2023 Block 1 Saturday

2023 Block 1 – Saturday Workshop

This full-day workshop on Saturday 11th Feburary 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.


Materials for our new tunes will be available here when they are ready.

Tha Mi Tinn Leis A’Ghaol notation
Audio (mp3)
Tha Mi Tinn Leis A’Ghaol (air)

Tha Mi Tinn Leis A’Ghaol – zip file (notation and audio files to download)

Example recordings:
Lauren MacColl:  https://youtu.be/rlnxJJClWq8
Sarah-Jane Summers:  https://youtu.be/br5LwEPF7OY

Robertson’s Reel (Tom Anderson) notation
Audio (mp3)
Robertson’s Reel (Full)
Robertson’s Reel (Mid – ornaments)
Robertson’s Reel (Steady – bowing)

Robertson’s Reel – zip file (notation and audio files to download)

Revision tunes:

Ookpik Waltz (Frankie Rodgers) notation
Audio (mp3)
Ookpik Waltz (Full)
Ookpik Waltz (Steady)

Ookpik Waltz – zip file (notation and audio files to download)

** UPDATE **
Melissa’s revision tune for Saturday will be The Headlands not Earl’s Chair as previously published – apologies for my mistake.

The Headlands (Ronnie Cooper) notation
Audio (mp3)
The Headlands (Full)
The Headlands (Slow)

The Headlands – 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:
NEFS Live Tunes – December 2022
plus, we might play these from the current block:
London Hornpipe
The Sailor’s Wife

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 access the Live Teaching page:



Saturday 11th February
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 with care and consideration for all. We strongly recommend mask wearing in crowded indoor spaces, and ask that you take a lateral flow test before travelling, and do not attend if you get a positive result or feel unwell. Please continue to wash or sanitise your hands regularly and thoroughly, maintain a safe distance and bring an extra layer of clothing in case ventilation leaves the room slightly chilly.

By attending an in-person event organised by NEFS, you agree to follow any COVID-secure Workshop Guidelines in place, 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.