FESTIVAL AND INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS
Paul James' workshops are about working together as a team to make a mighty big band noise that is more than the sum of its parts. Suitable for all ages, all abilities, any instrument. No prior knowledge of folk music necessary. Paul uses traditional dance tunes or modern compositions as a starting point & the aim is to create imaginative arrangements - using harmonies and riffs, textures and dynamics - that are interesting and fun to play, dance and listen to. Participants need to be of a standard where they can play a simple folk tune through at the right tempo, either by ear or by reading music.
Paul also provides intensive workshops for more advanced players – for a day, a weekend or a whole week.
Paul James is a saxophonist, bagpiper, singer and composer from England, who makes music influenced by English and other European folk/folklore traditions. He is a member of the band Blowzabella and Paul James and the Drowned Lovers. Paul also leads the annual European Ensemble Music Weekend at Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts.