Last minute places on (our very own) Clive Batkin’s guitar course

This just in from Halsway manor…..


 With Clive Batkin

Calling all guitarists! Clive Batkin comes to Halsway Manor shortly to lead an intensive – but fun! – workshop weekend for beginner and intermediate level guitarists. Maybe that’s you? And maybe a last-minute, late-summer break at Halsway is exactly what you need…Fri 12 – Sun 14 SeptACOUSTIC MISCELLANY: GUITAR WORKSHOP WEEKEND

A fun and interactive weekend, Clive will teach a wide variety of guitar techniques which quickly open up lots of new sounds, possibilities and approaches to playing the acoustic guitar. Many of the techniques look and sound very impressive and participants get a sense of ‘accelerated learning’. This is not a tune-based workshop, instead focussing on how you can use techniques in your own playing. There will be a group composition worked upon over the weekend, to help put the techniques explored into practice. There will also be opportunities for informal chatting, playing and swapping of ideas and knowledge, as well as some time for individual tuition if required.

This course is for guitarists of all ages, at either beginner or intermediate level. You’ll need a basic grasp of your instrument and to be open to trying new approaches. It is not necessary to be able to read music as all the techniques will be taught by visual and hands-on means. The techniques range in difficulty but the workshop can be tailored to suit the ability range and interests of the group. The techniques are applicable to both finger-style and plectrum users alike, and may even be of interest to players of other fretted instruments such as mandolin and mandola.

Clive Batkin – – is an experienced player, performer and teacher, specialising in acoustic folk / roots music. As well as acoustic guitar, he also plays mandolin and electric and bass guitar, plus homemade instruments such as the balalaika and his unique ‘harpguitar’. Clive has performed on Channel 4 and Channel 5, at the Queen’s Jubilee concerts at Buckingham Palace and at Proms in the Park to an audience of 40,000, as well as performing at the National Theatre, The Stables at Wavendon,and supported such acts as Karine Polwart, James Kerr & Nancy Fagan,and Fairport Convention to name but a few. You may have bumped into him recently at one of his guitar workshops at Towersey Festival?!

Interested? We still have limited accomodation available, and there is also the option to bring a tent / caravan / campervan and stay in the grounds of the the Manor.

Prices range from £160-£190 for full board (accomodation, all meals, tuition and activities). Camping costs just £120 per person (including all meals and tuition), with discounted options available for non-residents. You can also bring a non-participating friend / partner to share your room and enjoy a short break in this lovely area.


Halsway Manor, National Centre for the Folk Arts
Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
T: 01984 618274

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