We split the group for the next two workshops; I took half the group for a class on building repertoire and Tina took the other half for a composition class. The repertoire class involved a talk on the key aspects to successful practice and building repertoire, and I also taught them another Irish tune called ‘The Limerick Lasses’ complete with some Irish ornaments! The aim of the composition class was to show that anyone can write a tune using some simple techniques, and to encourage people to compose. Together, Tina's classes wrote two great tunes over the duration of the workshops.
After the workshops, we set up the hall for the evening concert. On support was fiddler Ryan Young, who played a fantastic set along with Innes Watson on guitar. In the interval we had a raffle, with lots of different prizes, the star prize being a bottle of Botanist gin. A very lucky lady from the workshops was the winner! The concert then continued with G&T, joined by Innes for some of our sets. We mostly played tunes from our new album, HIGH SPIRITS with a couple of older sets thrown in. Tina also danced a step during the last set which went down well!
Thank you to everyone who made the day such a success. A big thanks to Jasmin for all her hard work behind the scenes, Innes Watson on sound and for his playing, Ryan Young for his fantastic set, St Peter’s Church for giving us the use of the hall and to everyone for coming along to the workshops and the concert. We really had a brilliant day and night, and have had great feedback from everyone involved. There will definitely be another G&T day soon!