Nigel Gatherer's Old Time Workshops:
BMG Summer School (2008)
The 2008 BMG Summer School was held at Burwell House in Cambridgeshire, and I was asked to do a course on American Old Time Music. Previous workshops had been mandolin-specific, but this time I wanted it open to banjos, guitars and ukuleles too. It all worked out, and a good time was had by all.
Quotes from some of my students:
- "...learnt lots of tunes, listened to recordings, picked up tips, wrinkles and fascinating facts Š oh, had a lot of fun on the way and came home buzzing with renewed enthusiasm and already looking forward to next yearÕs event..."
- "...most of all, I enjoyed the music itself, NigelÕs relaxed approach and his consideration to each of us as individuals..."
- "...it was a revelation for me as after years of messing around with the mandolin it gave me confidence to do the job properly, a great opportunity to meet other players..."
- "...thereÕs always energy and humour with Nigel..."