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 – 12 Noon

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

TAoES Scots Song Workshop – 1:00pm

Let Anna MacDonald lead you on a journey through time with Scots Songs of love, deceit, mystery and just down right silliness. You will learn Traditional songs in the Scots tounge learned and passed on through Aural Traditional as well as songs from the illustrious Robert Burns. The sessions are suitable for singers of all levels of ability and experience. There is no requirement to sight-read, as all music will be taught at a pace which allows you to learn songs by ear.
NB – this class, amongst others, can be attended weekly as part of The Association of Exiled Scots Music School. Please fill out our online form at
theassociationofexiledscots.com/music-school

TAoES Scottish Step Dance Workshop 2:00pm

Come and try a tradition originating from Scotland with close ties to Cape Breton. Scottish Stepdancing is close-to-the-floor rhythmic Scottish dancing. In this come and try session with Ainsley Hamill, you will learn key percussive steps as a group, that can be later used as building blocks for your own choreography and style. This class is open to all ages and levels. Come and learn the party trick of a lifetime. For maximum enjoyment, ideally wear hard-soled shoes, brogues or trainers.
NB – this class, amongst others, can be attended weekly as part of The Association of Exiled Scots Music School. Please fill out our online form at
theassociationofexiledscots.com/music-school

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