Adult Fiddle Groups & Lessons

Adult fiddle classes at The Wash House

Thursdays  April 21st – June 9th 2022  7.00 -9.00pm

We are continuing with our drop in rolling programme which includes a monthly taught class with Gica Loening and Sarah Hoy, as well as informal playing together opportunities. All at The Wash House, Adelphi Grove Portobello. See below for more information and how to join as a Fun Fiddle Member. 

Fun Fiddle programme operates on a four weekly rolling basis,  including a monthly tutored class for both advanced and improver level, two full sessions for the ceilidh group, and one open session with everyone playing together. (NB the Thursday evening group is not suitable for absolute beginners. If you are an absolute beginner please scroll down to One to One or Small Group Lessons):

Timetable April – June  2022

Thursday 21st April: 

7 – 8.30pm 2 tutored classes, one improver and one advanced level working on Tune of the Month – (the same tune for both classes, but with extra layers for more advanced group). Tutors Gica and Sarah Hoy. No enrolment required – just come along. Please email info@funfiddle.co.uk to receive the written music and recording which will be sent out before hand. 

8.30 – 9pm half hour informal jam for anyone to join in.

 Thursday 28th April: 

7-9pm Main Hall: Ceilidh band practice – open to all those who can play up to speed, and who want to play for dancing. OR:

7-9pm Art Room : Self led practice group for improvers and others who would like to unpick and explore tunes at a slower pace. Specific tunes to be decided by group. Please email info@funfiddle.co.uk for this term’s list of tunes.

Thursday 5th May:

7 – 8pm Main Hall Whole group slow session for all levels featuring tune of the month, and small selection of other chosen tunes. (Art room not open – and we would encourage all to join this whole session!).

8-9pm Main Hall Faster session of wider range of tunes

8 – 9pm Art Room Slower session with smaller selection of tunes.

Thursday 12th May: 

7-9pm Main Hall: Ceilidh band practice – open to all those who can play up to speed, and who want to play for dancing. OR

7-9pm Art Room : Self led practice group for improvers and others who would like to unpick and explore tunes at a slower pace. Specific tunes to be decided by group. Please email info@funfiddle.co.uk for this term’s list of tunes.

Thursday 19th May:

7 – 8.30pm 2 tutored classes, one improver and one advanced level working on Tune of the Month – (the same tune for both classes, but with extra layers for more advanced group). Tutors Gica and Sarah Hoy. No enrolment required – just come along. Please email info@funfiddle.co.uk to receive the written music and recording which will be sent out before hand. 

8.30 – 9pm half hour informal jam for anyone to join in.

Thursday 26th May:

7-9pm Main Hall: Ceilidh band practice – open to all those who can play up to speed, and who want to play for dancing. OR:

7-9pm Art Room : Self led practice group for improvers and others who would like to unpick and explore tunes at a slower pace. Specific tunes to be decided by group. Please email info@funfiddle.co.uk for this term’s list of tunes.

Thursday 2nd June

7 – 8pm Main Hall Whole group slow session for all levels featuring tune of the month, and small selection of other chosen tunes. (Art room not open – and we would encourage all to join this whole session!).

8-9pm Main Hall Faster session of wider range of tunes

8 – 9pm Art Room Slower session with smaller selection of tunes.

Thursday 9th June:

To end the summer term in the Wash House, come and join us for a celebration STRAMASH where we play all our tunes, eat food, drink, and have a dance or two to the fabulous Fun Fiddle Ceilidh Band.

Fun Fiddle Ceilidh Band

If you are a competent fiddler and can play by ear and up to speed, you are welcome to join in the Fun Fiddle ceilidh band will meet twice monthly, on the dates above.  Tunes List HERE

There will also be opportunities to join in guest fiddle workshops across the year, with discount for Fun Fiddle members. Watch this space! 

Come along on any Thursday and find out more (Please bring cash payment of £4/£2 concession (£6 non members) to cover venue and running costs. See membership info below: 

Fun Fiddle membership

In place of termly classes (formerly £12 per week), we hope you will consider taking out a Fun Fiddle annual membership, or becoming a friend of Fun Fiddle. £75 (£50 concession). You can join any time. 

  • Membership entitles you to discounted access to the weekly fiddle groups at The Wash House. Thursday Drop In cash payment of £4 , (£6 non member) – or pay for a block by BACS. Please email info@funfiddle.co.uk for bank details. 
  • A once a month  fiddle class with Fun Fiddle tutor for discounted cash payment of £4 (or payment by BACS as above).
  • Discount for Fun Fiddle guest workshops across the year

Become a Friend of Fun Fiddle

In addition to (or instead of) becoming a member, we are grateful for your support as a Friend of Fun Fiddle. This contributes towards opportunities for playing together either at local community events, or exciting events that arise across the year. Your kind support enables us to make things happen and for all to take part! Funds from ‘Friends of Fun Fiddle’ also enable us to subsidise anyone struggling to pay for lessons/ groups / workshops.

Become a Friend of Fun Fiddle

ONE to ONE or SMALL GROUP LESSONS

In addition to the regular Thursday group, one to one lessons are available by arrangement with Fun Fiddle tutors, Gica, Marit, and Sarah and are available for all levels including BEGINNERS. Please get in touch with us at info@funfiddle.co.uk .These will be offered both face to face/ in person, or on zoom. (Not on a Thursday). Payment and timings are arranged individually with tutors.

Get in touch with us to find out more.

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Online one to one tuition or small groups available so do get in touch to find out more.

LEARNING METHODS AT FUN FIDDLE

Do I need to be able to read music?  There’s NO need to be able to read music for our groups and lessons! The weekly Thursday group will mainly play by ear, but this terms sheet music is available on our TUNES page on the website and in our Fun Fiddle tune books. You will be kept in touch with what tunes are being played this term and our  TUNE OF THE MONTH. Email info@funfiddle.co.uk to ask for current list of tunes. 

Here’s what Fun Fiddlers said about recent lockdown times:

“Fun fiddle has been a very significant support and inspiration for me to remain positive during the past months. The fact we have all remained in touch gave me a focus for practising when we were staying at home. Towerbank gave us renewed focus and encouragement.”

“It is a sense of a ‘spiritual home’ in times when it is difficult to keep in close contact with family living far away.It has boosted my confidence to reach out to other fiddling opportunities on line as well as bringing a sense of ‘family’ enjoying good happy friendships, keeping us practising meaningfully, trying out new tunes, providing that bit of spontaneity when so much of your day has to be planned. We’ve found, with Fun Fiddle, ways to manage the difficulties that this crisis has thrown up.”</em

“Playing the fiddle has been keeping me sane and focussed on something positive, enriching and shared in this turbulent world of separation and lockdown.”

“It’s been an opportunity to share a musical experience with others when there is so little closeness with other people. It is an escape into a world of cheerful tunes which are uplifting and help us to live in the moment which is so important now. Expressing feelings through playing music is relaxing and so necessary at this time.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or to find out more. 

 

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