Thursday, 8 January 2009

Sore Fingers Week 2009 is now booking!

John Wirtz, chairman of the British Bluegrass Music Association and organiser of Sore Fingers Summer Schools, reports:

The finance department at Sore Fingers Summer Schools has just released a press release carrying very good news for potential European students this year.

As the Pound Sterling is generally collapsing in the face of intense pressure from all quarters, those in the Euro zone will find Sore Fingers Week (13-17 April 2009) a lot cheaper than in previous years. The strength of the Euro against the Pound Sterling means a saving of up to 25% compared to the cost of Sore Fingers Week 2008.

So here’s a good opportunity to bring back the Europeans who have been less eager to come because of the exchange rate in recent years. Furthermore, the line up for this year’s event is just fantastic and we have places on most classes should you be interested.

Our fabulous line up of tutors is as follows:

Autoharp – Karen Mueller
Bass – Eric Thorin
Banjo – Both banjo courses are full!
Dobro – Jimmy Heffernan
Fiddle – Casey Driessen
Guitar – Eric Uglum
Mandolin – John Moore
Old Time Banjo – Joe Newberry
Old Time Fiddle – John Herrmann
Songwriting – Darrell Scott
Singing – John Lowell
Beginners – Stewart Williams

The camp is run at Kingham Hill School which is situated about 25 km north-west of the famous city of Oxford. There is a main line rail station at Kingham and we run a bus to and from the station to pick up students.

There are good communications to Kingham from major airports London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and London Stansted. Travellers using Eurostar can reach Kingham by changing stations in London. There is additional travel information on the website and if in doubt, please contact us (e-mail) and we will help.

Sore Fingers Week offers the closest experience to what you would get at a camp in the US but without the stress of a cross-Atlantic flight. All the main courses are taught by top musicians carefully selected for their ability to teach. Sore Fingers Week has been ranked in the top ten camps in the world, and it is a real benefit to have a facility of this quality over here in Europe.

And, Sore Fingers Week isn’t just a school. There are plenty of activities after classes, sessions in the bars and around the site, evening classes, lots of fun, and the inevitable bar where people get to meet and make lifelong friends. There is also an opportunity to join a student band and participate in the annual Sore Fingers Week Student concert. A real highlight.

The five-day courses conclude with a tutor concert - a unique show featuring all the teaching staff, and a concert that never disappoints.

Over the years, many from Europe have been to the event and some have become regulars; and since music is an international language, communication is never a problem!

There is more information about the courses and the tutors on our website. Look forward to meeting you at Sore Fingers Week 2009!