quinn,

Owen Woods & Ollie King) in their world premiere! Details for the 2017 event (25th March) will be announced in December 2016.

 

Come along and spend an entertaining evening listening to some superb English traditional music. A lovely relaxing and inspiring end to a day if you’ve been concentrating

in the workshops, or just an enjoyable evening out if you’re not a player yourself.


Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm kick-off. There’s a real ale bar all evening and a CD stall open before the concert and in the interval. Tickets can be bought in combination

with a day workshop for the best rates, but tickets are also available separately. Prices remain the same as in the last couple of years: they’re still £13.50 or £12.50 for

Friends of EATMT. Why not bring your friends and family for an evening of excellent music?

 

Location and facilities

 

The event is once again held in the village of Mendlesham, five miles from Stowmarket, where there is a rail station and bus links. The event takes place in the Community

Centre and  adjoining school, all under the one roof. The post code for the Community Centre is IP14 5RT.

 

The Community Centre is fully equipped for wheelchair users. and parking can be reserved for Blue Badge holders right outside. Mendlesham has

many historic buildings and is known for its unique armoury, housed in the church. The village has a pub (The King's Head), a fish & chip shop and a shop with cash facilities.

 

If you need somewhere to stay locally, you can take a look at the accommodation list below or contact Mid Suffolk Tourist Information: ring 01449 676800

or email tic@midsuffolk.gov.uk

 

Refreshments are provided during the day, and lunch may be booked in advance (see booking form). There will be a real ale bar open over lunchtime and during the

evening concert. Details about early evening meals for workshop attendees who are staying on for the concert will be sent to you well before the event.

 

 

Click here for a downloadable PDF to print off and share

 

Click here for a printable booking form

Click here for details of accommodation in the vicinity

 

 

 

Melodeon Maintenance Days

 

We are proud to lead the way in melodeon skills yet again, by hosting the first ever workshop days for melodeon players to learn about maintaining their instruments.

The first such event was held in 2009 and since then we have held them every two or three years.

 

The most recent one was on Sunday 20th March 2016.

 

During the day, there was a mixture of demonstration and practical work, with the aim of help participants to identify and evaluate problems and learn some of the

recommended methods for maintenance and repairs, including tuning.

 

The day was led by Rees Wesson with help from Steve Dumpleton. Concertina players were also be accommodated, much of the content being applicable to both

types of instrument.


Click here for further details.

 

 

Melodeon makers workshops

 

Since 2007, we have been proud to be able to offer a unique opportunity in the UK - a week's workshop where a small number of participants each make their own

high-quality one row melodeon, under the expert tutelage of French instrument-maker and musician, Emmanuel Pariselle. After the first course, we have run them

intermittently, in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014. At present there are no definite plans for another in East Anglia. Emmanuel has also run workshops building

two-and-a-half row melodeons in other parts of the UK and abroad. In 2016, there is a two-and-a-half row building course (fully subscribed) and the possibility

of a one-row building week, both at Halsway Manor in Somerset. Halsway is a residential centre for the folk arts, currently undergoing exciting developments,

and a great place to spend a week, although of course, not as lovely as Suffolk!! If you're interested in these courses, contact Halsway Manor.

 

 

Melodeon evening classes

 

We run regular evening classes in Stowmarket, in the centre of Suffolk - at present they run on Tuesday evenings and we are catering for beginners and improvers.

Click here for details of the current courses.

 

 


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