Main Festival 1st - 6th June 2022
Camps in August 2021.

Fire in the Mountain June 2022
Campfire in the Mountain and Family Camp in August 2021.

Cymraeg

Campfire in the Mountain

15th - 20th August 2021

Arrival Day Sunday 15th, Tuition Monday - Thursday, Depart Friday 20th

A week-long family friendly Music Learning Camp on a beautiful farm in Mid Wales.

Tuition available in Fiddle, Banjo & Guitar intermediate/advanced. We are open to add more courses if there is demand - email us a request. If we get enough in a particular instrument, we will look into it

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We invite you to Campfire in the Mountain.

The first one was a complete success. Thank you to all who trusted us and came. We can't wait to do it again.

Learn to play American Old Time/Cajun music by ear. (You must be able to play your instrument as we cannot accommodate absolute beginners - must know 3 chords!)

Folk Music Tuition

Learn to play American Old Time/Cajun music by ear. Find yourself the time to focus on your music in the company of other great musicians.

The Camp - The Basics

The main field in the farm will be opened up to campers. Everyone is encouraged to camp in "circles" to get to know your neighbours. The basic facilities of the festival will be available to all; The Compost Loos, the wood fired Sauna and Showers, and the Dragon fire pit.

Every evening we will all convene in a central marquee for an evening folk dance, where tutors and musicians on the camp will play. We will learn Welsh, Scottish, English, Cajun and American Square Dance each evening (8pm - 11pm). The evening dance is included in the ticket price. Everyone can enjoy being on the farm, or use the camp as a springboard to explore the local area with it's fantastic beaches, horse riding, mountain walks etc. We're compiling a list of local attractions now.

Music Tuition

During the days we are offering Music Tuition with wonderful musicians. These lessons are housed in yurts/marquees in and around the farmhouse and paddocks, slightly out of the way of the rest of the camp in quiet locations (out of bounds for other camp attendees during the classes), so you can focus on the tuition! We are offering classes in Fiddle, Banjo and Guitar. We may add more if there is demand.

Confirmed tutors:
Gabrielle Macrae - Fiddle
Barry Southern - Banjo (3 finger and clawhammer)
Vera van Heeringen - Guitar, all abilities welcome!
Jock Tyldesley - Cajun and Old Time Fiddle (Intermediate)
Stompin’ Dave - Guitar (Bluegrass and Finger Picking)
Steve Blake - Banjo (Clawhammer Intermediate)
Ed Hicks - Playing Folk Tunes for mixed instruments

NEW COURSE ADDED - Playing Folk Tunes for mixed instruments with Ed Hicks

How does a session work? How can I work out the chord to a tune? How does everyone know all these tunes? How can I learn when everything’s played so fast?

Lots of people want to learn how to play music with other musicians, but the way we often learn to play our instruments is a remarkably isolated and atomised experience. During this course we’ll learn folk tunes from range of folk traditions but we’ll also learn how to make music in a group.

All learning will be done by ear and there’ll be a strong emphasis on pulse, groove and making music together. There’ll be information about how to back up tunes for chordal instruments and we'll unpick the relationship between melodies and chords.

Over the course of the week we’ll learn folk tunes and how to accompany them. The emphasis will be on ear learning and we’ll do lots of playing but we’ll also cover some music theory. We’ll talk about the common modes that are used in folk music, how to harmonise tunes, what people mean when they talk chords I, IV and V, how to know what key a tune is in and what keys work well for folk instruments.

By the end of the week you’ll be a more confident musician, with at least five more tunes under your belt and one step closer to the goal of jamming for hours at folk sessions.

About the tutor

Ed Hicks is an experienced music tutor with over ten years experience of teaching people how to play folk music. Primarily a banjo player specialising in old time music, Ed also also plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin, sings and has a working knowledge of a range of other folk music instruments (accordions, whistles, string basses etc).

Ed has worked as a banjo teacher and folk music workshop leader for the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for ten years and was a lead tutor on their Full English project. He has trained in music workshop leading with Spitalfields Music, EFDSS, Music for Change, Musicleader, Sing Up, Folk Arts England, Platform for Arts and the Discover Centre.

In 2012 Ed set up the Trad Academy, a folk music school based in London designed to help anyone and everyone make music. The Trad Academy organised many music classes in areas as diverse as Sea Shanties to Swedish Gammeldans. For two summers the Trad Academy ran a residential Folk Music Summer School for Kids.

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Late Afternoon Drop in Workshops. 5 - 6pm daily there will be 1 hour drop in workshops in the "classroom" yurts open for all...

Evening Workshops 5-6pm
Jessie Collins - Percussive Dance - Every Evening
Jessie Collins, professionally trained in dance since the age of 9. She qualified from the northern ballet at 19 with a dance and teaching diploma and has been teaching various styles of dance since. In the past 15 years, jessie’s focus has been mainly in percussive dance. Spending time in America and Ireland in recent years has found herself concentrating more on American flat footing and Irish sean nos. Not forgetting her history in jazz and street tap, she incorporates new and exciting steps and rhythms within the American and Irish style.

Honky Tonk Singing with Gwennie - Every Evening
Heartbreak, infidelity, morning-after remorse, religious guilt, and pain that can only be numbed with a stiff drink, there’s something for everyone at Honky Tonk Hour.
Come with your heart on your sleeve and get ready to howl like Hank, Patsy and Loretta.
Instruments also welcome - there will be plenty of breaks to play!

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The Daily Schedule


9:30 - 12pm Morning Tuition Session
12pm - 2pm Lunch 2pm - 4pm Afternoon Tuition Session
5pm - 6pm Optional Extra Drop in Workshop Sessions, open to all.
8pm - 10:30pm Evening Gathering in the main Marquee

Sessions. It's of course all about sessions where we play together. An idea is to reserve a camping circle towards the top of the main camping field for only musicians so they can stay up until the wee hours playing... and then down by the river we would have family camping. The Dragon Fire Pit is of course there all evening and into the night, as is the main bar.

The Evening Dance and Closing Concert

Every evening the whole camp is offered to come together in our main marquee for a dance (8pm - 11pm). Tutors and Musicians on the camp will form bands for an evening ceilidh. Each evening focuses on different forms; a Welsh Twmpath, Scottish Dance, English Country Dance, American Square Dance, and a Cajun Dance evening (two step and waltzes).

The Closing Concert. We encourage student to form "scratch bands" during the week for an end of course concert in the main marquee. Students and Tutors will perform a closing concert before the final dance.

Catering

We have wonderful caterers on site. We recommend you order your meals in advance so we don't sell out. You can order full catering or any mix of meals per day (Break only, Lunch only, Dinner only etc)

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Costing

£300 for full tuition and 5 days camping. You are welcome to bring your family/partner/carer to share camping pitch at no extra cost.
You can either book full catering or purchase individual meals with tokens (from the site office)

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APPLY HERE!

Please click this link to book your place!

Please fill in an application form to attend. We will send you an invoice to pay in advance. Your place will be secured once full payment has been made.

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Get in Touch

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions

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The Pandemic

We will be following and complying with all the current guidance from The Welsh Government at the time of the event. This could include Test and Trace, Social Distancing, Collecing Details for Track and Trace etc. We will update all attendees before the event to let you know the current rules. If we have to cancel, you are entitled to a full refund.

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Information for Locals

Coronavirus The safety and health of the local community is of paramount importance to us, and we will strictly adhere to, and go over and above, all Government Guidance at the time of the event in relation to the Pandemic.

Fire in the Mountain supports the local economy wherever possible with our local procurement policy and with tourism income

Employment: We have 4 paid roles for these events and we offer these to the local community first and foremost. The roles are Site Set Up, Office support, bar work and Food Preparation Work. Please contact the festival on info@fireinthemountain.co.uk if interested.

Internship: We have one space for a local school leaver for an internship with us. Fire in the Mountain is connected to the events industry nationwide, and we would like to support one candidate to gain experience in this sector. We support with experience, contacts in the industry, advice and in writing a CV. Please contact the festival on info@fireinthemountain.co.uk if interested.

Subsididsed Tickets: In acknowledgement of income equality nationwide, we would like to extend a 10% Discount to these events to those that meet our definition of Local, stated below.

Definition of Local: Local is those living in our county, Ceredigion, or within a 10 mile radius of SY23 4LL.

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The Tutors

Barry Southern


Born and raised in Liverpool, UK and a fixture of the bluegrass and old time scene there, multi-instrumentalist Barry Southern moved to Oregon in 2014 where he now makes his way as a full time player and teacher. A skilled guitarist in many styles, both electric and acoustic. He plays driving yet subtle 3 finger style as well as tasteful and energetic clawhammer banjo. He performs mostly with his partner Gabrielle Macrae in the band The Horsenecks, playing all over the US and Europe. During the pandemic of 2020, Barry and Gabrielle founded and curated the Facebook group 'Quarantine Happy Hour' which quickly gained over 22,000 followers and has ran a live roots music show by a different performer each night for over 450 nights bringing the music community together from all corners of the globe.

Gabrielle Macrae


Gabrielle Macrae grew up in a musical family in the Old Time music hotbed of Portland, Oregon. After spending her teenage years learning claw hammer banjo, old time fiddle and going to local square dances she moved to North Carolina and immersed herself in the music. There she spent her time learning from and playing with some of the greatest living players of the genre, and visiting some of the last remaining elder musicians such as Clyde Davenport, Charlie Acuff, Benton Flippen, and The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers. Her banjo playing became well known after she and her sisters (The Macrae Sisters) released the album Old Sledge, which has become one of the iconic modern Old Time albums of its generation. Her fiddling is heavily influenced by the traditions of Western North Carolina where she made her home for some years, and by her contemporaries who she is continually inspired by. On a tour with her sisters in 2012 she met Liverpludlian Barry Southern and the two formed the band The Horsenecks. They now live in Astoria, Oregon and have released three full length albums, all of which have received critical acclaim.

Vera Van Heeringen


Vera will be working on flatpicking and cross-picking techniques, playing mostly American guitar and fiddle tunes. With an emphasis on confidence and strength in both lead and backup playing, she’ll be exploring how to put the groove into tunes with rhythmic melodies. (For guitar in standard tuning, this course requires a plectrum).
www.veravanheeringen.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8tzMlMOUzM
Vera van Heeringen is an accomplished and highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. She was part of the brilliantly comedic New Rope String Band for five years and has toured with several Cajun and Old time greats such as Dirk Powell and Sheryl Cormier. In recent years Vera has been performing with her own trio and she released her third album ‘Won’t be Broken’ not long before lockdown which has been described by the press as her best yet. Vera has taught guitar for over 10 years and is known for her inclusive approach which aims to inspire in a laid back and enjoyable way.

Jock Tyldesley


Jock Tyldesley is perhaps best known for his fiddling in Cajun bands such as The Flatville Aces and the Bearcats, as well as more off-the-wall antics with The New Rope String Band and The Chipolatas. He also nurtures a long-time passion for Southern Appalachian old time fiddling for many years and has spent more time concentrating on this, whilst touring worldwide with his regular bands and US acts such as Eddie LeJeune, The Dirk Powell Band, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Martha Scanlan, Beverly Smith and Carl Jones and Balfa Toujours.
He is much in demand as a private and workshop tutor and has taught for several years at Folkworks Summer Schools and The Burwell Bash, as well as being a visiting tutor at Blazin’ in Beauly, The London Fiddle School and the Folk Degree course at Newcastle University, plus many international festival workshops.
Jock is an instinctive tutor, teaching by ear and concentrating on the feel and rhythm of the music as much as the tune, and trying to bring out the ˜drive’ in peoples’ playing. He will also be exploring bowing patterns and different fiddle tunings during the course.

Stompin' Dave Allen


Dave Allen is a highly accomplished multi-imstrumentalist and one of the hardest working people in folk music! Dave performs blues, bluegrass, rock n roll, old-time, folk, country, etc. He sings and plays guitar, keyboard, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and tap dances often whilst playing an instrument and singing. We are excited to have Dave focus on guitar for campfire 2021 - he informs us it's been his primary focus in lockdowns and he has been playing lots of classical pieces getting his fingers super nimble. Expect a lot of finger picking!
https://stompindave.com

Steve Blake


In his own words: I am thrilled to soon be teaching a banjo class at CAMPFIRE IN THE MOUNTAIN, a week of tuition, friendship, dances, partying and all round bliss in the mountains of Wales. Here's a banjo take on one of the latest fiddle tunes I learned SWEET MARIE. Steve Blake is a great banjo player of nearly 20 years, and will be focussing on Clawhammer Banjo only, aimed at improvers/intermediates and beginners. He will be focussing mainly on learning session tunes as well as "playing by ear".
https://youtu.be/oBj0gTrQqMI

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Playing Folk Tunes for mixed instruments with Ed Hicks


How does a session work? How can I work out the chord to a tune? How does everyone know all these tunes? How can I learn when everything’s played so fast?

Lots of people want to learn how to play music with other musicians, but the way we often learn to play our instruments is a remarkably isolated and atomised experience. During this course we’ll learn folk tunes from range of folk traditions but we’ll also learn how to make music in a group.

All learning will be done by ear and there’ll be a strong emphasis on pulse, groove and making music together. There’ll be information about how to back up tunes for chordal instruments and we'll unpick the relationship between melodies and chords.

Over the course of the week we’ll learn folk tunes and how to accompany them. The emphasis will be on ear learning and we’ll do lots of playing but we’ll also cover some music theory. We’ll talk about the common modes that are used in folk music, how to harmonise tunes, what people mean when they talk chords I, IV and V, how to know what key a tune is in and what keys work well for folk instruments.

By the end of the week you’ll be a more confident musician, with at least five more tunes under your belt and one step closer to the goal of jamming for hours at folk sessions.

About the tutor

Ed Hicks is an experienced music tutor with over ten years experience of teaching people how to play folk music. Primarily a banjo player specialising in old time music, Ed also also plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin, sings and has a working knowledge of a range of other folk music instruments (accordions, whistles, string basses etc).

Ed has worked as a banjo teacher and folk music workshop leader for the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for ten years and was a lead tutor on their Full English project. He has trained in music workshop leading with Spitalfields Music, EFDSS, Music for Change, Musicleader, Sing Up, Folk Arts England, Platform for Arts and the Discover Centre.

In 2012 Ed set up the Trad Academy, a folk music school based in London designed to help anyone and everyone make music. The Trad Academy organised many music classes in areas as diverse as Sea Shanties to Swedish Gammeldans. For two summers the Trad Academy ran a residential Folk Music Summer School for Kids.