Festival Workshops

Steve Berry - Bluegrass to Newgrass - the art of flat picking guitar

Friday, 10 Jan 2014, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm in Workshop Room 1

Steve's masterclass will look into many areas of guitar playing that will stand you in good stead playing bluegrass and many other styles - These include: Rhythm playing and bass lines, open chord voicing's and inversions up the neck, right hand rhythm techniques and how to incorporate unusual rhythmic groupings into your playing. On the melodic front he'll be looking at riffs and fills, utilising open strings, cross picking, and how to develop a tune with your own unique interpretation. As a keen improviser, Steve will also offer tips and ideas relating to soloing over progressions and composing your own material on the guitar.


George Jackson - Banjo

Friday, 10 Jan 2014, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm in Workshop Room 2

Attendees will learn more about three finger picking techniques, ranging from the Scruggs style, Melodic picking to single string technique and hybrid styles. You'll be left with a broader understanding and range of techniques to access and have a chance to perform at the festival en masse.


Jenny Thomas - Music and the Mind for String

Friday, 10 Jan 2014, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm in Workshop Room 3

Learn the tricks and methods to unlock your ability to play music with ease and joy. How does your own mind sabotage your playing? Why does playing in front of others sometimes feel like torture? Bringing the "play" back into playing music through simple though revelatory truths known by master musicians but rarely taught. The learning of Scandinavian and Irish tunes will provide the template to explore deeply each participant’s physical and psychological relationship with their instrument. Yes, it is folk! Following in the tradition of Martin Hayes, Ravi Shanker and Oliver Schroer. This workshop is ideal for string instrument plays (guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin, viola, cello, harp).


Jackie Kerin - Storytelling

Friday, 10 Jan 2014, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm in Workshop Room 4

Jackie is a traditional oral storyteller with 20 years experience. Her storytelling master-class will have a focus on traditional Apple Tales. Traditional storytelling is rapidly gaining notice on the mainland with networks of tellers connecting around the country and overseas. Oral storytelling was recently celebrated in the key addresses of both the Sydney and Melbourne Writer’s Festivals.


Youth Workshop - Songwriting with Christopher Coleman

Saturday, 11 Jan 2014, 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm in Workshop Room 2

Maximum 8 participants - youth ticket holders only