Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Old Time American Music workshop week - April 30 to May 7, 2016


Alice Gerrard, legend of old-time country and bluegrass music, is announcing one of La Fuente most exciting weeks ever. She will lead participants in music and song through classes that will include singing, fiddle, banjo, guitar (all at various levels) plus beginner's instrumental, Wernick method jamming, percussive step-dance and song-writing.

This time, Alice will be joined by one of her long-time musical partners, Tom Sawber, a luminary of the old-time country scene in the US, due to his brilliance as instrumentalist and singer. Both teachers are at the pinnacle of their field, and carry a wealth of knowledge and teaching skill. They can not be recommended highly enough, and it would be a pity to miss this rare opportunity to spend an intimate week in their excellent company.

A new highlight of the week will be a songwriting group, facilitated by master songwriters Alice Gerrard —  who was nominated for a Grammy for her recent work, Bittersweet —  and Sooz Clare.  Joff Lowson will offer his Wernick Bluegrass jamming workshop and a beginners’ instrumental class, for any stringed instrument. This will be suitable even for those who have never touched a musical instrument before. A percussive step-dance, voice and banjo, all from Buffalo Gals’ own John Whelan, Sibs Riesen and Kate Lissauer, will also be offered.


The classes will be held in a beautiful and remote valley located in mountainous south-eastern Spain, an hour’s drive north of Almeria. The site is a self-contained oasis, very private, nestled in a bowl of hills.  Residents, teachers, and staff live together in two beautifully restored old farm houses — casitas — and a charming sleeping house, all surrounded by exquisitely landscaped terraces.

You can find direct details of all inclusive not-for-profit week, costs, travel, early booking discount and venue, at La Fuente Holidays website.