Song School 2019

The regular tutors from the Wren team are Sarah Owen, Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson and they will be joined by Tim van Eyken.

Tim Van Eyken

Tim is folk singer/actor (War Horse) and he is an advocate for the Linklater Voice technique, an actor’s approach to the natural voice, which Tim applies to singing.Sarah is singer and composer and an Estil vocal practitioner, and Marilyn and Paul are founders of Wren Musicand experienced singers and songwriters taking English folk song to unexpected places.

Each day, tuition is done in a range of settings from large group work, to one-to-one surgeries with the tutors, and many additional small group sessions are developed as the week goes on.
Topics include: finding your strong voice, pitching, building your repertoire, understanding traditional songs and singers, accompaniments, overcoming nerves and so on . . .

The week is suitable for first time singers through to professionals – and the emphasis is on learner led activities, one-to-one and/or small group working with individual tutors and peer support.

Held at Wren Music’s headquarters Ebenezer Hall, a converted chapel in the delightful moorland town of Okehampton. You can find accommodation to fit most pockets, with hotels and guest houses, and YHA, and there are spaces for camping/camper vans at the Youth Hostel.

Price: £300 plus an option on a £30 Baring-Gould Folk Weekend ticket (25th to 27th October) Please note you can order a Discount Folk Weekend Ticket with your song school ticket using the button below


or send a cheque to:
Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AR

For more details contact: Marilyn Tucker Artistic Director/CEO
Tel: 01837 53754

Weekend Programme 2019

Baring-Gould Folk Weekend 2019 Draft Programme (correct at time of publication and may be subject to change)

Weekend Tickets: £50 (buy three get fourth FREE!)

The only events available in advance Harvest Home: £20.00 (or £8.00 supplement with weekend ticket) and the Friday Welcome Concert (can be upgraded on Friday for a weekend ticket for £40)

Friday 25th October

7.00pm to 9.00pm: Welcome Concert
MC: Jon Dyer
Bill Murray
Sarah Owen
James Findlay
Chris Foster & Bara Grimsdottir
Charter Hall £12.00
9.15pm to 11.00pm Friday Folk Club
MC: Matt Norman
Festival artists
featuring Janet Russell
Sign up for Floor spots
Church Hall £6.00

Saturday 26th October

10.00am to 12 noon Folk Dance displays Dandari from Latvia Red Lion Yard
St James Chapel
10.00am to 12.00pm Festival Orchestra: Rehearsal 1 of 2 Leader: Becki Driscoll Charter Hall £10.00
10.00am to 12.00 noon Festival Choir Rehearsal Leader: Janet Russell Ebenezer Hall £10.00
10.00am to 12.00 noon Festival Coffee Morning Featuring folk classics on piano by Matt Norman Church Hall FREE
10.00am to 11.30am Hands on instruments workshop for all ages Jon Dyer, Lauren Ward Okehampton Library North Street FREE
11.00am to 12.00 noon Coffee & Guitars Chris Foster Coffee & Bean Music Shop The Arcade Collection
12 noon to 2.00pm Folk Cafe: lunches available Supportive Tunes led by Lauren Ward Charter Hall Collection
12 noon to 2.00pm Music Session Malcolm Woods Pub tbc Collection
1.30pm to 2.30pm Sardinian Singing Workshop Sos Cantores with Paul Wilson and Geoff Norman Church Hall £6.00
2.30pm to 3.30pm Learn an Icelandic Song Bara Grimsdottir Church Hall £6.00
2.30pm to 3.30pm Latvian Dance Workshop Dandari Charter Hall £6.00
2.30pm to 3.30pm Modern Day folk song collecting Bill Murray and Malcolm Woods
recording a CD with Wren Music
Ebenezer Hall £6.00
4.00pm to 5.30pm Concert Sos Cantores de Galtelli
ß Chris Foster & Bara Grimsdottir
Church Hall £10.00
4.30pm to 5.00pm An Hour with . . . James Findlay Ebenezer Hall
6.00pm to 9.00pm Harvest Home
A concert with dinner courses served between
First Half: MC Matt Norman:
Dandari, Jon Dyer, Janet Russell
Second Half: MC Jon Dyer:
Sos Cantores,
Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson,
Matt Norman
Post script: Dandari
Charter Hall £20.00
£8.00 food ticket if bought with weekend ticket
9.15 to 11.00pm Saturday Folk Club MC: Marilyn Tucker Jim Causley Festival Artists Floor spots Church Hall £6.00
9.30pm to 10.30pm An hour with Matt Norman and Paul Wilson:
How Boogie Woogie piano influenced my playing
Charter Hall £6.00

Sunday 27th October

10.00am to 12 noon Festival Orchestra Rehearsal Leader: Becki Driscoll With members of Dandari Charter Hall £10.00
10.00am to 12 noon Festival Choir Rehearsal Leader: Janet Russell Church Hall £10.00
10.30am to 11.30am An Hour with . . . Chris Foster, Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson: 20 years of the Baring-Gould Folk Festival Ebenezer Hall £6.00
11.00am to 12noon Church Service Featuring Sos Cantores All Saints Church Church Collection
11.30am to 12.30pm All About Widecombe Fair Todd Gray talks about his book ‘Old Uncle Tom Cobley and All’ Dogberry & Finch Bookshop, St James Street Collection
12 noon to 1.30pm Tunes and Conker Championship heats Lunch available Malcolm Woods Church Hall Collection
1.30pm to 3.00pm Concert: Singing Spectacular Sardinian Singing Workshop Festival Choir Wren Roots Ensemble with Jon Dyer Sos Tenores de Galtelli Charter Hall £10
2.00pm to 3.00pm Concert Matt Norman James Findlay Church Hall £6.00
3.00pm to 4.00pm Concert: Devon People and Places: Songs from the Baring-Gould Collection Jim Causley Marilyn Tucker Paul Wilson Church Hall £6.00
3.30pm to 5.00pm Latvian Music & dance event Festival Orchestra: leader Becki Driscoll
Dandari: Show dances
Latvian Dance workshop participants
Charter Hall £8.00
4.00pm to 4.45pm Concert Solarference Church Hall £6.00
5.00pm to 6.00pm Chords & Casseroles Gentle tunes with Lauren Ward.
Food available
Charter Hall Collection
5.30pm to 7.00pm Choruses & Casseroles Including the conker final Rousing songs and lots of joining in with
Bill Murray,James Findlay, Janet Russell and Paul Wilson
Church Hall Collection
7.00pm to 9.45pm Farewell Concert MCs: Matt Norman and Marilyn Tucker
Festival Guests say good bye for another year
Charter Hall £12.00
10.00pm to 11.00pm Festival Wind down Informal tunes and a chance to say farewell over one last ale and/or cake Charter Hall Free

Download a PDF Of the programme below