Bampton Folk Club has introduced a new twice-monthly session for players and learners of tunes. Based roughly around the SlowPlayer concept of collaborative and “no player left behind” learning, we learn a new tune, and in the session, play it slowly to get every one playing together and setting that all important muscle memory, then steadily build tempo and have lots of fun. It’s the best way to learn by far! Once we’re all playing the new tune we’ll reprise earlier tunes, hear new tunes which could be included in the repertoire and play for the practise and joy of it.
The session is open to all who wish to learn or play on whatever instrument you have. Ideally players should know their instrument well enough to find all the notes with a degree of accuracy and have the desire to learn from the whole breadth of dance tunes, airs and song melodies from around the globe. Experienced players looking for inspiration for new tunes or who fancy teaching a tune or two or just want an evening of playing are more than welcome!
We’ve tested the concept over the past few months to make sure that we can ensure that players come away having learned new material and learn the skills of playing in session and most importantly have fun. We can confirm that the concept works for all three aspects.
Accompanists are, of course, welcome but should be mindful that the session is primarily focussed on building confidence and expanding repertoire of the melody players.
Sessions are twice-monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month starting this Tuesday, 28th September in The Barn, aka the Function Room behind the Morris Clown pub in Bampton.
Further details including previous tunes and sheet music can be found here: http://www.bamptonfolkclub.org.uk/bampton-folk-club-tunes-tuesdays-session/
For anyone thinking of coming to the session on the 28th, we’ll concentrate on Parson’s Farewell, Goddesses and Knees Up In Hanoi. If you have the time, it’s worth at least familiarising yourself with the tunes. Of course, having a look at all of them would be great!
Another lockdown, no chance of playing together in the pub, a postman from Airdie hits the big time thanks to a recording of a shanty on TikTok taking the world by storm. What can you do?
Well, you can figure out how to record collaboratively and remotely, you can figure out how video editing works and you can…
..do The Wellerman!
Bampton Folk Club is delighted to be supporting Bampton’s Annual Donkey Derby organised by The Society for the Preservation of Ancient Junketing (SPAJERS) raising money for the older residents of the village.
We will be on the field all day, right next to the Beer Tent of course, providing musical entertainment between races. Come and say hello and find out what we’re all about!
Bampton Folk Club is incredibly proud and utterly delighted to announce the very first spin-out band from the club: The Beamdunes! Several founder and regular players with the club have been performing in local pubs over the past few months under the banner of Bampton Folk Club to a flood of positive feedback and great online reviews.
The decision to form The Beamdunes was an entirely natural and logical one to ensure the continuity of Bampton Folk Club and to further the gigging ambitions of the members of The Beamdunes. The (now) Beamdunes had concerns that with more gigs (and even a festival!) on the horizon the Club would begin to be seen not so much as a folk club but as a band which might inhibit occasional players from joining us on our Sunday night sessions at The Romany Inn.
So Bampton Folk Club remains exactly that, the friendly, inclusive Sunday get together to play, sing and learn folk songs and marvel at some of the more tangential departures from the folk genre! But best of all, to a man and to a lady, The Beamdunes are fundamentally committed to the continuing success of Bampton Folk Club and will continue to form the regular core of our sessions – quite simply the best of both worlds. Bampton Folk Club continues with increasingly seasoned (and often marinated) musicians at it’s heart and The Beamdunes benefit from the club and occasional players’ influence introducing new styles, songs, tunes and inspiration.
Particularly with “home turf” gigs at The Romany, The Beamdunes are also committed to giving club musicians a friendly and supportive environment to make their stage debuts as guest players, after all a significant number of The Beamdunes made their performance debuts with the Club at The Romany in October of 2017 with the A Cappella opener, “South Australia”, an impressive way to earn your stripes!
Please take the time to follow The Beamdunes on the social media networks of your choice and lend them the fabulous support you’ve shown while gigging under the Bampton Folk Club banner; same people, same musical influences, same barnstorming bouzouki and banjo jigs and reels, now with a shiny new name and logo!
From all of us at Bampton Folk Club, we wish a very happy, prosperous and musical 2018 to everyone who has supported us over the past six months: visiting musicians at our sessions; everyone who’s been to see us gig; our long suffering families (many members of which don’t even like folk music – you know who you are…); Mike and Glenys for hosting our Sunday Session at The Romany Inn; and all the villagers who have offered helpful advice and constructive criticism.
Come and see us in 2018 at The Romany on Sundays and look out for our gigs on here, our Facebook page and the Folk In Oxford website.
One last, chilled out, turkey-filled session of the year because… just because!
Romany Inn from 7:00pm until we’ve had enough.
Some risk of residual Christmas songs, jumpers and hats.
We’re all very excited to be heading for Brize Norton on Saturday 16th December 2017 to play at The Chequers Inn, the home of outstanding Sunday carvery!
Does three Bampton gigs and one Brize Norton count as a tour?
Pinch, Punch, first of the month…
And with the first of the month comes our first gig of the festive period supporting the Bampton Garden Plants Christmas Shopping evening. https://www.facebook.com/events/1750552531913335/
Then Saturday of next week, it’s a full set in the Barn (aka the Function Room) of The Morris Clown. https://www.facebook.com/events/158327791431902/
And to round things off it’s off to Brize Norton and The Chequers Inn on the Saturday following that! https://www.facebook.com/events/297152667449726/
Sunday sessions at The Romany will still be happening on 3rd and 10th December too. We’re not sure about the 17th yet but that will be it until we’re back on 7th January next year.
You’ll start to see these posters going up around the village and surrounding areas. We’re all just a little bit excited to be getting our thing on in “The Barn” aka the function room at the back of The Morris Clown. the set list is set, rehearsals underway…
Our slot at the Bampton Garden Plants Christmas Shopping Evening has been changed to 8:00pm. That shouldn’t deter you from coming earlier though as the other acts are a fabulous Bampton School Choir and a Silver Band playing all sorts of Christmas classics.
See you there!