American Traditional Music Week with host teachers Beverly Smith and Katie Bradley.
This promises to be an amazing week, with the usual La Fuente attractions of great food, great company, and the lovely Andalusian countryside, and we will be offering our most extensive list of class option ever! The classes will be a little broader in scope than they are in Old-Time weeks. We will offer our familiar selection of fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele and old-time duet singing. Additionally, classes will be held in blues banjo, blues guitar, blues singing, harmonic, and individual singing.
This is an exciting opportunity to work intimately with Beverly Smith, one of the most respected old-time musicians on the scene today. Beverly is well known as a guitarist, fiddler, mandolin player and singer who has had a long career working with an extensive array of the best and most creative of contemporary old-time artists and string bands. Her collaborations include backing up fiddlers Bruce Molsky, Rafe Stefanini, Tara Nevins and Brad Leftwich, singing with Irish musicians Mick Moloney and John Doyle, and with bluegrass great Laurie Lewis, and performing in a duet with Alice Gerrard. She achieved international regard as a part of a highly acclaimed old-time music duet act with Carl Jones. In addition to her extensive ensemble work, she now performs as a solo artist, and has begun bringing her original songs to her performance repertoire.
Beverly’s teaching style is extremely generous and easy-going, and she has developed very effective ways of communicating skills and techniques that make the music accessible to everyone.
Katie Bradley is an award-winning blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player who graces the London blues scene and was named ‘Songwriter of the Year’ at last year’s British Blues Awards. Katie has been collecting rave reviews for her playing and singing since 2012.
“Katie Bradley has become a must-see artist on the British Blues Scene”
Steve Yourglivch – Blues Matters
Also joining the teaching team will be Stu Weetman, a versatile multi-instrumentalist and singer from Reading area, an experienced performer and very friendly, knowledgeable and accessible teacher. Stu will teach blues banjo and blues guitar.
There will, as always, be ample opportunity for socialising and session-ing. A La Fuente“Jug Band” looks likely!
Dates for the week will be September 23rd to September 30th, 2017, and the cost will be £595 not including travel, but including everything else you will require–shared all meals, tuition, use of all facilities.
A £100 deposit (non returnable) will secure your place on the week.
Download and return an enrolment form to secure a place.
“For those of you who haven’t had the ‘La Fuente Experience’ “, says Stu Weetman, “you are in for a treat. I attended my first Old Time music week there a while back, and haven’t missed one since. The 2017 Old Time Music week will be my 4th, and the American Traditions week will be as much of a blast, if not more!”