2021 Block 6 Thursdays

2021 Block 6 – Thursday Evening Workshops

These Thursday Evenings will each be a relaxed 2-hour workshop, focusing on session material. There will be a technique section based on pattern recognition, a session tune new to NEFS will be taught (one of the popular tunes it is often presumed you will already know!) and the chance to play in a session with other people, carefully guided by Stewart and Melissa.


My Cape Breton Home – Notation (pdf)

Audio (mp3)
My Cape Breton Home (Waltz tempo)

My Cape Breton Home – zip file (notation and audio files to download)

Here’s a link to a recording of My Cape Breton Home played by Blazin’ Fiddles. The tune is second in this set of Waltzes (at about 1 min 20 secs).
(If you like it, consider buying the album!)

Spirit of the Dance – Notation (pdf)

Audio (mp3)
Spirit of the Dance (Full)
Spirit of the Dance (Steady)

Spirit of the Dance – zip file (notation and audio files to download)

Here is the Live Tunes pdf for all the tunes we might play in the session.
If you want to access the full resources for these tunes (including bowed worksheets, audio files and the Zoom video recordings of the Live Calls in which the tunes were taught or revised) please head to the Live Teaching web page:

Thursday 25th November – change of venue
7.00 – 9.00 pm
Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, 3 West Jesmond Ave, West Jesmond NE2 3EX

There is a car park just to the south of the British Legion Club on West Jesmond Avenue. You may remove the chain to park there – please replace it when you have entered. West Jesmond Metro is just a few minutes walk away. Please wear a mask when entering the building, and the Function Room is up the stairs from the entrance hall.

Thursday 11th November
7.00 – 9.00 pm
Westfield School, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 4HS
(there may be an alternative venue for 25th Nov, but it will be in the Gosforth area)

Covid-Secure Guidelines

We will continue to run the workshops under our Covid-Secure Guidelines.

  • Do not travel to the venue if you show any symptoms of Covid-19, if you have been in close contact with anyone who has symptoms, if NHS Test & Trace have contacted you and asked you to self-isolate, or if you have returned from abroad and been asked to self-isolate.
  • If possible, take a lateral flow test on the day of the workshop.
  • Wear a mask when entering the building and at all times when not seated. Masks may be removed during the playing, but must be put on again before leaving your seat.
  • Wash or sanitise hands on entering the building.
  • Maintain a safe distance from other people and respect their personal space.
  • No sharing of equipment, so please bring everything you need (including music stands).
  • Bring an extra layer of clothing in case ventilation leaves the room slightly chilly.

We will:

  • Space the chairs out, from each other and from the leaders. Please do not move chairs without checking first.
  • Clean the touch points in the room before the workshop.
  • Provide as much ventilation as possible in the room.
  • Provide masks (in case you have forgotten one) and hand-sanitiser at the door.

By attending an in-person event organised by NEFS, you agree to follow all the Covid-secure Workshop Guidelines, and any further reasonable requests made by the venue, the Tutors or Directors to keep the group safe and all attendees feeling as comfortable as possible.