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!

Jacquelyn Hynes – Whistle Workshop – 12:00 noon

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

Jo May – Spoons Workshop 1:15pm

We are pleased that outstanding percussionist Jo May will be returning to the London Folk Festival for the fifth 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.


Allison Sleator –  Singing Workshop 3:00pm

Singing Workshop

We will learn:
• Vocal technique exercises that will help you sing to your full potential and capacity
• Warm-up vocal exercises
• Folk songs
• Vocal range, dynamics, pitch and timbre
• About putting harmonies into songs and ways of varying the experience and presentation of songs


Hannah James – Clog Workshop 5:00pm

Hannah James has emerged as one of the most imaginative and adventurous artists on the folk scene. First coming to national attention as accordion player and singer with the band Kerfuffle, she was in an acclaimed duo with Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney, is a member of female vocal harmony trio Lady Maisery, and has worked with folk legend Maddy Prior.

Today as well as performing an all too rare solo performance Hannah is leading a clog dance workshop (please note this workshop is aimed at beginners only)