Phoenix Folk Virtual Ensemble
Phoenix Folk Virtual Ensemble is a new project which aims to provide an opportunity for our online community of musicians to create ensemble performances, using new arrangements of traditional tunes.
The project is open to players of any folk instrument. There will be a mix of parts available (tune, harmony, bassline, chords) so players of all levels of ability are welcome to take part. The main aim is to have fun and play music together, individual performances don’t have to be perfect!
How it works
The project will run 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 will take place mid-month. This is optional, and we’ll make the rehearsal recording available for those who are unable to attend. After the rehearsal, participants can send us video (or audio) of themselves playing along to the guide tracks included in the download. We will 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 will also share these online as a ‘performance’.
The cost for taking part is £7.50 per block. This includes all learning materials, one zoom rehearsal and being included in the ensemble videos for both tunes/sets of tunes.
Block 4: January 2021
We will be working on some tunes associated with Robert Burns:
- Ae Fond Kiss/Ye Banks and Braes
- Lea Rig/Buttered Peas (Stumpie)
Extracts of the arrangements (played on fiddle & guitar)
- Zoom rehearsal: Saturday 16th January, 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 23rd January
- Video release: We’ll aim to release the ensemble videos on Burns Night (25th January)
Block 1: October 2020
Coilsfield House (Gow, arr Condie & Dodgson)
Bear Dance/Theme Vannetaise (Trad, arr Condie & Dodgson)
Block 2: November 2020
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
Halsway Carol (Nigel Eaton, arr Condie & Dodgson)
The Christmas Set (Trad, arr Condie & Dodgson)