Workshops should be booked in advance either online or by contacting The Queen's Hall Box Office in person or calling 0131 668 2019. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Youth Workshops: P3 or above. Please note that in the interests of participants, spectators are not allowed into workshops.

10:00am - 11:30am

A1       West Highland Fiddle Style (Adv)  Iain MacFarlane  SH Workshop Room 1

Iain MacFarlane has always been immersed in Highland music, learning fiddle from his father Charlie and from famed fiddler Donald Riddell. The workshop will focus on the Highland bagpipe and Gaelic song repertoire that is adopted by fiddlers throughout the Highlands and Islands.

Tunes from Iain's workshop

A2       Swedish Tunes (Beg)  Magdalena Eriksson  SH Workshop Room 2

Hailing from a musical family in Northern Sweden, Magdalena Eriksson plays with bands ranging from lush fiddle trio Norr om Stockholm to the explosive young folk-party band Bjäran. She will be sharing the music from her home region and teaching you a little of the Swedish style of playing.
Ian MacFarlane

Magdelena Eriksson

Y1       YOUTH Danish Tunes (Int)  Kristian Bugge  SH Workshop Room 3

From Vejle, Denmark, Kristian Bugge will teach all kinds of traditional Danish folk music: whirling waltzes, happy polkas, groovy jigs, fiery reels and breathless hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes. Mainly taught by ear, participants might want to bring some simple recording equipment.
Kristian-Bugge-1---Photo-Sophie Bech


A3       Orcadian Tunes (Adv)  Jennifer Wrigley  SH Workshop Room 1

One of the leading fiddle players and composers to come out of Scotland in recent years, Jennifer Wrigley is seen as an ambassador for Orkney music, teaching the traditional fiddle style to the highest technical standard. This workshop is perfect for improving technique or general understanding of the fiddle.

A4       Guitar (Int)  Hazel Wrigley  SH Workshop Room 2

Hazel Wrigley is an outstanding guitarist and piano accompanist.  A mostly self-taught player, she was mentored from a young age by Shetland guitarist ‘Peerie Willie Johnson’. With a long waiting list for lessons, this is a rare opportunity to grab some tips and hints from an accompanying master.

Y2       YOUTH Rocking Tunes for Beginners Sophy Ball SH Workshop Room 3

Sophy Ball is a fiddle player of a huge variety of styles, teaching tunes from America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and her native North East of England. An experienced workshop leader and teacher, she recently co-directed the Folkworks’ Youth Summer School and performs with the Bottle Bank Band, Alistair Anderson and the Andy May Trio.

Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley

Sophie Ball

A5      Danish Tunes  (Int/Adv) Kristian Brugge  SH Workshop Room 1

From Vejle, Denmark, Kristian Bugge specialises in musical dialects from around the country, with a vast repertoire including waltzes, polkas, jigs, reels, hopsas, and the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the Island of Fanø.  Expect to learn some good tunes and hear spicy stories about musicians, their lives and ways of partying. Kristian suggests bringing a recording device.

A6      Tunes from the Other North East (Beg) Stewart Hardy SH Workshop Room 2

Stewart gives regular workshops across the UK. For many years he was a core instrumental tutor and lecturer on the Folk Degree at Newcastle University. He also directed Folkworks’ Adult Summer School for three years as well as several award winning European projects for young musicians. He will explore the fiddle traditions of Tyneside and Northumberland.

Kristian-Bugge-1---Photo-Sophie Bech

Stewart Hardy