Bluegrass singing weekend

Join us for a magical weekend of singing out the summer in the heart of the
Leicestershire countryside.
Expert tuition in bluegrass harmony singing from experienced workshop leaders Roger Jackson and Sue Pomeroy, fabulous food, campfire singing and great company …
WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE!

Bushwell Farm
7 Melbourne Road, Newbold, Coleorton, Leicestershire. LE67 8JH

Our Leaders ...

Roger Jackshon sing bluegrassWe will be led by our expert leaders, 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 is 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 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.
You can see Roger and Sue in action here.

 

 

 

 

What We Will Be Doing ...

SingingIf you've just watched the video you've probably got a good idea of what we will be doing over the weekend, but our programme will run something like this:

  • FRIDAY - 17th 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
  • SATURDAY - 18th September
    8.00 - 9.00 - Breakfast
    9.30 - 1.00  - Wonderful harmony singing including coffee break
    1.00 - LunchCampfire singing
    2.30 - More wonderful songs to sing and harmonise
    4.00 - Leisure
    6.00 - Evening cocktails
    7.00 - Dinner
    8.30 - Campfire sing around
    SUNDAY 19th September
    8.00 - 9.00 - Breakfast
    9.30 - 1.00  - Even more beautiful harmony songs to sing including coffee break
    1.00 - LunchLandrover and dog on safari
    2.30 - Concert

Our magical, marvellous singing weekend finishes with an ad hoc concert which we hope you will take part in.
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 ...

British white cattleOur venue is Bushwell Farm, 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! Campsite
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 ...

Lammas Bread Feast

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! singers
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 Singaround ...

CampfireCalling TimeA 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 as you can see here ...

 


FAQs ...

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The price for the weekend is £179
This includes all meals and free camping for your tent or caravan.

HOW DO I PAY?
Due to the uncertainty still surrounding the Covid pandemic we are only asking for a deposit of £10 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 31st August.
Click Here to book and pay.

WHAT HAPPENS IF COVID FORCES THE EVENT TO BE CANCELLED?
Full refunds will be given except for the £10 deposit.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?
In this case, as places are limited to 30 we will only refund monies if we can offer your place to someone else.

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.

DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK?
Only if you want to!  Hopefully all Covid restrictions will be removed by September, but ultimately you need to be comfortable with whatever the perceived risks are.
We will ask you to take a lateral flow test before arriving.

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.