Wind & Strings Folk Workshop Day

For any woodwind instrument, and bowed & plucked melody string instruments

DATE:             Saturday 7th May 2022            

TIME:              10.00am - 4.30pm  

WHERE:           The Locks Inn, Geldeston, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 0HW

TUTORS:          John Dipper (, Vicki Swan (

Fun, friendly and welcoming workshops for woodwind and string players, led by experienced professional musicians John Dipper (strings) and Vicki Swan (wind). The day offers an inspirational mix of tutored small group learning and mixed strings/wind playing together. 

  • Tunes and harmonies/accompaniments learnt by ear, with sheet music available.
  • Learn how to work out harmonies/accompaniments to enrich and enhance your favourite tunes.
  • Boost your playing confidence and technique, explore British and Swedish folk tunes.

BOOKING A PLACE: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.              Cost per person: £30 Limited number of places.

Sorry, but this workshop day is not suitable for beginner instrumentalists, or guitars


The Locks Inn is a delightfully tranquil and traditional riverside pub that is well known for its music nights and community events. Boats can be moored alongside. It began life as a mill-keepers cottage and has been an inn since the 17th century. It became a community owned pub in 2021.


  • 9.30 - 10.00                 Arrival and Registration/Coffee 
  • 10.00 - 11.30               1st Instrumental Workshop    (wind & strings in separate rooms)
  • 11.30 -11:45                Tea/Coffee Break
  • 11:45 -1 2:30               2nd Workshop - wind & strings together
  • 12.30-1.30                  LUNCH 
  • 1.30 - 3.00                   3rd Instrumental Workshop (wind & strings in separate rooms)
  • 3.00 – 3:15                  Tea/Coffee Break
  • 3:15 - 4.30                   4th Workshop - wind & strings together

 Evening playing session at The Locks Inn- open to workshop participants and local musicians & singers. Flexible start/finish time


  • East Anglian Traditional Music Trust                             
  • Terry Mann (maker of early & folk woodwind)            
  • Rod Ward (maker of traditional fiddles)                      

The pub will be open to the general public all day/evening serving food and drink as normal. There are tables inside and outside with views of the river. The menu will be available nearer the time and include vegan and vegetarian options. We wish to support The Locks Inn in its’ new role as a community pub, so if you prefer to bring your own food it should not be eaten on the pub premises. 

The postcode is NR34 0HW. There is a map/directions on
Geldeston is a village in Norfolk. The villages of Kirby Cane, Ellingham and Gillingham are close by. 

CAR: From Geldeston take Station Road south out of the village, and then turn left down Lock's Lane. This is a long lane that will take you down to the Inn, which lies alongside the River Waveney. Parking available.

PARKING: Disabled parking spaces are available outside the pub. A bigger car park is available just before the pub, about 2 minutes walk away.

TRAIN: Nearest station is Beccles on the Ipswich/Lowestoft (East Suffolk) line. Beccles railway station is approx 3 miles to Geldeston village. The bus service to Geldeston village is limited so a taxi is advised. Local local taxi firms include: Goldline 01502 711611, Kim’s Kabs 01502 712213, Waveney Taxis 01502 733733.

BUS: Although regular buses run to Beccles from Diss, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Norwich, the bus service from Beccles to Geldeston village (Simmonds bus 581) is limited, so a taxi from Beccles is advised. 

BOAT or CANOE: For something different, why not consider a river journey?
You can hire boats and canoes in Beccles and sail up the river to the The Locks Inn (
The bigdogferry runs between the The Locks Inn and Beccles Lido. Contact


  • The Three Rivers Campsite (motorhomes, campervans, tents etc) approx 10 mins walk from the Locks Inn and adjacent to the river.
  • Rowan Craft Marina includes a campsite by the river Waveney in Geldeston.

Beccles: has hotels and B&B. Hippersons Boatyard on the edge of the town has self-catering pods and houseboats and is approx 10 minutes drive to Geldeston village.

Wind Strings

Mardles Box and Fiddle Morris Workshop

Box Fiddle


To book a place at this workshop, contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 The Tutors

John Kirkpatrick MBE 

There can be few Morris dancers who have not heard of John Kirkpatrick; but just in case, these notes may ring a few bells. John is our tutor for the “boxes” workshop.

His contribution to folk music was nationally recognised in the 2021 New Year Honours when he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). John’s particular role in popularising and promoting the music of the Morris has been a central part of this contribution and dates back to, at least, 1959 when he joined Hammersmith Morris Men.

In 1973 he moved to Shropshire and founded the Border Morris side Shropshire Bedlams and his then wife, Sue Harris, formed Martha Roden’s Tuppenny Dish. Both sides devised their own individual dances, based on traditional forms and often danced alongside each other; they are now approaching their 50th year and John continues to play for them.

John has recorded more than 40 albums including Morris On and Plain Capers (with Martin Carthy and others). His music has a strong connection with Cotswold Morris in particular but his recordings include a huge range of other traditional English tunes as well as original music, particularly his arrangements for the National Theatre’s production of Lark Rise to Candleford.

John has played and recorded with musicians such as Ashley Hutchings, Martin Carthy, Sue Harris, John Tams, Richard Thompson and in bands such as Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey and the Albion Band. He has produced one of the only teaching DVDs for English (D/G) melodeon as well as his 2003 book of traditional tunes, English Choice, with two accompanying CDs. He tours regularly and has often played in East Anglia.

 Bryony Leech

Bryony Leech is our tutor for the fiddle workshop and was recommended by John Kirkpatrick who was aware of her playing at the Sidmouth Folk Festivals

Bryony plays the fiddle for Cotswold Morris side Mad Jacks Morris from Hastings. They were formed in 1976 and have a men’s and women’s side and are an important part of the big Jack in the Green Festival in Hastings.

She is a teacher and came to prominence when she played the fiddle for Rhys and Owain Boorman, identical twins, who won the John Gasson double jig competition at Sidmouth Folk Festival in August 2015; all three are members of Mad Jacks Morris.

Bryony said: “Although I have been to Sidmouth before, I’ve not played in the jig competition, and it was quite an experience. I certainly hadn’t expected to win three medals!”

“Rhys, who choreographed the double jig, said: “Sidmouth is really big in the folk world, and it was fantastic to win the double jig competition. We are really grateful to Bryony for her superb fiddle playing for us.”1

Bryony and Mad Jack dancers Chris Rudd and Rhys Boorman also won another jig competition at Sidmouth in 2018 and she played for Owain who won the solo jig (see the performances at Bryony Leech at Sidmouth Festival 2018 and Bryony Leech at Sidmouth 2015).

Bryony Leech is continuing a folk legacy - her father Keith Leech is the founder of the Jack in the Green Festival and still dances with Mad Jacks. In the past he has taken part in the Sidmouth jig competition himself.

  1. Published: 4th August 2015

Course Materials

John has provided the following music files which are the tunes he will work on. 

John said "I’ve no idea how well known these are these days, so better to assume not everybody knows them.  Shepherds Hey and William and Nancy are obviously Cotswold, and The Big Ship I was thinking we could do in various ways: as a slow dotted hornpipe, suitable for Border style, as a slowish even-time tune suitable for Molly, and as a ranted polka in even time, suitable for North-West".

Bryony will also use these tunes because she feels that "these tunes are great and work perfectly to demonstrate some of the techniques I am planning on teaching in the fiddles section when we break into smaller groups. I am happy to use these tunes rather than sending other ones, it will be easier for people to not have too many different tuned to learn before the workshop". 

The tunes below are synthesised versions and sound a bit like a fiddle rather than the ones on the Morris Ring website which sound like they are played on a piano.

Tune 1 - Sheperds' Hey (Ilmington)

Tune 2 - The Big Ship

Tune 3 - William and Nancy (Bledington)


Sheet Music (click on link)



This interview I did with Tony Hall appears in the current issue of Living Tradition magazine. It's a timely reminder, I'd say of Tony's various creative talents.
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Captain Swing

Simon Haines

In 1979, quite out of the blue, I was asked to join a group of musicians who were working on a folk show. The group was called Poor Man’s Burden and the show was Captain Swing; I was asked to play melodeon as well as read the speeches of William Cobbett.

I joined after the group had had a break from rehearsals, so the music was already arranged. I couldn’t believe my luck. It was a time when I was into folk rock and was a massive fan of the Albion Band. For me, Poor Man’s Burden was like an Albion tribute band.

The group organiser and leader was Phil Manchester, a melodeon / fiddle player who conceived the idea of Captain Swing, wrote all the songs and researched the subject matter.

After the performances, Poor Man’s Burden morphed into The Hooligan Ceilidh Band which turned in Bass Instincts and eventually The Hosepipe Band.

You can listen to the whole show below, but there is a CD available. If you'd like one, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more: Captain Swing


REC COVFollowing interest in the recorder as a folk instrument from two articles on this website, Val Woollard has put together a compilation of tracks on which she has played her various recorders. The first is on the 1986 Bass Instincts album Strippers's Waltz, the last is on the 2017 Rosewood album Rife & Strife & Mirth & Fun.

For any further information about the tunes on this recording or her recorder playing, you can contact Val at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can listen to all the tracks on this recording by clicking the sound file under each track title, but if you'd like a physical CD version of the recording for £5.00 (*P&P incl.), contact Val as above.

For a review of this recording by Dawn Wakefield CLICK HERE




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