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At the heart of English folk
Gavin Davenport

EFDSS and Bert Jansch Foundation announce new guitar course

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the Bert Jansch Foundation are delighted to announce a brand new workshop, which will be taking place as part of the Winter-Spring season of events at Cecil Sharp House.

Folk singer and guitarist Gavin Davenport will be leading a day of exploration into English folk guitar technique. Topics will include playing effective song accompaniments, introducing open tunings and finding ways into various playing styles from the English folk tradition.

"Open tunings are part of the distinctive sound of English folk guitar, from Davy graham and Martin Carthy to modern folk heroes like Chris Wood and Martin Simpson. This workshop will explore ways into open tunings that will extend your instrumental voice and open up new horizons. Whether you’re new to playing melody on the guitar, would like to explore song and tune accompaniment or simply want to broaden your tonal palette there’s something for you here."
Gavin Davenport

The workshop is supported by the Bert Jansch Foundation, which works to support academic and musical institutions in establishing projects which sustain the creativity and further the education of acoustic musicians.

“The Bert Jansch Foundation is delighted to be supporting this guitar workshop at Cecil Sharp House. EFDSS was very close to Bert's heart, and particularly significant early in his career. This inaugural guitar workshop as part of EFDSS's inspiring education programme will help continue this institution’s importance to aspiring folk guitarists.”
Karen Kidson, Bert Jansch Foundation

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