Since 1994 TASC has been organising Events & Workshops to encourage the use and enjoyment of Folk Music in Mid Wales and the Borders

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Steady Sessions at the Seven Stars

NEXT SESSION: Monday the 18th of November 2019
Seven Stars Inn, Aberedw, Near Builth Wells, LD2 3UW from 8pm.


Come along to the first series of folk sessions of the kind in this area. . . for people who play fiddle, flute, whistle, squeezebox, mandolin, guitar – in fact almost any acoustic instrument which suits a traditional tune and blends with other instruments – and would prefer the opportunity to play folk tunes at a steadier pace than in the typical folk music session, or want to learn some new tunes at a more relaxed pace.

This session is also good for people who are an experienced ‘sessioner’ on one instrument but starting to play a new type of instrument. Open to all – listeners as well as players!

For further information: Louise Williams 01982 551116

Thanks to Almeley Steady Session and Tuneworks for their help. Go to the Tunes






session at the Dragon Hotel, following the Rees Wesson melodeon maintenance workshop in October 2018


In 2018 . . .

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF TASC!
Although TASC became a registered charity in 1994, the organisation was actually formed in 1993. To celebrate this momentous milestone we said we'd like to see
" a number of events of different kinds taking place, and we're asking you all to help us make it happen. We'd like it to reflect what we've done over the years and be a mixture of workshops, concerts, dances and sessions."

YOU suggested:

SUSIE'S MIDSUMMER BASH (done!)
DAY OF STEPDANCE with Lisa Sture, Pam Knight & Louise Williams (done!)
WEAVERS & THEIR WORLD (concert - done!)
EUROPEAN DANCE DAY with Kantref (done!)
MELODEON REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE with Rees Wesson (done!)




image shows a workshop at the Seed weekend in 2006. Tutors included Alistair Anderson, now chair of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, and Karen Tweed who conceived and helped organise the event

The following weren't possible, at least in the time available.

WINTER HARMONY WORKSHOP with Sue Harris (postponed)
TWELFTH NIGHT (postponed)
TUNE WORKSHOPS with Ceri Rhys Matthews
(refused funding)
PERCUSSION WORKSHOP (postponed till 2019)
STORYTELLING with Amy Douglas (postponed till 2019)
AUTUMN CEILIDH with DiEnw and Monty Folk (difficult to arrange)



left: Stepdancing workshop photo:Pam Kight
right: World of the Weavers photo:Helen Edwards


above left, from our last Day of Dance a couple of years ago: above right, Rees talking about one of his own melodeons.












Listings

We haven't the resources to cover listings, but there are regular sessions listed by Folk Life, Folk Wales and Broadsheep.

You can sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know items of particular interest. We also list and link on our facebook page.

Our favourite sessions include the one at The Bull & Heifer in Bettws Cedewain and the Arvon Ales sessions in Llandrindod Wells.


Taking Steps

Our Dartmoor Project Taking Steps was undertaken in partnership with Datmoor Folk Festival and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.It researched stepdance styles, music, and historical background and was led by Lisa Sture.

Workshops were carried out by Spinningpath Arts. Pictured is Jenny Read with an attentive class of primary school children.

Visit the website for the latest news.


Teaching Videos

To help you learn we have a handful of teaching videos on our site.

There is also the sheet music for each tune for those of you who like to work that way. There is a jpg or a pdf file to choose from.

You might also find our Youtube channel of interest.

In 2019 we added 20 new tunes as part of our Steady Sessions project.

There's also a number of tunes on our older old tunes page.



Community Bands

Our Community Bands page lists a number of groups where you can make music with other people.

The picture shows members of MontyFolk from Montgomery with Mid Powys group DiEnw, plus a couple of TASC trustees. Venue is Garth Village Hall.

Previous community groups of different durations include Llandinam Village Band,the Beulah Festival Ceilidh Band, and the New Radnor Band. This was part of the Folk Powys project carried out with Powys County Council support.