Bampton Folk Club

Bampton Folk Club is an informal gathering of folkies learning, playing and singing anything that could be construed as folk music.  So whether it’s traditional English, Scottish, or Irish or seafaring or country dance tunes, contemporary offerings from the newer folk artists or real oldies…

…if it’s folk, it’s fair game!

We meet weekly, every Sunday from 7:30pm in The Barn at The Morris Clown pub on Bampton's High street for a few of hours of playing probably followed by more re-lubrication of elbows and vocal cords. There are no membership fees or dues or obligations of any kind.

Bampton Folk Club welcomes everyone from seasoned and accomplished musicians to complete beginners and any instruments with the sole purpose of having a great time playing and learning music.  Get in touch via the website (http://www.bamptonfolkclub.org.uk) or simply come along any Sunday.

NEW: BFC Tunes Tuesdays!

NEW from Bampton Folk Club - Tunes Tuesdays!

Bampton Folk Club has introduced a new twice-monthly session for players and learners of tunes. Based roughly around the SlowPlayer concept of collaborative and "no player left behind" learning, we learn a new tune, and in the session, play it slowly to get every one playing together and setting that all important muscle memory, then steadily build tempo and have lots of fun. It's the best way to learn by far! Once we're all playing the new tune we'll reprise earlier tunes, hear new tunes which could be included in the repertoire and play for the practise and joy of it.

The session is open to all who wish to learn or play on whatever instrument you have. Ideally players should know their instrument well enough to find all the notes with a degree of accuracy and have the desire to learn from the whole breadth of dance tunes, airs and song melodies from around the globe. Experienced players looking for inspiration for new tunes or who fancy teaching a tune or two or just want an evening of playing are more than welcome!

We've tested the concept over the past few months to make sure that we can ensure that players come away having learned new material and learn the skills of playing in session and most importantly have fun. We can confirm that the concept works for all three aspects.

Accompanists are, of course, welcome but should be mindful that the session is primarily focussed on building confidence and expanding repertoire of the melody players.

Sessions are twice-monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month starting this Tuesday, 28th September in The Barn, aka the Function Room behind the Morris Clown pub in Bampton.

Further details including previous tunes and sheet music can be found here: http://www.bamptonfolkclub.org.uk/bampton-folk-club-tunes-tuesdays-session/

For anyone thinking of coming to the session on the 28th, we'll concentrate on Parson's Farewell, Goddesses and Knees Up In Hanoi. If you have the time, it's worth at least familiarising yourself with the tunes. Of course, having a look at all of them would be great!

Bampton Folk Gigs

A busy festive period coming up for a recently formed club, hot on the back of back of a very successful first gig in The Romany (resulting in us moving our regular Sunday session there) we have no fewer than three gigs in the run up to Christmas!

 

Firstly lending our support to Bampton Garden Plants' Christmas Shopping Evening on Friday 1st December with our set starting at 9:00pm, perfect time to walk down from the Market Square after the Christmas Lights Switch On to catch our set.

 

Following that, we'll be at The Morris Clown in the function room on Saturday 9th December from 8:00pm for a full length set of our favourites, some new stuff and a few festive treats thrown in!

 

Finally, we'll be breaking out of the village to play at The Chequers at Brize Norton from 8:00pm on Saturday 16th December.

 

Of course, we'll also be in The Romany from 7:00pm for our regular session every Sunday although we'll likely skip Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve!

 

Also look out for another Saturday night gig at The Romany early in the New Year where we'll bring a few new tunes in place of the festive ones.

 

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