Author Topic: John Kirkpatrick's Tuition Weekend in Shropshire - 30/8/2019 - 1/9/2019  (Read 618 times)

John Kirkpatrick

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 Friday 30th August/Saturday 31st August/
Sunday 1st September 2019

British Button Box Workshop
John Kirkpatrick leads a series of workshops for players of the three-row button accordion - the quirky instrument that was taken round the world in the first class hands of Jimmy Shand. The right hand gives you three melodeon (push-pull) rows in B, C, and C#, and the left hand side gives you full accordion basses in the conventional "Stradella" layout, with bass notes and chords that are the same in either direction. 
John will be starting out from his very firm base in Traditional English Folk Music, so the repertoire will be quite different from the Scottish Country Dance Style made famous by Jimmy Shand and his many followers. This weekend is also very instrument specific, and will not be suitable for players of the two-row Irish style of accordion, nor the G/D melodeon, nor the piano accordion.
As well as covering the expected fields of Morris Tunes, Country Dance Tunes, and Folk Songs, John will also be looking at the complexities of playing in all the keys available on this gloriously compact instrument, and exploring swathes of repertoire that may not be immediately associated with the poor old push-pull squeeze-box! Whether you've been playing five minutes or fifty years, this is a great opportunity to come and learn at the feet of one of England's most dedicated and respected musicians.
The Church Barn, Church Lane, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5AF.

The Church Barn is a beautifully restored listed building with all modern facilities, including wheelchair access. It’s at the bottom of the town. Stand in the lych gate of the church, facing up the hill with the church behind you, turn left, take the first turning on the left, opposite The Six Bells, and it’s the first building on the left. The car park is just beyond, also on the left.

Cost of tuition - £180.00.
You can pay any time, but please leave it no later than the middle of August.
BACS – Barclays Bank plc, Ludlow Branch
SQUEEZER – Acct 30474304 – Sort code 20-53-22

The fee includes lunches and tea/coffee/cakes throughout the day.
You will need to arrange and pay for your own bed, breakfast, and evening meals.

For all accommodation in Bishop’s Castle – hotels, B&B, self-catering, glamping or camping – look at ”Where To Stay” here:

Please reserve your place by dropping an email to


Gather Friday lunchtime.

12.00 noon. Access to the Church Barn 

Lunch provided at 1.00 p.m.

2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. First session

6.00 p.m. Explore the eateries of Bishop’s Castle for a ravishing meal

8.00 p.m. Folk Club session - open to the public


10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Second session

Lunch provided at 1.00 p.m.

2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Third session

7.00 p.m. Communal meal in a local pub


10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Fourth session

Lunch provided at 1.00 p.m.

2.00 – 4.00 Final session.



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