Come away with the fairies at the 2019 Soundpost singing weekend

Soundpost Fairy Gathering

World getting a bit weighty? Lift your spirits in the wilds of South Yorkshire at Soundpost’s 2019 singing weekend.

The Fairy Gathering 2019 (which takes place 10-12 May in Dungworth) will feature singers such as Marry Waterson, Fay Hield, Lucy Farrell, Ewan MacPherson and Ben Nicholls. The idea for this year’s weekend comes from the Modern Fairies Project, a unique collaboration between leading songwriters, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers and researchers to develop exciting new work, presenting fresh perspectives on what folklore means to us in the modern world. The weekend will see the artists delving into the world of folk tales and exploring how they can be made relevant to singers and listeners today.

They will present hands on workshops to help you develop your own singing and songwriting with plenty of opportunity to get involved and explore new ways to work with folklore and music.

“The fantasy of the fairy world offers escape to a place of light and beauty, of endless food and drink, of laughter and happiness, but the allure draws us away from what is really important into a dangerous world of make-believe. These vivid, timeless and enduring truths about human existence still speak to us powerfully today,” says Fay Hield, Soundpost co-founder.

Soundpost was formed in 2011 by Hield, Sam Sweeney, Andy Bell and Jon Boden to explore folk traditions through practical workshops, performances, debate and discussion.

The organisation’s annual weekends started in 2011 as a celebration of song, with workshops, talks and practical sessions. Last year’s Wanton Seed event featured content from the reissues of the classic folk song books Marrowbones and The Wanton Seed and the brand new omnibus edition, Southern Harvest.

Soundpost singing weekends are notable for their accessibility, whether you’re a singer, fairy fan, music teacher or keen listener. If you want to develop your singing or songwriting skills or if you just want to hang out with a group of amazing people and absorb the charmed atmosphere, the Soundpost Fairy Gathering is where the magic happens.

–       £95 Weekend Ticket: Full Price (includes concert)
£75 Weekend Ticket: Students and Unwaged (includes concert)-       £12 Saturday night concert ticket only (Max: two additional tickets only. If demand is high we may not be able to guarantee concert tickets. Refunds will be issued if this is the case)

Event website: http://soundpost.org.uk/events/2019-04-26-fairies-gathering

 

Wanton Seed Singing Weekend

Wanton SeedFind harmony in Sheffield this summer

Do you want to sing your heart out in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside? Do you yearn to delve into some classic folk repertoire? Do you want to hone (or even find!) your vocal skills with the likes of Jackie Oates, Paul Sartin and the Askew Sisters?

Soundpost’s Wanton Seed Singing Weekend, which takes place in the Sheffield village of Dungworth (8-10 June 2018) is aimed at anyone from complete beginners to experienced singers. Says director (and singer/fiddle player) Bryony Griffith, “If you’ve never sung out before, it’s the perfect place to come and do it in a safe environment. If you’ve sung a lot, it’s a great way to learn new arrangements or new ways of singing or accompanying yourself. Our tutors all have a slightly different skill set and we have a good mixture of academic and performance skills, as well as different instruments.” There are even bursaries available if you’re between 18 and 30.

The weekend, which celebrates the songs brought together by the reissue of the classic folk song books Marrowbones and The Wanton Seed and the brand new omnibus edition, Southern Harvest, is a mix of workshops, talks and performances as well as one-to-ones with the artists and the workshops have enticing titles such as “The wanton women –exploring songs of women who did”, “Recycling song” and “weird and wonderful harmonies”.

In fact, says Griffith, “You could even come and not sing a note but still enjoy learning about the repertoire. We aim to make it really inclusive and everyone who comes to these weekends goes home having made friends – some have even formed singing groups.”

Event website: http://soundpost.org.uk/events/wanton-seed-weekend