Friday, 18 December 2009

Sore Fingers Week (5-9 April 2010): Tutor lineup almost finalised!

Thanks to the organisers of Sore Fingers Week (UK), Europe's premier bluegrass 'camp', who report:

We are now getting close to a final lineup of musicians to provide another brilliant Sore Fingers Week next Easter!

First with the bad news, though. Mat Flinner, who we were really looking forward to having back for a second time, has had to pull out as he and his wife are expecting a new baby which is due right in the middle of Sore Fingers Week. Naturally, Matt wanted to be around for the new arrival and will now not be teaching next year. But we will follow up him up for 2011. Sorry if anyone is disappointed, but we do have a brilliant alternative tutor, John Reischman, and are negotiating with another great chap, Sam Bush. I’m expecting news from Sam shortly so sit tight and keep logging on for news.

As usual the 'recession-proof' banjo players have been booking en masse again, and though we are not yet close to beating last year’s record number of 118 banjo students, we are on the way. So Tony Furtado’s class is now over-subscribed. But we have the fantastic Alan Munde booked to teach a second class. Anyone already registered wishing to change from Tony’s class to Alan’s, should let us know without delay.

Both Tony and Alan have been innovators in their time but are contrasting in styles, and that should make it an easy choice for students.

It is usual to have to give a few classes the hard sell at this time of year, and an early commitment helps us make sure we will have enough students to justify the cost of the flights which we will be booking early next year. So if you are planning to book, it helps us to know sooner rather than later; so get your booking form out to us, please.

The full lineup as it stands is:

Autoharp – Cathy Britell
Banjo - Tony Furtado
Banjo – Alan Munde
Bass - Eric Thorin
Dobro - Jimmy Heffernan
Fiddle - Brian Wicklund
Guitar – Dan Crary
Mandolin – John Reischman
Mandolin – T.B.C.
Old Time Fiddle - Stephanie Coleman
Old Time Banjo - Adam Hurt
Singing - Janet Beazley & Chris Stuart
Songwriting - Ben Demerath
Beginners – Stewart Williams

All that remains is to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2010 and we look forward to seeing you at Kingham at Easter!

Best wishes

John, Moira and the team
Sore Fingers Week website