Three Days in May 2019
Monday May 27th - Friday 31st May
3 days - four nights
Americana singing with
Roger Jackson and Sue Pomeroy
What’s Americana? Click HERE for some examples
In a glorious Tudor barn in Suffolk, Roger and Sue will share Americana songs, teaching singing and harmony for Three Days in May.
Arrive for dinner on Monday evening, ready for three full days of
the music you love.
Each day begins with song-based class, then after lunch there’s a group practice session and time to enjoy the surroundings – Take out one of the free bikes, or follow one of the circular walks around the beautiful countryside.
Visit the Tudor town of Lavenham, or simply relax with your book in the ancient barn.
After the cocktail-hour singing session enjoy dinner with your fellow singers at the long feasting table and enjoy the evening trying out the songs of the day, then ease into impromptu sharing of the songs you like to sing around the wood burner.
Some comments from previous participants:
Who is it for?
As with all my workshops, everyone is welcome. This one is Americana based – Bluegrass, Old Time and Gospel-influenced, and is especially designed for people who’ve done some singing and want to take it further.
What’s Americana? Click HERE for some examples
We shall be singing both all together and in small groups of 3 or 6 in a non-judgmental atmosphere where we can experiment, make mistakes and help each other.
You don’t need to read music – everything will be taught by ear.
The course is focussed on singing, but if you play an accompaniment instrument, please bring it.
What does it cost?
The cost is £320 This includes:
- All tuition fees
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day (except dinner on Thursday when we shall have a night out
at a local pub restaurant)
- Free open-plan accommodation in the barn for the four nights
(See accommodation section below for more options)
Milden Hall is the most delightful place to spend a few days in May. Set in beautiful Suffolk countryside, the huge (13m x 30m) ancient barn hosts many artistic and educational groups as well as parties. It’s on a working farm and Juliet and Christopher have a wealth of knowledge about the natural history of the farm and its surroundings.
It’s within easy cycling distance of the Tudor village of Lavenham and bikes are available for your use. More information about the barn here
Trip Advisor reviews here
Lots of options – please read carefully!
You can sleep in the open plan barn for free, and there is an
on-site “Bunkhouse” – much more comfy than it sounds – see details below. Alternatively we recommend grouping together for local airbnb, or Bed & Breakfast places. In fact, there are three magnificent rooms in the adjacent farmhouse available to us on a bed-only basis. (See below)
In the open plan 13 x30m barn we have 16 comfortable single beds, two “truckle” beds, and two curtained four poster beds. There are a couple of nooks and crannies too, and these will be booked on a first come, first served basis email us HERE. All bedding is provided.
There is an adjacent loo and shower block for barn dwellers.
Another option is the (very comfortable) bunkhouse with WiFi, excellent showers and bathrooms, and a kitchen.
2 x 8-bed rooms, but limited to 6 in each. Boys downstairs, girls upstairs. (See link to floorplan below).
This has the huge advantage of being on-site. All beds now £35 per person per night. Once again, first come, first served. Contact me HERE to book this.
If you prefer more privacy, there are many air b’n’b sites in the vicinity:
The adjacent farmhouse also has three fabulous double rooms available at £280 for the four nights on a bed-only basis – we all have breakfast together in the barn.
There are pictures of the rooms HERE as well as details of how to book directly with Juliet Hawkins.
All food, freshly prepared by our own chef, is included, apart from Thursday evening when we shall have a night out together at a local pub restaurant.
Breakfast will be DIY in the large kitchen, coffee and tea and snacks will be available throughout the day, and lunch and dinner all be served in the barn.
Both former members of The Woodberrys, Roger and Sue run workshops at various Bluegrass and Old-Time events.
Roger Jackson is a film & TV composer and has played with bands and produced recordings for many years. He is one of the country’s top community choir leaders, and runs workshops at festivals and choral gatherings.
Sue Pomeroy (woman of a thousand songs) is a member of
The Rye Sisters and a gifted teacher, with workshops at the famous
Sore Fingers Summer School and other events to her credit.