WORKSHOPS - Acoustic Blues Weekend, Wantage

Acoustic Blues Weekend of workshops, jams and performance.
The Beacon, Wantage OX12 9BX
Friday 1st March to Sunday 3rd, 2019

The Programme

The programme will offer classes starting on Friday from 1pm to 5pm followed by a staff concert at 8pm. On Saturday, classes will run from 10am to 5pm followed by an evening jam session from 8pm to midnight for ‘participants only’. On Sunday, classes will run from 10am to 3pm.  The classes will cater for all levels of ability and we recommend you bring along a portable recorder for future reference. The tutors for the ‘Acoustic Blues Weekend’ are Eddie Martin (harmonica), Adam Franklin (bottleneck slide guitar), Michael Roach and Abi Budgen (country blues guitar).

The Classes

Friday 1 to 5 followed by an evening staff concert. Concert will start at 8pm.
Saturday 10 to 5 followed by an evening jam session. Jam session will start at 8pm
Sunday 10 to 3

The Staff
Born in London, Eddie Martin started playing acoustic guitar and harmonica at the age of 16. He became a keen student of Dr Ross and Joe Hill Louis.  Today, he is recognised as the outstanding one-man blues band in the UK. With 17 acclaimed CD/DVD releases on Blueblood Records, his career has seen him travel to 35 countries and run numerous workshops for blues guitarists and harmonica players. For the weekend, Eddie’s class is for all levels. Working through a course book, the emphasis is on playing to get you through basic techniques (e.g. bending and trill) to more advanced techniques (e.g. tongue block) using jams and set pieces with references to masters such as Sonny Terry, Little Walter, Walter Horton, Sonny Boy Williamson 11, James Cotton, Deford Bailey and others.

ADAM FRANKLIN, Bottleneck Slide Guitar 

Adam Franklin is a superb exponent of blues and ragtime from a ‘golden age’ of American music. With a voice that is both powerful and soulful, his performances are intense, energetic and highly entertaining. Adam’s classes will look at all aspects of slide guitar, from the basic techniques and tunings to classic rhythms and licks of the innovators. By studying the styles of Tampa Red, Robert Johnson, Son House, Barbecue Bob, Willie Johnson and more, students will be shown how to incorporate these techniques and licks in to other songs. A session will be put aside for a workshop looking at open tunings. Tunes such as; Memphis Minnie’s ‘What's The Matter With The Mill’, Robert Johnson’s ‘Hellhound On My Trail’, Charley Patton’s ‘Screaming and Hollering the Blues’, Mississippi John Hurt’s ‘Frankie’, while not featuring a slide, use 'open' tunings and have great rhythmic licks that can be used in many other contexts.

MICHAEL ROACH, Country Blues Guitar

Michael Roach from Washington, D.C., spent several years learning directly from such well-known figures as John Jackson, John Cephas and Jerry Ricks which established him in traditional acoustic blues music circles.  For the weekend, Michael will cover blues from the states of North and South Carolina. Music from this region is often referred to as Piedmont Blues and is characterized by using your thumb to play alternating bass lines on the guitar with your fingers playing the melody. The style is centred on songs using the guitar as a 2nd voice as well as an accompaniment. Michael will be looking at the music of Pink Anderson, Josh White, Gary Davis, Etta Baker and Blind Boy Fuller amongst others.

ABI BUDGEN, Country Blues Guitar

Abi has devoted many hours to studying old recordings in an effort to capture and communicate the spirit of the original sound. Inspired by her passion, Abi has become recognised as a respected guitarist, performer and recording artist. She has been teaching blues guitar to all levels of ability for 11 years.

Registration Fee 

The registration fee is £175 for the weekend. A single day rate is £60 for Friday, Saturday is £80 and the rate for Sunday is £50. Advance booking is required and please make your cheques payable to Euroblues Promotions Limited. We accept PayPal and you can also ‘turn up’ and pay on the day. Regarding accommodation, we are staying at The Bear Hotel (Wantage). It is a two-minute walk from The Beacon. We negotiated a special room rate and reserved 20 rooms (first come, first served). They have 10 singles at £55 per night, doubles for 1 is £65 and doubles for 2 is £75. All bookings include breakfast. Their telephone number is 01235 766 366.

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