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 2: November 2020

We will be working on:

  • 51st Highland Division’s Farewell to Sicily (Robertson)
  • Arran Boat Song/Oyster Wife’s Rant (trad)

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 are as follows:
  • Zoom rehearsal: Saturday 21st November, 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 November
  • Video release: We’ll aim to release the ensemble videos in time for St Andrew’s Day (30th November)

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)

Contact Us