Folk Group

  • 08.11.17 - 13.12.17

Join our Autumn series of Folk Group sessions with traditional fiddle star Emma Sweeney and guitarist Paul Cowham. Learn to play Irish folk tunes and styles by ear on any instrument.


This established and informal folk group course focuses on traditional Irish folk with an emphasis on authentic style, ornamentation and embellishment. Taking place over six consecutive Wednesdays, the course is open to competent and returning players of any instrument, including whistle, flute, accordion, harmonica and guitar. If you and your instrument can carry a tune or a chord sequence, then you can play it in these sessions!

The two-hour sessions, that take place in the informal setting of the Picturehouse at Band on the Wall, include support for guitarists, banjo and mandolin players from Paul Cowham, who will give tips on accompanying styles and putting chords to the tunes as they are learned.

There are also possible performance opportunities to play as a group with Emma at one or more local folk sessions. Times and dates to be arranged.

A great way to learn some traditional tunes, improve aural skills and learn about how to play in an authentic Irish style.” – Course participant

This course caters for players of all backgrounds (including jazz, classical, rock, pop and world music). Experience of playing in folk styles is obviously an advantage, although by no means compulsory. Tunes will be learned by ear with supporting resources including audio and notation available online as the course progresses for practice in between classes at home.

If you are not sure about your level or the suitability of your instrument to the course please contact for some guidance.

This course is brought to you by Band on the Wall and produced by Brighter Sound.

Additional Information

Day: Wednesdays

Dates: 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 6, 13 Dec.

Venue: The Picturehouse at Band on the Wall

Times: 7.30-9.30pm