This year we will be hosting a range of interesting and diverse workshops throughout the day so please come along and join in, all levels welcome!

Jo May – Spoons Workshop 11:30am

We are pleased that outstanding percussionist Jo May will be returning to the London Folk Festival for the fourth time to host one of her popular and in demand Spoons workshops, please arrive promptly to join in.

Jo has a particular passion for spoon playing and is keen to pass it on to others!

Jo provides an assortment of metal, wooden, plastic and joined-up spoons (for younger participants) and she teaches a variety of techniques and rhythms, often incorporating songs and body percussion too.

We are planning a full schedule of workshops – watch this space for more details.

Jacquelyn Hynes – Flutes Workshops – 3:00pm

Jacquelyn is Flute and Folk lecturer at Morley College, Flute and Whistle tutor at the Irish Cultural Centre; Folk Whistle Tutor at EFDSS and has been a guest lecturer in Folk for the Institute for Contemporary Music Performance in London. She has taught workshops and short courses at the Wigmore Hall, The Irish Embassy, Oxford University, Cambridge Music Trust, and Munster Music Academy, Ireland.

A fun and friendly workshop for beginners. Please bring a D whistle or you can buy one from the tutor at a discounted rate of £6 (normally £8). Learn about fingering, technique, different tune-types – jigs, reels, hornpipes and polkas, and learn
an beginner jig.

Steph West – Harps Workshops 12:30pm & 6:00pm

We are very pleased that Steph has agreed to return this year and again will be running two Harp Workshops, numbers for these two workshops will be limited so please sign up for them on your arrival at the festival.

Steph teaches both a classical approach to lever harp (including ABRSM exams) as well as the traditional harpers skill set – working by ear, arrangement, improvisation and composition. With a grounding in both folk and classical traditions, Steph tailors her teaching methods to suit each student and enjoys working with all ages. While learning any instrument is challenging, it can also be great fun, and Steph constantly looks for new ways to make that journey more enjoyable.

Kim Lowings – Songwriting Workshop

The relationship between folksong and storytelling – A songwriting workshop with Kim Lowings

Join folk singer and songwriter Kim Lowings to explore the close connection between traditional songs, their construction as stories and their relevance in a contemporary context. Investigate writing techniques and storytelling methodologies to enhance songwriting and provide inspiration.

Lady Maisery – Harmony Singing Workshop

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice.

Lady Maisery will be leading a harmony singing workshop in the afternoon before they headline the evening concert.

Please note that space for each of these workshops is limited, in some case subject to the number of instruments available.