2024 Block 3 Saturday

2024 Block 3 – Saturday Workshop

This full-day workshop on Saturday 11th May with Stewart Hardy and Chris Meredith will contain four different teaching sessions containing in-depth, high-quality fiddle tuition. There will be three mixed-ability workshops and the chance to join in with a tutor-guided session.


Advance Materials

These are the resources for the Saturday Workshop for you to have a listen to the tunes and print or save the notation. If you are able to print the pdf if you like to use a paper copy, that is very helpful – we will have a few spares with us if you aren’t able to print and don’t wish to use the electronic version.

The Bellingham Boat – Notation (pdf)

Audio (mp3)

The Bellingham Boat – zip file

Hardiman the Fiddler – Notation (pdf)

Audio (mp3)

Variation: Hardiman the Fiddler in 11/8

Hardiman the Fiddler – zip file


The session element of the day will include tunes from our Live Teaching repertoire. If you have previous versions printed, you may only need the end pages from each, and you can choose the bowed or non-bowed version, you don’t need both. The Tune Sets document has the tunes that we play together on the same page.

April 2024 updates: minor formatting edits to Live Tunes and Live Tunes Bowed; new set added to Live Tune Sets.

Tunes we will play

In order to help focus just a little bit, we will definitely include the following tunes in the session. So if you are new to our repertoire, these would be a good place to start:

  • Josefin’s Dopvals (Roger Tallroth): Live Tunes – page 17
  • Repeal the Poll Tax (Sandy Mathers): Live Tunes – page 14
  • L’Air Mignonne (Simon Riopel): Live Tunes – page 6
  • Fallowfield March (Rob Say) / Andrew’s March (John Dagg): Live Tune Sets – page 13
  • Sailor’s Wife / Spirit of the Dance: Live Tune Sets – page 6

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 have access the Live Teaching page for this block:



Saturday 11th May
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. If you feel at all unwell, we ask that you take a lateral flow test before travelling, and do not attend if you get a positive result or think your illness might be contagious. 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.