MARTIN SIMPSON ONLINE WORKSHOP SAT 17TH APRIL 2021, 10AM-5PM with breaks.
In 2020’s Covid lockdown, we took a ‘ﬂying by the seat of our pants’ approach, moving Martin’s weekend, residential workshop online and were delighted with how it went. We ran two as the ﬁrst was over subscribed and a huge success. A few people even came to both, which was fantastic.
There are some real positives that we found with the online format. Firstly, it’s covid-safe and it’s so much more possible for so many people – it’s much cheaper with no travel, hotel rooms etc; people from all over the world can attend (and many do!); the two camera shoot brings it all closer; attendees can play along, (on mute), with Martin; the online format removes many barriers for those who may struggle with the in- person format, plus you have the MC who can ask questions for you if you would prefer it. We got such great feedback, some of which you can see at the end and we are always happy to answer questions in advance.
The day will run with Martin playing, singing and describing the techniques he uses, plus the thought behind the arrangements and the reasons for the tunings involved. There will be a focus on material from ‘The Bramble Briar’, with many transcriptions from it being sent out in advance to all participants. There will also be the chance to revisit some other classic Martin Simpson pieces and we would love you to contribute questions beforehand as well as during the day. Martin will respond live, talking about the things he loves best – guitars, songs and even banjos…
Our friend, Steve Faulkner, will be socially distanced in the room with Martin, directing a variety of camera angles and shots, to get a clearer look at ﬁnger-picking styles and hand positions, whilst questions and comments will be facilitated by MC Jo Freya, a ﬁne multi-instrumentalist, singer and workshop leader herself.
The workshop fee is £125.00 per person, with the added bonus of access to 5 free tab sheets from Martin’s back catalogue in addition to the 7 hours of unlimited access to Martin’s brain and Bramble Briar tabs.
We hope that we can return to an in-person weekend workshop soon, but in the meantime we are really excited to be online and beneﬁt from the possibilities we have found that it brings.
If you would like to reserve a place or want any more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Places will be limited in order to ensure that each participant gets as full and valuable experience as possible from the event.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Feedback from 2020’s workshop
“What can I say? Thank you all for a wonderful workshop. Martin is an excellent tutor, I came away with so much useful information and understanding of open tuning …” Ian, UK