Folk fundamentals is a great introduction to two major types of folk music – reels and jigs. You can take this course with any instrument that can play a melody.
You’ll be able to learn all the parts by ear, and then you can start putting them together into a full performance.
You can learn either the melody, or the accompaniment. What you’ll need:
- Any melodic instrument can learn the tunes
- A guitar, accordion or keyboard instrument can play the accompaniment
You’ll need to be able to play at about a grade 3 standard or higher.
About your teachers
Stuart MacQuarrie and Jamie Toms formed a folk duo in 2014 – called “MacQuarrie and Toms”. Since then they have played throughout the UK and Europe. In 2018 the duo were featured artists at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, the same year that they also supported Fairport Convention as part of their 50th anniversary tour. You can see part of their set below.
Since their formation the duo have released 2 EPs, both of which have featured on BBC Introducing and in 2017 they won the International Pan Celtic Instrumental Duo competition in Ireland.
Both are also experienced teachers and educators, so enrol now and see how they do it!