2023 Block 5 Saturday

2023 Block 5 – Saturday Workshop

This full-day workshop on Saturday 14th October 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.


Advance Materials

The Swan LK243 (Catriona McKay) notation
Audio (mp3)
The Swan LK243 (Full)

The Swan LK243 – zip file

Catriona McKay – More Recent Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E1Xe95m5a0
Catriona McKay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4LDuWGj4BE
With Fiddler’s Bid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lYiQ2Nxox8

The Hole of Horcum (Jerry Simon) notation
Audio (mp3)
The Hole of Horcum (Full)
The Hole of Horcum (Steady)

The Hole of Horcum – zip file


The session element of the day will include tunes from the Live Teaching repertoire. Here are some of the core tunes we might play, and the most recent Live Tunes document. There is a new document for the tunes to July but with the bowings, and there is a new document for our Tune Sets, with the tunes we play together on the same page. Plus you might want the two new Live Tunes from this block Check back nearer the time for any updates.

  • Mona’s Delight / Jacob
  • Mazurka Limousin
  • Maison de Glace
  • Memories of Father Angus MacDonnell

Live Tunes from Block 5:

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



Saturday 14th October
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 : 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 (please advise us of any dietary requirements).


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.