2022 Block 2 Saturday

2022 Block 2 – Saturday Workshop

This full-day workshop on Saturday 5th March will contain four different teaching sessions containing the in-depth, high-quality fiddle tuition you have come to expect from Stewart and Melissa. There will be three mixed-ability workshops and the chance to join in with a tutor-guided session.


Here are the materials for the workshop day. Have a listen to the audio files in advance if you can and the worksheets are available below too.

The Sloe notation
Audio (mp3)
The Sloe (Full)
The Sloe (Steady – Bowing)
The Sloe (Steady – Ornaments)

The Sloe – zip file (notation and audio files to download)

Ben Williams of Tiree (John Somerville) notation
Audio (mp3)
Ben Williams of Tiree (Full)
Ben Williams of Tiree (Slow)

Ben Williams of Tiree – zip file (notation and audio files to download)

Revision tune:

Superfly (Kevin O’Neill) notation
Audio (mp3)
Superfly (Full)
Superfly (Steady)

Superfly – zip file (notation and audio files to download)

The session element of the day will include tunes from the Live Teaching repertoire. The basic notation of the tunes is available in this document, which has been updated with the latest Live Teaching tunes :
NEFS Live Tunes – March 2022

If you would like to access the full resources for all of the tunes, and even the video recordings of the Live Zoom Calls in which they were taught, you can head to this page:



Saturday 5th March
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wylam Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Wylam NE41 8AA

Please arrive from 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start.

  • 10:00 – 11:15 : Welcome and Workshop 1
  • 11:15 – 11:45 : Morning break
  • 11:45 – 13:00 : Workshop 2
  • 13:00 – 14:00 : Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:15 : Workshop 3
  • 15:15 – 15:45 : Afternoon break
  • 15:45 – 17:00 : Session

You will need to bring all of your own equipment, including a music stand if you wish to use one.

Lunch is not included, so please bring a packed lunch, or there is a tea shop, a pub and a Spar a couple of minutes walk away. There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Tea and coffee will be provided during the morning and afternoon breaks.


There is a small car park at the Methodist Church, or please park with consideration in the surrounding residential streets. Wylam Station is well connected by train (about 30 mins from Newcastle Central Station or 20 mins from Hexham Station) and is 10-15 mins walk away, or catch the X84 bus from Eldon Square (35 mins via West Road, or 52 mins from Hexham). If you would like a lift from the station, please ask and we will ask around.

COVID-Secure Guidelines

We will run the workshop under our COVID-Secure Guidelines to protect our participants and will continue to encourage mask wearing and lateral flow tests.

  • Do not travel to the venue if you are required to isolate for COVID-19 or if you show any symptoms of COVID-19. Please carefully follow all the guidelines on isolation if you have been exposed.
  • Please take a lateral flow test on the day of the workshop before travelling, and only come if it is negative.
  • Wear a mask when entering the building and at all times when not seated, unless exempt. You may remove your mask to play the fiddle, replacing it 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.