Ian Lowthian's Music Weekends

Dates and Availability



Here are the remaining dates for this year! Look out for a possible one day workshop in November

September 19/20 - ACCORDION - Advanced Accordion Weekend Now a Zoom Weekend

October 10/11 - MIXED INSTRUMENTS - Scottish Dance Band Music - Now a Zoom Weekend

December 5/6 - MIXED INSTRUMENTS - Christmas Weekend - Now a Zoom Weekend


About the weekends

Classical and Continental Weekend - (Accordion)
Some light classical music transcribed for the accordion, perhaps the odd piece written for the accordion and some music from the continent, perhaps some French Musettes, Italian Polkas or Scandinavian tunes for example.

Sunday Afternoon Concert Weekend - (Mixed Instruments)
First Mixed Instruments weekend of the year. For this weekend I will send out music in advance for us to arrange and rehearse on the Saturday and Sunday morning in preparation for a wee concert on Sunday afternoon. The locals love this and all proceeds will go to charity.

Composition Weekend - (Mixed Instruments)
Last year's weekend produced 22 fabulous new tunes, so if you fancy having a go at writing your own music we will explore different ways to go about it.


Gypsy Jazz and Blues Weekend (Accordion)

This is a new weekend! We've had lots of requests for some blues and jazz, so on this weekend we will explore some tuneful jazz numbers, perhaps some Stephane Grappelli tunes and perhaps have a wee look at improvising with the blues!


The Hillbilly Weekend - (Mixed Instruments)

Previously at this time of year we've done a Cajun and Country weekend and held our evening session in the garden around the BBQ, which has been great fun! This year we thought we might cover some Cajun, Zydeco, Country and Old-Time American tunes and songs and open it up to other instruments. Dungarees are not essential! Bring your Banjo though!


Advanced Accordion Weekend (Accordion)

An opportunity for the more advanced accordionists amongst you to play a bit faster, perhaps look at some advanced left hand patterns, discuss bellows techniques, the use of chords to enhance tunes etc. etc.

Scottish Dance Band Music Weekend - (Mixed Instruments)
This was originally the ceilidh weekend, but because of Covid it is now a focus on music from the Scottish Dance Band tradition. Jigs, Reels, Strathspeys, Waltzes, Polkas, 2/4 Marches etc.

Christmas Music Weekend- (Mixed Instruments)
 This weekend is just stupid! Mostly Christmas sing along fun!

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