Afternoon Workshops at BEAM 2016

Sep 2, 2016 | Big Experiment, Communities Work

These workshops are free to participants already booked on The Big Experiment, but if that’s not you, then don’t miss out. They’re open to the public too, at £5 each and you can book online now, here: https://event.bookitbee.com/trac-music-traditions-wales-traddodiadau-cerdd-cym

The timetable is subject to change if necessary.

BEAM 2016: more information

Saturday 1: 2.00 – 3.30

  • Ornamentation & expression
    Stephen Rees leads a workshop for all instruments on aspects of the Welsh folk tradition. His workshop will particularly interest fiddlers, but is open to all levels and instruments.
  • Try a Telynau Teifi harp
    Sioned Webb with a workshop for harpists and those who’d like to have a go. Telynau Teifi are a local company of harp-makers.
  • Canu oír Galon (Singing from the heart)
    Linda Griffiths, familiar to many from her Plethyn days, leads this workshop: a chance to enjoy a no-frills session of Welsh folk singing.
  • Social dances
    Folk dancer and caller Pat Smith introduces us to some dances from the Welsh social dance tradition. No experience necessary, it’s all about having fun.

Saturday 2: 4.00-5.30

  • Renew familiar tunes with phrasing
    In this workshop fiddler Bob Evans will touch on phrasing, particularly as a way of renewing well-known or worn out tunes. Suitable for any instrument, open to any level.
  • The Amazing Spoons Workshop
    Pat “Spoons” Smith will have you playing this underrated folk instrument in no time. Amaze your friends! Spoons provided
  • Singing session with Arfon Gwilym
    Sing-along session from the Welsh song tradition with one of Wales’ masters of folk song. Unison songs, songs in harmony, familiar songs and some less familiar ones, plygain carols, and one or two rounds – all unaccompanied.
  • Clocs Ffit!
    Aerobics meets Welsh clogging in the new fitness trend pioneered by our clog tutor Tudur Phillips. Dance yourself fit in this taster session, no experience needed and lots of clogs available for you to borrow.

Sunday 1: 2.00-3.30

  • Sing while you play/ Play while you sing
    Accompanying for instrumentalists and solo singers too – ways to create backing for folk songs with creative engaging choices. Stacey will deliver this workshop bi-lingually so there’s a warm welcome to Welsh learners.
  • Flute and whistle workshop
    Jordan Williams of Elfen with a workshop of flute and whistle playing, exploring ornaments and phrasing to give your playing a real traditional flavour.
  • Clogging for all – have a go!
    Now’s your chance to try clog dance in the Welsh style – or refresh your steps. There’ll be a number of pairs of clogs available to borrow, and you’re guaranteed to be dancing by the end.
  • Storytelling: a story of Carmarthenshire
    Guto Dafis is a master storyteller, singer and melodeon-player.
    During this workshop he will tell the traditional Carmarthenshire tale of Llyn y Fan Fach, and discuss its sources and variants, and how you can re-interpret and develop your own version of a story. Expect some listening, some chat and some participation.
    Suitable as an introduction for those unfamiliar with oral storytelling, but also of interest to those with some knowledge and experience.

Sunday 2: 4.00-5.30

  • Meet the Crwth
    Robert Evans introduces Wales’ iconic proto-fiddle in this talk and demonstration.
  • Singing session with Arfon Gwilym
    Sing-along session from the Welsh song tradition with one of Wales’ masters of folk song. Unison songs, songs in harmony, familiar songs and some less familiar ones, plygain carols, and one or two rounds – all unaccompanied.
  • Folk Dances of Lady Llanover
    Eiry Palfrey with a session on the dances collected by the formidable Lady Llanover. No previous dance experience necessary.
  • Music with Storytelling
    In this workshop Guto Dafis will demonstrate and discuss ways he uses music during his performances of traditional stories to punctuate, accompany & enliven the narrative. Suitable for musicians and those with an interest in storytelling. Bring instruments if you choose or just listen and watch.