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Generously sponsored by Acorn Instruments.

Melodeon Playgroup

2nd-4th February 2024

Below is the programme for 2024. The organisers reserve the right to amend this programme if necessary due to unforeseen circumstances.


Friday 2nd February:


16:00 - 18:00.     Informal pub session in the Pewter Room of the Fleece Inn for any early arrivals


20:00 - late.       Pub sessions in the Pewter Room of the Fleece Inn and the (heated) Barn 


Saturday 3rd February:

Absolute Beginners Workshop with Helena: Starting with the basics of how to hold the thing and working up to being able to play a simple tune!


Beginners Workshop with Lester: A selection of simple tunes to work with to enhance your playing skills and techniques


Improvers Workshop with Ian: how to get away from "oom-pah" in general by treating the bass end as effectively a separate instrument, using bass runs and cross-chords (and drones sometimes) -- and on the right hand, how to punch-in extra notes and chords for emphasis, as well as things like playing harmonies and in parallel octaves.


Advanced Workshop with Ian: as per the Improvers (above) but at a more advanced level.

Improvers Workshop with Paul: Some French tunes to introduce an all row-crossing approach together with scales and general approach. Left hand and ornamentation dependant on progress.

Advanced Workshop with Paul: Waltzes and other slow tunes to look at cross-rowing and some 3/2 hornpipes for block chord accompaniment


09.30 - 10:20      Meet and greet, registration in the Fleece Barn

10:30 - 13:00     Workshops in Social Club (Absolute Beginners), Church (Beginners), Village Hall

                            (Improvers) & Barn (Advanced)


13:00 - 14:20      Lunch break - hot and cold food available from the buffet menu of the day


14:30 - 17:00     Workshops in Social Club (Absolute Beginners), Church (Beginners), Village Hall

                            (Improvers) & Barn (Advanced)


17:00 - 18:00      An opportunity to practice tunes, and to try out the instruments on offer from

                           Pete of Acorn Instruments.


19:30 -               Session and further practice in the Pewter Room (1930-2100 - slower pace led by Lester

                          & Helena) and session in the Barn (faster pace led by Nigel & James)



Sunday 4th February:


10:00 - 11:00      Workshop in the Barn - "Learn a Tune" - suited to Beginners and upwards, and

                           Absolute Beginners welcome to have a go!

11:00 - 12:00      Morris dancing from our local side Belle d'Vain who invite you to join the sides'

                            musicians to experience playing for dance.

12:00 - 13:00      Barn available for eating lunch




14:00                  A Sunday afternoon concert in the Barn by the guest tutor Ian Dedic of

                           Hammersmith Morris fame!

                           Please note this will be a separate ticketed event hosted by the Fleece Inn

                                       and is not part of the Melodeon Playgroup event.

                                          Tickets may be purchased directly from the Fleece Inn 

2024 Programme

Friday evening informal session in the

Pewter Room

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