Retreat

TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2020

26 – 28 JUNE 2020

THIS TIME WE’RE COMING BACK NO BIGGER BUT EVEN BETTER!! 

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TICKETS ARE £249 PER PERSON I- THREE DAYS OF CONCERTS, SMALL GROUP TUITION AND JAMS. INCLUDES ALL TUITION AND FOOD – SATURDAY PICNIC LUNCH, SATURDAY BBQ AND DESSERT, SUNDAY BUFFET LUNCH.

Accommodation is not included but there are many great places nearby to stay, listed below.

TUTORS – MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

AARON AND NICOLE KEIM

Aaron & Nicole Keim has been an absolute inspiration to Matt and many of his students for some years now, both for their incredible clawhammer and fingerstyle books, as well as their brilliant performances at The Quiet American. We’re over the moon to be welcoming them over from the States.

The Quiet American is husband and wife duo, Aaron and Nicole Keim.  In Hood River, OR, they live an artistic life, making music, building musical instruments, writing books, crafting folk art and raising their 4 year old son Henry.  Their connection to folk tradition is undeniable, even as they find new ways to sing old songs and unique ways to incorporate music and art into their teaching and performing.  Mainly influenced by Depression era string band music and the folk revival, they use ukulele, banjo and accordion to accompany their harmony singing, pick old time tunes and lead the audience through group singing.  A modern, home grown folk revival: The Quiet American.  

No stranger to the ukulele world, Aaron has been teaching ukulele techniques and performing at festivals since 2004. As an educator with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Musicology, his true talents lie in his ability to adapt instruction to fit a wide range of learners and learning styles. Aaron is an ambassador for old time folk music in the ukulele world, adapting banjo and guitar techniques to the ukulele (including playing in the “clawhammer” tradition). His YouTube instructional videos have gained a worldwide following and have led to teaching and performing opportunities in N. America, Europe and Australia.  Aaron is also a luthier, building instruments for Mya-Moe ukuleles 2011-2018 and as Beansprout Musial Instruments from 2007-2018. www.thebeansprout.com

Nicole earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education and taught K-5 elementary school music for nine years in the public schools while living in Colorado.  She sang professionally for several years with the nationally recognized Ars Nova Singers and has taught private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages since 2002. In 2012 (after moving to Oregon), Nicole took a sabbatical from teaching elementary school in order focus on her fiber arts business and to perform and travel with Aaron as The Quiet American. She has taught several singing workshops and has developed a passion for teaching beginning ukulele instruction to adult learners. 

Aaron and Nicole have also self published several educational ukulele books with topics ranging from jug band songs to fingerstyle technique.  Many of their books include instructional videos on YouTube, which has contributed to the worldwide success of their products. Nicole’s handwritten notation and illustrations in these books are the perfect compliment to Aaron’s well planned scope and sequence of lessons, ukulele arrangements and original compositions.

 

SAMANTHA MUIR

We’re proud to announce Samantha as our resident tutor. Many will know Samantha from her fantastic arrangements of classical and campenella style pieces for ukulele. As well as a wonderful arranger Samantha is a respected performer and teacher on the ukulele scene.

Samantha is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London and a recipient of the Madeline Walton Guitar Prize. As a classical guitarist she has taught and performed in Australia, Europe and the UK.
After picking up a ukulele in 2012 Samantha fell in love with the instrument and has dedicated herself to extending the classical ukulele repertoire. Her arrangements include classical works by Carulli, Sor, Carcassi, Giuliani, Tarrega and Bach. In 2015 Samantha was commissioned by music publishing giant Schott to arrange a book/CD of 35 Scottish Tunes for Ukulele. In 2016 she released her first solo ukulele CD, The Beauty of Uke – a compilation of her classical and campanella arrangements.
Although Sam has only been on the ukulele circuit for a couple of years she has performed and given workshops at leading ukulele festivals in the UK, including GNUF, Uke East, BUG Day, the Highland Ukulele Gathering and the popular Halsway Manor Ukulele and Singing Weekend.

Her interest in ukulele history led her to the machete de braga – an instrument from Madeira and a precursor of the ukulele. She is regarded as a leading exponent of the machete and has given presentations at the International Guitar Research Centre at the University of Surrey and the Consortium for Guitar Research, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She is a member of the Cohort for Guitar Research, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and is currently doing a PhD at the University of Surrey entitled New Classical Works for Ukulele.

 

MATTHEW STEAD

This year Matt will also be providing some optional classes including his popular ‘Playing up the dusty end’ introducing chord inversions and melody playing up the fretboard for those that are new to it. Matt makes music accessible and exciting for everyone and teach all levels and ages. As well as at the Uke Room he teaches at John Kyrle High School in Ross as well as at uke events globally.

Matthew has written pieces for the RGT Ukulele Grades (the globally recognised grading system for ukulele.) His latest pupil to take Grade One achieved an incredible 95% Pass with Distinction.

Steven Sproat, one of the UKs most well known ukulele performers (he taught Frank Skinner how to play and is the author of top selling ukulele tuition books) named Matthew in his Absolute Admiration section in the latest edition of National Uke Magazine.

Matthew’s last two ukulele albums received much acclaim and have led to performances at the award winning Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain and The Ukulele Festival of Scotland as well as many others. His music has been played globally and on Radio One in the UK.

Matthew is also proud to be Musical Director of The London Youth Ukulele Orchestra, arranging pieces and coaching children to create wonderful music, grow in confidence and make amazing friendships. He has led workshops at ukulele clubs throughout the UK and at festivals including The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, Washington Ukulele Festival and Parbulele.

 

ITINERARY

A rough itinerary of the weekend is outlined below. This is subject to change but should help give and idea of how things work.

Friday evening – welcome drinks from 7pm. We’ll also have a special communal learning jam and a few open mic spots.

Saturday daytime – lessons from 9:30 am. We split into groups that rotate around all four tutors so everyone gets very special small group tuition from each expert tutor. We’ll have a buffet lunch and then more lessons in the afternoon.  This year we’ll be offering some optional lessons a different levels including beginners tab, playing up the fretboard and various master classes so there will be something for players of all abilities.

Saturday evening – After a break we’ll have a BBQ on the terrace followed by the Teacher’s concert where each tutor performs an inspirational set.

Sunday daytime – Each group will be given a tutor to teach them two special pieces that will help refine your playing and teach you new skills. This year we’ll also be adding some mid-day jamming and optional lessons so you pack even more learning in if you wish.

Sunday ukulele hike (optional) – After a buffet lunch there’s an option to join Matt for a really fun ukulele hike. We’ll trek a short distance into the woodland and to the top of a small hill where we’ll jam whilst enjoying the beautiful view. This was an absolute favourite part last year.

Sunday evening – The students concert. As a group you’ll get to take to the stage with your tutor and perform the two pieces you learned. Don’t worry – this is a warm, welcoming and fun space where everyone supports everyone else. Last year, this was a real highlight.

We’ll finish around 7pm Sunday evening –  a bit more time for learning than last year but still gives people a chance to travel home Sunday night if required.

Accommodation:

There are many options for local accommodation including great B&Bs, hotels and inns. Here are a few places to try:

House of Bread Holiday Cottages: http://house-of-bread.co.uk/

Hunters Lodge Retreat: http://www.stayinthewyevalley.co.uk/google_map_hl.html

Farmers Boy Inn: https://farmersboyinn.co.uk/

Littledean House Hotel: https://www.littledeanhousehotel.co.uk/

Yew Tree Inn: http://www.yewtreeinnlonghope.co.uk/

House Martins apartment: https://www.cottages.com/cottages/house-martins-ukc2357

Crown Inn Lea: https://www.thecrowninnatlea.co.uk/