Masterclass tickets are now available online and are excellent value for only $50 (online price) for four hours with true legends of their craft.

 

Music, movement, meditation and mantra—singing as a tool for health and wellbeing.

Prince Edward Island singer Teresa Doyle offers a workshop on The Yoga of Sound introducing singing as a healing modality. Teresa has been exploring healing sound traditions for more than two decades and will share some simple practices that you can use on your own. She will lead us in toning, gentle movement, free improvisation and chanting.

Teresa completed a three-year study program with South Indian master Russill Paul. The Yoga of Sound, nada yoga, is a parallel stream to the physical postures we are familiar with here in the west. Mantras are ‘sonic’ postures that move our brain out of the stress of beta to a more relaxed and peaceful brain wave state.

Teresa will introduce us to some simple mantras that we can include in our daily practices. These chants are a core part of the yoga tradition and have been sung for centuries.

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Bruce Molsky has become known as one of the most influential traditional fiddlers of his generation and has brought the beauty and depth of American Old-Time Music around the globe.

“With fiddles in hand, we’ll look at a couple of old time Appalachian fiddle tunes in depth to discover what makes the style so unique.

Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then bowing, and then piecing things together. We'll dig into old-time music's unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc. The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we'll be playing!“

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Simone's discovery of Flamenco music and dance began in 1990. Training with some of the best flamenco dancers in Australia, Simone decided to devote herself entirely to flamenco and in 1998 she took her first trip to Spain to dedicate herself to the art of flamenco.

Since that time Simone has become an established and accomplished flamenco dance artist both in Brisbane and throughout Australia.

Guided by some of Spain's finest dancers, including Belén Fernandez, Pili Ogalla, Mercedes Ruiz, Andres Peña, La Truco, Maria Juncal, Isabel Bayon, La China, La Tati, Ciro, and Manuel Reyes, and Simone returns to Spain every year to immerse herself in the latest technical and artistic directions of Flamenco.

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Charles Jenkins is published songwriter of more than 30 years as well as a musician, producer and performer with more than 30 years experience in the Australian Music Industry.

He has recorded and released 14 albums, both locally and internationally, toured Europe and the USA several times and been nominated for two ARIA awards with the Icecream Hands. In 2014, his sixth solo album Too Much Water In The Boat won the AGE/Music Victoria award for best folk/roots album

Fri 6 Jan 11am - 3.30pm

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Story telling masterclass for all on Fri 6 Jan 11am - 3.30pm.

Back by popular demand! Joe the ‘Authentic Irish Storyteller, singer and Poet’, born in the mountains of Cork, an area steeped in the ancient art of storytelling.
Joe's stories and poems are deeply romantic, thought provoking and often hilarious. Joe will aid the group in developing the skill of crafting and delivering a story that will hold your audiences spellbound: covering all aspects of writing and developing the storyline.

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The People's Orchestra masterclass will take place on Fri 12th Jan 11am - 3.30pm.

To form The People's Orchestra for the 2017 Cygnet Folk Festival, players are invited to attend a FREE four-hour masterclass. The group will work with renowned presenters: composer and flamenco guitarist, Andrew Veivers with multi-instrumentalist Dave McNamara

Participants will play to welcome the pilgrims to St James on Saturday afternoon and process through Cygnet as well as perform in a final concert at the Folk Festival.

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All ability levels welcome.

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