The Swaledale Squeeze is a convivial weekend of concertina playing, meeting friends, a concert, a ceilidh, sessions, Black Sheep bitter, walks, the comfort of Grinton Lodge and fantastic scenery.
Everything is centred on Grinton Lodge (a former shooting lodge), now a Youth Hostel, based just outside Reeth, in the picturesque setting of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales.
Tutors for this year’s squeeze are Rob Harbron (English), Edel Fox (Anglo) and Jochen Riemer (MacCann Duet). They join our regular team of tutors: Harry Scurfield (Anglo); Pauline de Snoo (English); Paul Walker (Anglo & English); Dave Ball (part playing) and Carolyn Wade (concertina band) to provide workshops covering a whole range of concertina playing for different abilities, systems and styles.
The weekend starts on Friday 15th May. We have two informal sessions including the Dotty session, with written music provided for the tunes. Saturday includes teaching workshops in the morning and afternoon, an informal tea-time concert and a ceilidh in the evening at Reeth Memorial Hall, with the band for the ceilidh and the ‘spots’ provided by participants. There are more workshops on Sunday morning before the farewell concert on Sunday afternoon, again in Reeth Memorial Hall, featuring spots from the tutors and their workshop groups. More details on the exact timings and workshop titles will follow.
On Friday afternoon there is a walk around Swaledale for those who wish to join it. We also have Dave Elliott’s concertina clinic and Chris Algar’s (Barleycorn Concertinas) emporium on Saturday. Families and friends are welcome too – they may enjoy the area’s many craft shops, tearooms and outstanding walks and are welcome to bring other musical instruments for joining in sessions or the ceilidh band.
For more details please visit: http://www.swaledalesqueeze.org.uk/