Phoenix Folk Ltd
 
 
Hi folks
 
We hope you are all staying safe and well during these unusual times. At Phoenix Folk, we've had a busy six months developing new ways to make music from home, and seeing so many friends, old and new, in our online activities has been a real highlight. We've also been redesigning our website, creating new resource downloads and making plans for more online events and activities. We even managed a few small and socially distanced outdoor tune sessions in the bandstand in Exhibition Park - thanks to those of you who braved the cold weather and took part. 
 
Please read on and do get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions...and keep playing music!
 
Maurice, Marina & Adam
 
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Online Sessions
 
Our twice-weekly tunes sessions on Zoom are continuing to thrive and it's been a pleasure to welcome people from all over the UK as well as Europe and North America. After 25 weeks, we've just expanded our tunebook which now contains over 100 great tunes including many Northumbrian favourites. For anyone new to this format, we work through the tunebook and play the tunes live on fiddle & guitar. We can't hear you, and you only hear the tune leaders, so it's a relaxed way to learn new repertoire and while we all miss the big session sound, it's great to see each other and know that we are still playing together. Sessions take place every Monday and Thursday nights 8.00-9.30pm UK time (Monday nights are at a steady speed) and anyone can just turn up and join in. The tunebook is free to download on our website. We also run a weekly singaroud on Tuesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm.
 
Live and at a distance!
 
We've also been enjoying some technical problem solving and have created a method that allows us to perform and broadcast music together live from multiple locations (with no latency!) We're currently using this method for our Monday night tune sessions.
Virtual Session Videos
 
We've recently added volume 4 to our Virtual Session video collection. These playalong videos, all recorded live and at a distance, each offer between 45 and 65 minutes of tunes played on fiddle & guitar with on-screen sheet music and chords. Available to download for £6.50 each.
 
Virtual session videos
New for October...Virtual Ensemble Video Project
 
We are excited to be launching a new project aimed at bringing our online community of musicians together to create ensemble performances. We provide a resource pack (sheet music, audio & video) and a Zoom rehearsal, you send us a recording of yourself playing along and we'll create an ensemble video collage. Running one month at a time for £7.50, October's tunes are Coilsfield House and Bear Dance/Theme Vannetaise. Anyone is welcome to take part...the main aim is to have fun and play music together! There are different parts to choose from so it's suitable for all levels of abilty. Click below for more details.
 
 
Songwriting
 
Do you write songs? Would you like to learn to write more, better, or different kinds of song? Adam Holden is an experienced songwriter who over the last decade or so, has found ways to practice, learn and improve his songwriting by focusing on particular elements of craft and creativity. Drawing on this experience he will run a participatory workshop for songwriters (up to six people per) who want to share and develop their songs and songwriting skills. Please email adam@phoenixfolk.co.uk for more information about the focus and format for the workshop, or to inquire about 1-1 classes. 
Face to face activities
 
We were sad to put rehesarsals on hold for our new Chamber Folk Ensemble after just a couple of months, alongside our new Gosforth programme and regular classes in Cullercoats. We very much look forward to the time when we can meet and play together again in person. In the meantime, we are running our online programme and we're also holding a monthly refresher on Zoom for Chamber Folk members. We will keep a close eye on the regulations, and face to face activity will resume when it is both safe and permitted.
 
Stories & Music: All Hallows Eve (31st Oct 7.30-9pm)
 
We're delighted to be once again working wtih local storyteller, Sandy Chadwin, to host an evening of dark and macabre tales, songs and tunes. It's taking place (on Zoom) on Saturday 31st October 7.30-9pm. Music will be from from Maurice and Marina's duo, Miggins Fiddle. Tickets are not required, people can pay as they feel or can afford in our tip jar on the night. Joining details are on the link below and do keep an eye out on our website and facebook page for future events.
 
 
All Hallows Eve:
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