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Ian Lowthian's Music Weekends

Dates and Availability
Here are the new dates for 2024
More details about the weekends can be found at the bottom of the page.

NEW DATES for 2024

27th - 28th January - TV and Film Music
(ACCORDION)
 

A live event but you can also join by ZOOM
5 Spaces Available

30th - 31st March - Sunday Afternoon Concert Weekend
(Mixed Instruments) 

A live event but you can also join by ZOOM
Spaces Available

18th - 19th May - Playing by Ear Weekend
(Mixed Instruments) 

A live event but you can also join by ZOOM
Spaces Available

22nd - 23rd June - Gypsy Jazz and Blues Weekend
(Mixed Instruments) 

A live event but you can also join by ZOOM
Spaces Available but filling up!

13th - 14th July - Fiesta Weekend
(Mixed Instruments) 

A live event but you can also join by ZOOM
Spaces available

14th - 15th September - Classical and Continental Weekend
(ACCORDION) 

A live event but you can also join by ZOOM
6 Spaces Available

9th - 10th November - The Famous Ceilidh/Concert Weekend
(Mixed Instruments) 

A live event 
Full Up!

7th - 8th December - Christmas Weekend
(ACCORDION) 

A live event but you can also join by ZOOM
Just 1 Space Available

 

About the weekends

TV and Film Music Weekend - (Accordion)
This is an accordion only weekend this time, perhaps we will do this again as a mixed instruments weekend, but I get a lot of accordionists asking for arrangements of popular TV and Film themes, so here's your chance. If you would like to come, and have any suggestions, please fire them over.

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.

Playing by Ear Weekend - (Mixed Instruments)
No music required! Playing by ear, or without any music can be a bit daunting, but on this weekend we will explore ways of training our ears to pick up tunes, or parts of tunes at least and practice playing our instruments without the visual aid of sheet music. I will have the music on hand though for those moments of panic!

Gypsy Jazz and Blues Weekend (Mixed Instruments)

This was a zoom weekend during lockdown, but we looked at some fabulous music without getting the chance to play it all together, so I thought perhaps we could use the same music again and this time, bring it to life as a mixed instruments weekend. Some of the tunes we looked at were - 'Five Foot Two', 'It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing', 'Cantina Band', 'Gypsy Fire' and 'The Continental', amongst others. We will also talk a little about improvisation and maybe put it into practice for the brave amongst you!

Fiesta Weekend (Mixed Instruments)

In the summertime we have a bit of a party weekend. It's usually been Cajun or Americana music, but this year we thought to celebrate well known and maybe some lesser known party tunes from around the world. Some really cheesy ones like 'Viva España' and some tasteful ones like 'Bomboleo'. I've got loads of ideas, but welcome your suggestions.

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, some French Musettes, Italian Polkas or Scandinavian tunes for example.

The Famous Ceilidh/Concert Weekend - (Mixed Instruments)
Every year this weekend just gets better and better. This year we had a band of 26 playing for a ceilidh on the Saturday night and an early afternoon concert on the Sunday. All money raised always goes to charity. I will send out the music in advance to rehearse on the Saturday and Sunday mornings. A great chance to play in a band if you've not had that experience before, without the pressure to hit every note! In fact, if you want to sit some out or have a wee dance yourself, this is allowed!!!! Early booking is recommended, because it is very popular.

Christmas Weekend - (Accordion)
Usual festive nonsense with seasonal jumpers, lights and decorations! Plus a few Christmas tunes of course. The playlist just gets longer and longer. I have a file now with loads and loads of Christmas carols and tunes that we dip into during the weekend. On the Saturday night we open the village hall to the locals and have our Christmas themed session in there, encouraging some festive singing too.

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