LEISURE: Folk music group running workshops in Dorset


A folk music group called The Folk Orc is going ‘On Tour’ leading free workshop and sessions in venues across Dorset. 

The Folk Orc is a group of amateur musicians, led by talented multi-instrumentalist Chris Hopgood. Chris began his music life at Coda Music Centre and now meets regularly at venues across Dorset and Hampshire to learn a repertoire of traditional folk music and play it as a group. The Folk Orc group is accessible to all and encourages anybody who has an interest in music to join its community of social, like-minded individuals.

Chris and the members of the Folk Orc are visiting venues across Dorset and the New Forest to offer free workshops and sessions in a mission to inspire, build confidence and encourage people to get the best out of Folk music. With there 20 plus traditional folk instruments they invite people to simply have a go and bring their enthusiasm to the sessions.

The workshops will give attendees the chance to learn a selection of traditional folk songs

The first session will be in Ringwood on 28th September with an instrument try-out and song workshop with an open session at the Ringwood Brewery later on in the day. This workshop is a chance to learn a selection of traditional folk songs and play them in the Folk Orc style. Some instruments that attendees can have a go on during the workshop include mandolins, bodhrans, fiddles and more. Those who have their own instrument are very welcome to bring them along. 

 Following this date there will be further free and open sessions on 1st October in Minstead, 5th October in East Boldre and 27th October in New Milton. There is no need to book for the workshops or open session you can just turn up and join in.

The tour will finish with the Folk Orc’s 10th Anniversary Big Gig on 27th October at Forest Arts. This will be a whole afternoon and evening of music including a workshop, open session and anniversary gig. The workshop and open session are free to attend but the Big Gig must be booked for £10 a ticket.

For full details on the workshops and open sessions visit the Folk Orc’s website.

For tickets to the 10th Anniversary Big Gig visit the Forest Arts website


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