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The Folk Powys workshop programme was developed in partnership with Helen Wilding-Smith, Powys Music Co-ordinator as part of Powys County Council's Children and Young People's Music Strategy which was launched in 2010.
This followed work by TASC in creating a Llandinam Village Band (2007)and a ceilidh band project for Beulah (2009).
Early workshops were held in Llandrindid WElsl and were well attended but thereafter variable and the later work focused on inter-generational bands with an ethos that welcomed young people.
The early sessions were led by Andy Davies whose own young people's band Tunewrights has been an outstanding success, though one we weren't able to replicate. Other tutors included John Hymas and Helen Wilding-Smith herself.
DiEnw has been the result of this change in emphasis, though the most credit must go to the band members themselves. The setting up of Monty Folk in 2014 was able to learn lessons from the initial Folk Powys project and has established itself very quickly, again thanks to the band members themselves as much as TASC.
In a TASC workshop in 2012, called Ideas for Teaching Folk Music, both Ceri Rhys Matthews (producer, musician, and community animateur) and Kitty Greenwood (creator of the Newtown Community Band Ffonic), talked about how they had developed their own projects, and some of those approaches were also fed into the creation of Monty Folk.