Roger Watson, New Songs for Old Workshop, Lewes Saturday Folk Club


Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DJ

Tel: 01273 476757

Folk Musician Roger Watson


Lewes Saturday Folk Club Workshop No 308 - ROGER WATSON: NEW SONGS FOR OLD WORKSHOP

Roger Watson has more than four decades of national and international folk music experience as a musician, singer, songwriter and dance caller best known for his work with Muckram Wakes and the New Victory Band from 1971 – 81.  He was also responsible for Melodeon and Concertina Tutors - a series of books first published in 1980 (still selling!).

He founded the folk development organisation Traditional Arts Projects (TAPS), which was dedicated to valuing and continuing the developmental process of tradition as part of its preservation.

The workshop will cover an examination of how different versions of traditional songs may have come about and how songwriters with a knowledge of old songs can make their own personal and contemporary versions, and create new songs using elements of traditional ones.

Saturday 13th. July 2024 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £45 (2 under-25s £22) Email to reserve a place, pay cash on the day. Elephant & Castle White Hill Lewes BN7 2DJ . IN THE EVENING 'SING A SONG OF SUSSEX' Written songs about Sussex new and old from singers including Bob Lewis, Bing Lyle, Milly Murphy, Ann Hilton, Jim Glover, Chris Skinner, Don & Di Morgan, Carole Taylor, Valmai Goodyear Tickets £8. Surplus after expenses will be donated to the charity Sussex Traditions.

Provisional Timetable 10.45 Registration & coffee; please order lunch at the bar (refreshments not included) 11.00 The creation of new versions of songs, preserving the theme, but replacing 18th and 19th century language and context, illustrated with Roger's own examples plus those of participants, if they have them. 12.30 - 13.30 Lunch 13.30 Using ideas from traditional songs to stimulate original ideas, again illustrated with Roger's own examples. Then individual or group work to create new versions or to develop Roger's versions further. Copies of Roger's lyrics will be available. 15.15 Tea/coffee break 15.30 Completion of work from previous session, plus sharing of work (in progress, if necessary). Conclusion and suggestions for further development. 16.45 Finish

Booking is recommended as numbers are limited. Maps & accommodation lists on request. N.B. Booking is recommended as numbers are limited. Maps & accommodation lists will be sent on request. The club meets in an upstairs room. There is a handrail on each side of the stairs but no stairlift. Assistance dogs only, please.

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Season (13 July 2024)
Saturday10:45 - 16:45

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