Sing Mainly Bluegrass Singing weekend

Join us for another MAGICAL weekend of SINGING out the summer in the heart of the
LEICESTERSHIRE countryside.
Last year's weekend was a sell-out so we've decided to DO IT ALL AGAIN!

Once again Roger Jackson and Sue Pomeroy will be heading up a superb weekend of BLUEGRASS HARMONY SINGING plus fabulous food, campfire singing and great company …
WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE!

Our Leaders ...

Roger Jackshon sing bluegrass
Roger Jackson

We will be led by Roger Jackson and Sue Pomeroy.  Roger is a very experienced choir leader, composer and musician.He has a passion for harmony singing and creates arrangements with very approachable parts which blossom into impressive performances.
As one the country’s top community choir leaders Roger was a regular leader at the Community Choirs Festival in Stratford and the Chiltern Choirs Festival and directs the Fabulous Festival Choir at Towersey folk Festival.
Roger is a fan of Americana and Bluegrass music, and plays mandolin and guitar with his trio 'BlueJay'.

Sue Pomeroy
Sue Pomeroy ...

Sue is a singer/songwriter and a member of the Rye sisters who perform original and covers of Americana/country and folk in close and beautiful harmony.
Sue hails from Lincolnshire and has worked closely with Roger to deliver quality workshops, teaching three and four part harmony.

READ ON AND YOU'LL SEE VIDEOS OF ROGER AND SUE IN ACTION AT LAST YEAR'S EVENT!

What We Will Be Doing ...

FRIDAY - 16th September
Arrive from 1.00 pm onwards
6.00 - Meet & Greet with evening cocktails and a hearty sing!
7.00 - Dinner
8.30 - Campfire sing around
LED BY CALLING TIME

SATURDAY - 17th September

8.00 - 9.00 - Breakfast
9.30 - 1.00  - Wonderful harmony singing including coffee break
1.00 - Lunch
2.30 - More wonderful songs to sing and harmonise
4.00 - Leisure
6.00 - Evening cocktails
7.00 - Dinner
8.30 - Campfire sing around
LED BY CALLING TIME

SUNDAY 18th September
8.00 - 9.00 - Breakfast
9.30 - 1.00  - Even more beautiful harmony songs to sing including coffee break
1.00 - Lunch
2.30 - Concert

Our magical, marvellous singing weekend finishes with an ad hoc concert in which we hope you will take part.
Solos, small groups, bands, acappella all welcome!
Hopefully this programme will give you a bit of free time to explore the nature reserve and woods around the farm or some of the surrounding sites which lie nearby before dinner.

If there is enough demand, our tutors may organise a small group session during one of the singing slots.
Weather permitting and if you have enough voice left, we may organise a landrover safari to one of our favourite mystical high spots!

Our Venue ...

Bushwell herd of British White Cattle
Inspecting our lovely herd of British White cattle ...

Our venue is Bushwell Farm, situated in the heart of the National Forest and just outside the quaint market town of Ashby de la Zouch.
It is home to our herd of pedigree British White cattle which you may spot during your stay with us, but don’t worry they will be well away from our campsite!
The weekend itself is very much back to nature, although we won’t be going as far as composting toilets and a hose pipe in the yard for a shower!

Dawn at Bushwell Farm camp site
Sunrise on the Bluegrass site ...

Be assured facilities will be clean and well maintained plus you’ll have an idyllic rural setting for your tent or motor home.
(If you don’t fancy camping there are nearby B&Bs see here).

 

Delicious, Locally Sourced Meals ...

Sing Mainly Bluegrass Breakfast
The finest of fare for our campers ...

Jaming in the grass
A quiet jam amongst the clover ...

We have brought in one of the best local catering services to provide hearty and nutritious meals so you don’t need to bother with pots and pans and risk an apoplectic fit when you tip the sausages into the grass!

All tuition and meals will be in our large, airy marquee which will also double as a social area for a jam or busk so bring your instruments as well as your voices!

Campfire Sing-A-Round ...

Campfire
Stoking up before the sing around!

A campfire is a must and as the sun goes down we’ll definitely be having one alongside a loosely organised sing around headed up by Julie & Amanda whose band, Calling Time is well known around the area and are both members of the Folk On The Farm team.
We hope you'll take part so bring along a song or two and your instruments.
Calling Time are a lively band and will definitely get things going!

FAQs

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The price for the weekend is £189
This includes all meals and free camping for your tent or caravan.

HOW DO I PAY?
As we are limiting numbers and want to be sure we can cover our fixed costs, we are asking for a deposit of £20 to secure your place.  (This is not refundable as we are liable for non-refundable deposits ourselves.  Hope you understand!)
The balance will be due by the 1st July.
Click Here to book and pay.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE HAVE TO CANCEL THE EVENT?
Full refunds will be given except for the £20 deposit.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?
If you cancel before the 1st July we will refund any payment made less the deposit.
If you cancel after the 1st July and have paid the full amount due we will only give a refund if we can offer your place to someone else.

INSURANCE
Last year we had a couple of people who had to cancel at the very last minute.
As the weekend is very tightly costed on limited numbers we were unable to offer refunds so you might like to take out appropriate cancellation of holiday insurance that covers the cost of the weekend.

HOW DO WE GET THERE?
Our address is:  Bushwell Farm, 11 Melbourne Road, Newbold, Coleorton, Leicestershire.  LE67 8JH.
We are well served with major roads, rail and bus networks.
Full directions will be sent on booking.
If you are coming by train we can pick up from Loughborough, Leicester, Derby, Burton and Tamworth stations.

WHAT KIND OF SONGS WILL I LEARN?
There will be a heavy emphasis on Bluegrass, (obviously!) but don't be surprised if our tutors hop around the genres.

WHERE WILL THE TUITION TAKE PLACE?
In our large marquee and possibly in one of the barns.  All are airy and open sided if necessary.

CAN I COME AS A DAY VISITOR?
Yes, but the price remains the same due to the limit on numbers.

COVID
At the moment there are no Covid restrictions in force and as the event takes place outside under our airy marquees with limited numbers, we consider the risk minimal.
However, if you have any Covid like symptoms please take a test to confirm positivity or lack of and of course stay away if you are positive.

Take A Look At The Videos From Last Year's Sing Mainly Bluegrass ...

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