It's been 19 years since we started the Baring-Gould Folk Weekend and
this year is the 20th Baring-Gould Folk weekend, now firmly established
as part of the Okehampton cultural calendar. We started out in
the villages of Lewdown and Bratton Clovelly in 1999, and after five
years we outgrew these venues and moved into Okehampton.
The Folk Weekend is dedicated to Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, 19th
century folk song collector based here in West Devon, and so our
festival takes a special interest in song, and we evoke the spirit of
Harvest Festival. Okehampton is a delightful former market town on
the northern slopes of Dartmoor. We make use of community and
church halls for the Festival Weekend, and the town offers a range of accommodation to suit most pockets - making the Baring-Gould
Folk Weekend a perfect autumn break.
This year’s artists include Phil Beer, Polly Bolton, Georgia Lewis, Hannah Cumming, Martin and Shan Graebe, Trev Munkenbeck, Bill Murray, Matt Quinn, Kevin Sessions and the festival ceilidh will be led by the eclectic Banter.
We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances Chris Coe
is unable to join us this year, and we are pleased to say that JAMES FINDLAY
will be joining us as guest tutor at this year’s Baring-Gould Song School
Dedicated to local folk song collector Revd Sabine Baring-Gould the annual Folk Song School gives you time out to concentrate on your own singing: your voice, your performance, your repertoire.
Held at Wren Music’s headquarters Ebenezer Hall, a converted chapel in the delightful moorland town of Okehampton. You can find accommodation to fit most pockets, with hotels and guest houses, and YHA, and there are spaces for camping/camper vans at the Youth Hostel.
The Wren team is led by co-founders Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker, who will have spent most of this summer taking English folk song to other parts of Europe as far apart as Iceland and Sardinia.
Each day, tuition is done in a range of settings from large group work, to one-to-one surgeries with the tutors, and many additional small group sessions are developed as the week goes on.
Topics include: finding your strong voice, pitching, building your repertoire, understanding traditional songs and singers, accompaniments, overcoming nerves and so on . . .
The week is suitable for first time singers through to professionals – and the emphasis is on learner led activities, one-to-one and/or small group working with individual tutors and peer support.
Price £300 - Book here ...
Plus an option on a £25 Baring-Gould Folk Weekend ticket (26th to 28th October)
For more details contact:
Marilyn Tucker, Artistic Director
Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1AR
Tel: 01837 53754
Banter: New electronica folk trio who are taking the folk scene by storm will host this year’s festival ceilidh and run a dance workshop.
Phil Beer: Festival Patron Phil is a regular visitor to the folk weekend adding his own brand of wit and wisdom to an eclectic mix of tunes and songs.
Polly Bolton: Polly is recognised as one of the leading exponents of decorative style of tradition British singing. She makes a welcome return as Festival Choir leader.
Hannah Cumming: Hannah began playing Folk Music at the age of 12, when she began the fiddle. She hen went on to start a band with her brother along with Jon Dyer and Penny Dyer, to form the Dyer:Cumming's, Watch out for Hannah as part of the Gothic Dartmoor concert.
Martin and Shan Graebe: Co-collaborators in the whole Baring-Gould project Shan and Martin met in 2000 and started to sing together in 2003. Their repertoire includes a number of songs from the Baring-Gould collection.
Matt Quinn: Renowned folk singer, melodeon and concertina player from Sussex. Watch out for the Sussex special featuring Matt and fellow Sussex man our own Paul Wilson.
Georgia Lewis: Georgia Lewis is folk singer and accordionist from Wiltshire. has been hailed as the best voice to emerge from the English folk scene in recent years.
Trev Munkenbeck and Kat Barlow: A new pairing of Wren stalwarts. Trev is a gaining a reputation locally as a fine singer, and he and Kat first sang as part of Wren’s Blackberries and Bandages concert. Kat is a frim member of theHer story project.
Kevin Sessions: Shantyman Kevin (one of The Old Gaffers) is on hand to manage the mayhem that is our regular stew and shanty session on Sunday.
The Baring-Gould Folk Weekend relies on volunteers, and we need people to:
If you can offer help or want to find out more please contact me:firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01837 53754
Becki Driscoll: Back from maternity leave fiddler Becki is on hand to lead the Festival Orchestra and some youth events.
Jon Dyer: Watch out for Jon as part of Gothic Dartmoor as well as Dyer:Cumming
Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson: Duo Marilyn and Paul will be around all weekend, as part of Gothic Dartmoor and Paul will be leading Wren’s MenSing group.
David Faulkner: bagpiper David will be leading inclusive workshops and children’s events.
Visit Shop or send a cheque made payable to Wren Music to:
Baring-Gould Folk Weekend, Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, Okehampton, EX20 1AR
Bill Murray: Baring-Gold regular Bill specialises in the Devon songs he collected from the ‘old boys’ in North Tawton and around. As well as his own brand of folk song William the Conkerer takes charge of the conker competition on Sunday afternoon.Enter your text here