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Soundpost Singing Weekend 2022

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When

06 May 2022 – 08 May 2022
16:00 – 19:00

Come and join us for another weekend of fabulous singing! From 6th to 8th May 2022, we’ll be gathering in the beautiful village of Dungworth to celebrate all things folk music and singing related. These weekends are always a great opportunity to learn something new, meet likeminded people and enjoy making music together. Whether you’re an experienced singer or looking to build your confidence, everyone is welcome and we’d love to have you with us!

What’s in store

The weekend will include a blend of workshops, sessions, talks and performances exploring folk song and more general music skills. We’ll be led by a fantastic line-up of tutors, including Nancy Kerr, Rowan Rheingans, Sean Cooney, Cath Carr, Rowan Piggott, Jess Arrowsmith and Fay Hield. With years of knowledge and experience between them, they’re sure to have plenty of pearls of wisdom to share with us!

There will be various workshops to choose from, and you can specify which you’re most interested in on your booking form. Download the document below to find out more about the options available.

Workshop Details

There will also be a series of free events open to all over the course of the weekend. Keep your eye on our website for more details as we have them.

A brand-new song cycle

Something very special to look forward to this year is our Song Cycle, in partnership with the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership. We've commissioned Nancy Kerr, Rowan Rheingans, Sean Cooney, Cath Carr and Rowan Piggott to create a song cycle inspired by the lakeland landscapes to the North West of Sheffield, and the people and places that make this area unique. If you're coming along to the weekend, you can be one of the first to hear these songs performed!

Accommodation & Travel

The workshops will take place at Dungworth Village Hall, which can be found a 20-minute drive outside of Sheffield at this address:

Dungworth Village Hall

Main Road

Dungworth

Sheffield

S6 6HF

Tickets for the weekend don’t include accommodation, but there are lots of B&Bs and hotels in the surrounding areas. To find out more, download our handy guide to accommodation below.

Accommodation & Travel

Timings for the weekend

The Singing Weekend will run from 6th-8th May this year. Registration opens at 4pm on Friday 6th May, and you're free to drop by whenever you like from then. There will be a welcome chat and sessions on Friday evening, followed by workshops throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Things will wrap up at about 5pm on Sunday (with a possible Survivors' Session on Sunday night if enough of us are still around!).

You can find a full timetable at the link below.

Timetable

Tickets

Full Price Tickets: £120

Concessions: £90 (students & those in receipt of benefits)

We also have 5 Bursary places available for those aged 18-30

Tickets can be purchased online here. If you would prefer to pay via BACs or cheque, please complete the booking form below and email it to us at hello@soundpost.org.uk.

Booking Form Word

Booking Form PDF

Bursary places 18-30: 5 places available

Bursary Application Form Word

Bursary Application Form PDF

Find out more

If you have any questions about our Singing Weekend, please contact Jenna on jenna@soundpost.org.uk.

Nancy Kerr

Violinist, singer and songwriter Nancy Kerr has to date won 6 BBC Folk Awards including Folk Singer of the Year. She performs solo as well as with new supergroup Magpie Arc and has a multi-award-winning duo with James Fagan.

Nancy has been a commissioned composer for The Elizabethan Session, Sweet Liberties (which had its debut performance in the Houses of Parliament) and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust among many others, and was the recipient of the 2015 Alistair Hulett Award for Songs of Social Justice. 2021 saw the acclaimed release of her mythical-industrial song cycle Tunnellers, and her new album The Poor Shall Wear The Crown – Songs by Leon Rosselson is a culmination of her popular lockdown project which was featured on radio 3 and 4, and will be available from February 2022.

Nancy is Professor of Performance and Composition at Leeds Conservatoire and Lecturer in Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University.

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Rowan Rheingans

Rowan Rheingans is an award-winning singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and theatre-maker widely regarded as one of the foremost innovators in folk music today. Best known for her work with acclaimed bands Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters and the super-group Songs of Separation, Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (‘Best Original Track’ in 2016 & ‘Best Album’ in 2017) and is a six-times nominee. Her duo The Rheingans Sisters were nominees for the prestigious ‘Best Duo/Band’ award at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2021, Rowan received a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in recognition of her work as a composer.

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Sean Cooney

Sean Cooney is an award winning songwriter, singer and member of popular folk group, the Young’uns. His songs, born out of the folk tradition of his native North East, have championed contemporary real life stories and have been described as “a heartfelt secular hymnary for these troubled times and a rallying call for humanity” (the Scotsman). He is the author of the acclaimed international theatre show, The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff (directed by Lorne Campbell) - described by the Observer as "an extraordinary portrait of a working class hero." In 2020 he wrote and presented Art of Now - A Life in Song on BBC Radio 4 which explored the process of turning real life stories into song.

“a superb songwriter with a refined ear for a haunting melody and the pointed detail in a colourful tale” the Guardian

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Cath Carr

Having absorbed a multitude of influences, Catherine has a long music career, with a musical output and presence on the local and national world music scene. She has a consistent and significant track record of musical experience, an important part of which is the diversity across age, culture and ability, involving teaching, coaching, mentoring and performing.

Catherine's main instruments are guitar (classical and acoustic) and steel pan, and she teaches individual students and small groups. She has a PhD, MPhil and B.A. (Hons) Music and performs and records with Rafiki Jazz and others.

Rowan Piggott

Rowan grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland surrounded by traditional music. Both his

father, Charlie (of De Dannan) and his mother, Frances (who taught him the fiddle) were key figures in his musical development. The author of two successful tunebooks, he has also written articles for several magazines and led workshops at festivals all over the country. His debut album, Mountscribe, was released in 2018 to critical acclaim after winning the "Future of Young Folk Award" at Bromyard Folk Festival.

In 2019, Rowan received a creative bursary from EFDSS for the Songhive folksong project which he set up to raise awareness of the plight of the bees; and also started a research project on sean nós singing in the Connemara Gaeltacht with an award from Help Musicians UK.

Recently, Rowan has mostly been performing and writing with his new trio, The Wilderness Yet. Their debut album was released in 2020 to critical acclaim; called a "timeless and heady mix of traditions" by Folk Radio; and featured regularly on BBC Radio 2's Folk Show.

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Jess Arrowsmith

Singer and fiddler Jess Arrowsmith performs with Melrose Quartet, Hekety, as a duo with husband Richard and trio with Ian Robb, and with Pecsaetan Morris. She draws on many years experience of teaching individuals, workshops and evening classes, both vocally (back to basics vocal technique, confidence building, harmony etc) and traditional music and dance (ceilidh, morris, playing for dance etc) working with all age groups.

Fay Hield

Fay Hield is a folk singer and an academic at the University of Sheffield, teaching ethnomusicology and music management. Her research includes looking at the English folk scene to discover how it builds a sense of community, how artists play with traditional materials and how audiences receive them. This work inspired the formation of Soundpost – a safe space to introduce people to the weird and wonderful folk scene and a place for singers and musicians to explore and develop how we do what we do. Alongside the research, Fay tours and records with various projects, including The Full English and her own band, The Hurricane Party.

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For more information, contact jenna@soundpost.org.uk.