2023 Block 4 Saturday

2023 Block 4 – Saturday Workshop

Follow-up Materials

From Grace:

Check out Grace’s web site, with a listing of all her Live gigs here:

Of particular note, here in the North East (or viewable online) are the following:

Here’s the new video of the Grace Smith Trio single:

And the Bandcamp pre-order link for the Grace Smith Trio album is here:


New tunes:
Please print your own notation if possible.

The Belltable Waltz (Kieran Hanrahan and Maurice Lennon) notation
Audio (mp3)
The Belltable Waltz

The Belltable Waltz – zip file

Jenny Nettles notation
Audio (mp3)
Jenny Nettles

Jenny Nettles – zip file


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, plus the two new tunes from recent blocks:

Five Tunes/Sets We Will Play!
For those who are newer to our repertoire there are a lot of tunes! Here are five tunes/sets we will definitely play over the weekend, so if you want to look at just a few in advance, these would be a good place to start:

  • Lucy Farr’s Barndance
  • Theme Vannetais (Twiglet) / Polka de l’Aveyron
  • Lad with the Trousers On / Foxhunter’s Jig
  • The Dark Island (Iain McLachlan)
  • L’air mignonne (Simon Riopel)

If you have an old version of the Live Tunes document, please delete it and use this version as the page numbers at the end have changed. If you have a printed copy, you can just reprint pages 12 – 14 (11 – 14 if double sided). It includes the tunes taught in the Live Teaching Zoom calls, plus those session tunes taught when we ran Thursday evening workshops.

If you would like to access the full resources for any of the Live Tunes, including audio files and even the video recordings of the Live Zoom Calls in which they were taught, you can access the Live Teaching page for this block:


2023 Block 4 – Saturday Workshop

This full-day workshop on Saturday 8th July will contain four different teaching sessions with Stewart Hardy and Grace Smith. There will be two mixed-ability tune workshops, technique-focused workshops, and the chance to join in with a tutor-guided session.

Part of the NEFS Summer Workshop Weekend

  • Saturday 8th July – Full day of Fiddle Tune & Technique Workshops
  • Satuday evening informal concert & session, featuring Stewart Hardy & Frank McLaughlin
  • Sunday 9th July – Fiddle Ensemble Day

If you would like to attend the short concert from Stewart and Frank, followed by an music session, we will be at Riding Mill Parish Hall at 7.30 pm on Sat 8th July. Just turn up, all instruments are welcome! Free entry, though donations are encouraged on the door.


Saturday 8th July
9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Wylam Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Wylam NE41 8AA

Please arrive from 9.30 am for a 9.45 am start.

  • 09:30 : Welcome
  • 09:45 : Physical Warm Up
  • 10:00 – 11:15 : 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.