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Workshop – Fiddle Playing for Morris – Sarah Matthews (LIVE on Zoom)

Sunday 14 March 2021, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sarah Matthews

Workshop – Fiddle Playing for Morris – Sarah Matthews

Sarah MatthewsSarah will go through a selection of well known and loved morris dance tunes of different styles and traditions, and talk through some of her thoughts and ideas on how to give life to these ancient pieces.  Ideas to be covered / discussed / developed:

– speed of the tune

– relationship of the music with the dancer(s)

– use of the bow in order to achieve lift, space, energy, drive

– use of ornamentation

– use of double stringing


The Lionel Bacon manuscript will be referenced.

There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Feel free to bring your instrument and play along (while muted), or just watch.

Your host

Sarah Matthews is an experienced fiddle player and tutor, who has been playing for traditional dance of all kinds for around 25 years.

She has also been dancing in a variety of traditional styles for most of her life.  When we can meet and dance regularly, she dances Cotswold Morris with Pecsaetan Morris, Willington Morris and Harlequin Morris.

Find out more about:

– Sarah: www.sarahmatthewsmusic.wordpress.com

– Doug Eunson and Sarah as a duo: www.dougandsarahduo.wordpress.com

– Intarsia with Jo May: www.intarsiafolk.co.uk

– CDs that Sarah has made: www.cothrecords.co.uk

To register

Please complete this online form: Register for the Workshop – Fiddle Playing for Morris – Sarah Matthews; you will receive a confirmation email immediately (check your spam/junk/promotions folder!).  We will send you a Zoom link a couple of days before the event.  Open to all – you don’t have to be a member of a team in The Morris Federation.

Optional Donations

If you enjoy this event, then it would be wonderful if you could give a donation, small or large to an educational bursary being set up in honour of Derbyshire’s Mick Peat for young folk musicians in the area, donate via: paypal.me/sarahmatthewsmusic


Sunday 14 March 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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