Phoenix Folk Virtual Ensemble

NOW AVAILABLE: Audio download of all 16 performances from Oct 2020 to May 2021. Click here for more details.

Phoenix Folk Virtual Ensemble is a project which aims to provide an opportunity for our online community of musicians to create ensemble performances, using new arrangements of traditional tunes. It has been running every month since October 2020.

The project is open to players of any folk instrument. There are a mix of parts available (tune, harmony, bassline, chords) so players of all levels of ability are welcome to take part. Individual performances don’t have to be perfect, the main aim is to have fun and play music together! You don’t need any special equipment to take part – just something to record yourself on eg. a laptop, tablet or smartphone. We’re friendly and easy to get in contact with, and will help with any questions throughout the month.

How it works

The project runs in blocks, each lasting one month, during which time participants can download a resource pack containing sheet music, audio and video for two tunes (or sets of tunes). A Zoom rehearsal takes place a week before the recording deadline. This is optional, and we make the rehearsal recording available for those who are unable to attend. After the rehearsal, participants send us video (or audio) of themselves playing along to the guide tracks included in the download. We mix the audio into an arrangement and create a video collage. Everyone taking part will receive a copy of the videos to keep, and we also share these online as a ‘performance’.

The cost for taking part is £7.50 per block (per person), but you can pay more if you wish to make a voluntary contribution to our costs. There’s no obligation, and you are very welcome to pay the basic fee. The price includes all learning materials, one zoom rehearsal and being included in the ensemble videos for both tunes/sets of tunes.

Block 11: august 2021

We will be working on new arrangements of:

  • Farewell to Glasgow/Skye Boat Song
  • Trumpet Hornpipe (Captain Pugwash!)

Extracts of the arrangements (played on fiddle & guitar)

If you’d like to take part, click here to download the resource pack and pay your fee. The download contains all of the material you need to take part, including details of the Zoom rehearsal. You can contact us at any time if you have any questions or need advice about making your recording.
 
Key dates for the August 2021 ensemble are as follows:
 
  • Zoom rehearsal: Saturday 21st August 4.30pm UK time (if you can’t attend, you can view the recording instead).
  • Recordings: Please send these in by 12 noon UK time, Saturday 28th August
  • Video release: We’ll aim to release the ensemble videos on or before 31st August

Block 1: October 2020

If you’d like to buy the sheet music and practice audio/video for these tunes, you can do so here.

Coilsfield House (Gow, arr Condie & Dodgson)

Bear Dance/Theme Vannetaise (Trad, arr Condie & Dodgson)

Block 2: November 2020

If you’d like to buy the sheet music and practice audio/video for these tunes, you can do so here.

51st Highland Division’s Farewell to Sicily (Robertson, arr Condie & Dodgson)

Arran Boat Song/Oyster Wife’s Rant (Trad, arr Condie & Dodgson)

Block 3: December 2020

If you’d like to buy the sheet music and practice audio/video for these tunes, you can do so here.

Halsway Carol (Nigel Eaton, arr Condie & Dodgson)

The Christmas Set (Trad, arr Condie & Dodgson)

Block 4: January 2021

If you’d like to buy the sheet music and practice audio/video for these tunes, you can do so here.

Ae Fond Kiss/Ye Banks and Braes (Trad)

Lea Rig/Buttered Peas (Stumpie)

Block 5: February 2021

If you’d like to buy the sheet music and practice audio/video for these tunes, you can do so here.

Rothbury Hills (Jack Armstrong)

Morpeth Lasses/Cuckold Come out of the Amery (trad)

Block 6: March 2021

If you’d like to buy the sheet music and practice audio/video for these tunes, you can do so here.

Inisheer/The South Wind

All Through the Night/Pant Corlan Yr Wyn/Ymgrychdon Y Waunlwyd

Block 7: April 2021

If you’d like to buy the sheet music and practice audio/video for these tunes, you can do so here.

Bagpipers

English Country Garden/Portsmouth

Block 8: May 2021

If you’d like to buy the sheet music and practice audio/video for these tunes, you can do so here.

Orange in Bloom/Out on the Ocean (The Fanta Set)

Egan’s Polka/John Ryan’s Polka

Block 9: June 2021

If you’d like to buy the sheet music and practice audio/video for these tunes, you can do so here.

Hancock Waltz/Wuppertal Waltz (Gillian Tolfrey)

Bonaparte’s Retreat

Block 10: July 2021

If you’d like to buy the sheet music and practice audio/video for these tunes, you can do so here.

Alloa House

Ward’s Brae/Lamshaw’s Fancy

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