Following last year’s resounding success, we again have blues workshops and tutorials taking place at the Festival, all kindly funded by a grant from Nibley Festival. Places are limited on these free workshops – so booking in advance is essential.
PHIL HARRIS – ELECTRIC GUITAR WORKSHOP
‘Blues Licks & Tricks’ for an electric guitarist wishing to develop their blues lead soloing skills. Working over a medium shuffle in the key of ‘A’, Phil will share his approach to jamming and getting a groove. It’s not practical for everyone to turn up with an amp, so please only bring guitars and you’ll be invited to play through the house system at the end-of-session jam.
UTEA Centre • Saturday 21 September • 12:00pm start
BEN HEWLETT – HARMONICA WORKSHOP
Ben has been a full-time music teacher since 1995 and has worked with many schools and Music Service Hubs in the area teaching harmonica. Three years ago he started writing video courses for www.playharmonica.co.uk and other sites, and now has 85 video courses and 24,000 students globally. Along with co-authored ‘how to play the harmonica’ books and an on-line harmonica store, Ben also plays in several bands.
For Wotton Blues Festival, Ben will be teaching an easy-to-learn 12-bar blues with all of its own shuffles and licks. Please bring your own harmonica (10 hole) or you can buy one on the day at the workshop.
UTEA Centre • Saturday 21 September • 1:30pm start
STEVE PAGE – BLUES SLIDE GUITAR WORKSHOP
Steve’s workshops are always popular, and he’ll introduce you to the more traditional ways of playing the blues. The blues wouldn’t be the blues without slide guitar. Steve will introduce you to slide guitar techniques that you can use however, whenever and in whatever songs you like!
There’s a Hellhound on my train: sliding in Open D. In the Blues – especially old style country blues – slide guitar is fundamental to the sound and feel. Nearly everything is played in either Open G or Open D. This year we will be looking at Open D. Along the way we’ll look at how get that train rhythm going, some key string bending licks and how finish with a harmonic and a slide all in one go. Robert Johnson’s Hellhound On My Trail will be our inspiration.
UTEA Centre • Saturday 21 September • 3:00pm start
STEVE PAGE AND BEN HEWLETT – BLUES TUTORIAL
A tutorial session with Steve Page and Ben Hewlett, performing “the Story of the Blues”.
Highway 61, longest road I know. From Mississippi to Chicago. At last years Wotton Blues Festival, Steve and Ben charted the story of the Blues from its origins in West Africa and South East Asia all the way to cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. Now they pick up the story in the American South, travelling North in the years following the Second World War to the birth of Chicago Blues.
Along the way we’ll meet the likes of Robert Johnson, Skip James, Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
UTEA Centre • Saturday 21 September • 4:15pm start
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