Swanage Folk Festival 2019

Music & Other Workshops

If you have a festival wristband, entry to all the workshops is completely free of charge.

Here you can see the workshops that happened during the 2019 Swanage Folk Festival.


9.45 – 10.30 – Ukulele For Beginners With Chris Pullen
Mowlem Committee Room

Join our local ukulele group and have a go at playing the ukulele. This is a fun group for absolute beginners to get started on the ukulele and has proved to be very popular. It is suitable for all ages but is aimed to help introduce children to playing a musical instrument. Please bring your own ukulele. There will be a few instruments for children to borrow.

10.45 – 11.45 – Ukulele, Let’s Play Together With Chris Pullen
Mowlem Committee Room

Let your inner George Formby out! If so then bring 10 copies of your favourite tune to share and, using basic cords, together we will make it happen. This workshop is for more experienced players to come together and have a fun and enjoyable music making session.

12.00 – 13.00 – Sea Shanty Session With The Wareham Whalers
Mowlem Committee Room

Wareham Whalers have been performing shanties and sea songs for over 15 years. Their style reflects that used on board the sailing ships to accompany the hard work needed to be carried out. During this workshop they will explain the origin and purpose of some of these shanties as well as performing them. You are welcome simply to listen or to join in the rousing choruses.

15.00 – 16.00 – Song Writing With Reg Meuross
Mowlem Committee Room

Described by Mark Radcliffe as a “brilliant singer-songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience,” Reg Meuross writes spellbinding songs of social protest, story songs which bring characters from history to life and comment on life around together with some of the most heart-aching love songs ever written. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level, his words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Join Reg as he explains the craft that lies behind the song.


10.00 – 11.30 – The Folk Orc Instrument Try-out and Song Workshop
Field Marquee

The Folk Orc will be bringing the tools and you will be bringing the enthusiasm. With their 20+ traditional folk instruments they invite you to come and have-a-go. Instruments available to try during the workshop include mandolins, bodhrans, fiddles, banjos and more. You will be shown what to do and you will learn some songs to play. If you have your own instrument and want to come and join in then they welcome you too. You will have the chance to learn a selection of traditional folk songs and play them in the Folk Orc style.

10.30 – 12.00 – Yoga With Elena Cheshankova
Mowlem Committee Room

The festival is pleased to introduce a yoga session into our workshop programme. The workshop will be led by Elena, an experienced local yoga leader, who will lead you through a session of Hatha slow flow yoga for mixed abilities-beginners and those with more yoga experience. Please bring a mat or blanket to the session.

12.30 – 13.30 – Singing With Local Vocal
Mowlem Committee Room

Local Vocal’s is a community choir based in Dorset. It is led by Lesley Whatley and the choir sing totally Acapella and no musical knowledge is required to take part, just enthusiasm. Most of the songs have been personally arranged by Lesley in 4 parts and she teaches everything by ear.

14.00 – 15.00 – West Gallery Music
Mowlem Committee Room

Purbeck Village Quire is a group of singers and instrumentalists who enjoy meeting together to perform ‘West Gallery’ and folk music, much of which was composed by people who lived and worked in the Purbeck villages. A large part of the repertoire consists of music written in celebration of the main seasons of the year; i.e. Christmas and Harvest. Again, this is a session where you can simply sit back and listen to or join in with.

15.30 – 16.30 – Drumming Workshop With Lawrie & Wilma Sandford
Catholic Hall

Lawrie & Wilma have been involved with drum & percussion events since 2008. They currently run a monthly drum circle in Swanage. This workshop requires no previous drumming experience. It’s easy, intuitive, creative and fun and all drums & percussion are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Due to the nature of the workshop the maximum number of participants will need to be limited to 25. You can find them at www.swanagedrum.org.

15.30 – 16.30 – Dowsing With The Dorset Dowsers
Mowlem Committee Room

The Dorset Dowsers group welcomes you to discover how to dowse with pendulums and rods. Dowsing is searching for answers to questions that may be out of our view or knowledge as well at its use for locating water, energy lines and lost articles. So practice your new found skill with our interesting little experiments.