2023 Block 3 Saturday

2023 Block 3 – Saturday Workshop

This full-day workshop on Saturday 20th May 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.


New tunes:
Please print your own notation if possible.

The Wee Purple Fella (Gary Innes) notation
Audio (mp3)
The Wee Purple Fella (Fast)
The Wee Purple Fella (Slow)

The Wee Purple Fella – zip file

Example recording:
Gary Innes (from the album “How’s the Craic?”)  Spotify link

Champion Clog Hornpipe notation
Audio (mp3)
Champion Clog Hornpipe (Full)
Champion Clog Hornpipe (Steady)

Champion Clog Hornpipe – zip file

Revision tunes:

Sleeper’s Hill (from Richard White) notation
Audio (mp3)
Sleeper’s Hill (Full)
Sleeper’s Hill (Mid)
Sleeper’s Hill (Steady)

Sleeper’s Hill – zip file

Stella’s Trip to Kamloops (Patricia Chafe) notation
Audio (mp3)
Stella’s Trip to Kamloops (Full)

Stella’s Trip to Kamloops – zip file

Example recordings:
Iain MacFarlane:  https://youtu.be/MuNruC5ovic
John McCusker:  https://youtu.be/0GPTcfCXOzA


The session element of the day will include tunes from the Live Teaching repertoire. Here is a list of tunes that we will definitely play, to help you get started:

  • The Lad with the Trousers On
  • Calum’s Waltz
  • Harlequin Air/Bonny Kate
  • Sailor’s Wife/Spirit of the Dance
  • Repeal the Poll Tax

The basic notation of the tunes is available in this document, and you may want the new tune from this block too:

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, 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:



Saturday 20th 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.


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.