Virtual Winter Workout Events

Welcome to the first NEFS Virtual Winter Workout!

Thank you for signing up to our Virtual Winter Workout. We are looking forward to an exciting day on Zoom filled with a fiddle practice session, live workshops, informal chats with the tutors, and an evening session with guest spots from the tutors. There are plenty of breaks, and you can dip in and out of the workshops as you please. All workshops will be recorded and available on YouTube after the event.

Please find below the Zoom call details for the weekend, and the timetable. When the advance materials for the workshops are available they will be linked from the Timetable below.


For each event, click on the title link within the Timetable to visit a separate page, where the full resources (audio files and notation) for each workshop/session can be found.

To quickly download all of the notation for the weekend, you can use these links:

Zoom Call Recordings

Links to the Zoom Call Recordings on YouTube will be available from each individual Event web page when they are available – use the links in the table below. Please do not share the recordings or any links. All the videos are also available on a single YouTube Playlist which is available here:


Friday 6th January

19:20Log in and Zoom check
19:30 – 21:00Play Along Session in Harmony – with Stewart
Notation of tunes with harmony and chord suggestions is provided in advance, along with audio files. Tunes will
be played steadily.

Saturday 7th January

09:30Welcome and Zoom check
09:45 – 10:00Physical Warm Up
A seated warm-up designed for fiddle players by a physiotherapist, to get us ready for a day’s playing.
10:00 – 10:30Fiddle Practice – with Stewart
Get warmed up for the workshops and learn techniques for effective practice.
11:00 – 12:15Live Workshop 1 – with Kevin
Uhrovec 193
A quirky, dark and wonderful traditional Polska from an old Slovakian collection. The tune is in the gritty key of G minor and has a slightly classical sound. Great for loosening up the left hand and learning a tune unknown on the folk circuit.
12:15Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:15Technical Breakout
Our tutors will present short tips or demonstrations as an introduction to particular techniques.
14:30 – 15:45Live Workshop 2 – with Grace
Jackson’s Racehorse
A lovely little traditional jig, which will make a great addition to your repertoire.
16:15 – 17:00Talking Heads
Stewart will interview our Guest Tutors, Kevin and Grace.
17:30 – 18:00Big Tune – Live Workshop – with Stewart
Our Big Tune will be Rob Say’s wonderfully catchy creation, The Fallowfield March. This is being embraced by a number of Northumbrian sessions – it’s an earworm, it’s wonderfully memorable and it is very accessible.
Go through the Big Tune in person with Stewart. Full and detailed teaching is available in the form of a Video Tutorial.
18:00Dinner Break
20:00 – 22:00VWW Session with Tutor Spots
Join in and play-along with each of our tutors in turn as they lead some of their favourite session tunes (notation provided in advance).
Then sit back and listen as they perform a few tunes for us to enjoy.

Here is a pdf version of the timetable to view or download:

VWW Big Tune

Learn our Big Tune! Use the video tutorial along with the notation to learn the Big Tune in advance. There will also be the chance to attend a live workshop at 17:30 to recap, and we will play it together during the Session.

In advance…Learn the Big Tune – notation, audio and a video tutorial are provided in advance
17:30 – 18:00
Live Workshop – with Stewart. Recap the basics of the tune in a short Zoom workshop with Stewart.
20:00 – 22:00
VWW Session – the Big Tune will be included in the session so we can all play it together.

VWW Video Tutorial

VWW Exclusive! Our lovely tutor, Melissa, has provided this video tutorial on a gorgeous tune, Loch Katrine’s Lady by Phil Cunningham. Enjoy!

At your convenienceVWW Video TutorialLoch Katrine’s Lady (Phil Cunningham). Video Tutorial by Melissa Whitehead.

All the Zoom workshops will be recorded and available for one month after the VWW so you can rewatch these to go over any points.

Zoom Tips (pdf) – get the best out of fiddle workshops on Zoom.