Music Workshops

The Grant Rule Trust in association with James Kerry Music is planning to launch a series of workshops aimed at encouraging people to discover the delights of playing music together – particularly traditional folk music.

Instruments covered include:  Guitar, melodeon, accordion, ukelele, whistle, recorder. If you have your own instrument, please bring it. If not, we have a limited number of instruments for you to borrow – please complete the attached Instrument Loan Form. Unfortunately, we are unable to loan these instruments on long-term hire. We can cater for other instruments in the “Join In” session if you can bring your own.

Have A Go

This half-day workshop is for people who have never played an instrument but would like to try. Our sympathetic (and patient) tutors will teach you the basics of playing your chosen instrument and give you support and guidance on how to build on the groundwork provided. With an emphasis on fun and confidence-building, the workshop will also introduce you to the delights of playing with others. Participants are encouraged to stay on for the Join In session in the afternoon.

We also welcome the ‘rusty returner’ – maybe you played an instrument at school, but haven’t touched it since. This workshop will help you rekindle your love of music and find ways back into playing for pleasure.

Afternoon Session: Join In

The afternoon workshop will explore the delights and the challenges of playing with others.  workshop will focus on ensemble playing and arranging folk tunes, with an emphasis on fun and confidence-building.

Participants should have a basic ability to play their instrument; however we encourage those attending the beginners session in the morning to stay on and develop their abilities to play with others. All instruments welcome.  – please bring your own as we are unable to supply instruments to play in this session except for those already loaned to participants in the Have A Go workshop.

About the tutors:

James Kerry is a young melodeon player with a passion for traditional music. He regularly performs with alt-folk-rock band Foot Down, The Hilltop Ceilidh Band and as a solo musician at venues, festivals and events nationwide and further afield. He has taught a number of well-received music workshops, including the popular and successful Youth Workshops at Broadstairs Folk Week. James is the festival co-ordinator of the Pigs Ear Folk Ale and the proprietor of James Kerry Music. Although melodeon/diatonic button accordion is his main instrument, he also plays a range of others.

Lyndsey Rule is a talented multi-instrumentalist and deeply immersed in the folk music and rural traditions of Southern England. She played for many years as part of the Pigs Ear folk group, and helped found the Pigs Ear Folk Ale. After successfully completing a Music Masters degree at Newcastle University, she is now pursuing a solo career as well as playing with the Silk Purse folk duo. She is a sympathetic and supportive teacher who is keen to help others discover their hidden talents.


2019 Pigs Ear Folk Ale 
3oth May – 3rd June


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