Wind & Strings Folk Workshop Day

For any woodwind instrument, and bowed & plucked melody string instruments

DATE:             Saturday 7th May 2022            

TIME:              10.00am - 4.30pm  

WHERE:           The Locks Inn, Geldeston, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 0HW

TUTORS:          John Dipper (, Vicki Swan (

Fun, friendly and welcoming workshops for woodwind and string players, led by experienced professional musicians John Dipper (strings) and Vicki Swan (wind). The day offers an inspirational mix of tutored small group learning and mixed strings/wind playing together. 

  • Tunes and harmonies/accompaniments learnt by ear, with sheet music available.
  • Learn how to work out harmonies/accompaniments to enrich and enhance your favourite tunes.
  • Boost your playing confidence and technique, explore British and Swedish folk tunes.

BOOKING A PLACE: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.              Cost per person: £30 Limited number of places.

Sorry, but this workshop day is not suitable for beginner instrumentalists, or guitars


The Locks Inn is a delightfully tranquil and traditional riverside pub that is well known for its music nights and community events. Boats can be moored alongside. It began life as a mill-keepers cottage and has been an inn since the 17th century. It became a community owned pub in 2021.


  • 9.30 - 10.00                 Arrival and Registration/Coffee 
  • 10.00 - 11.30               1st Instrumental Workshop    (wind & strings in separate rooms)
  • 11.30 -11:45                Tea/Coffee Break
  • 11:45 -1 2:30               2nd Workshop - wind & strings together
  • 12.30-1.30                  LUNCH 
  • 1.30 - 3.00                   3rd Instrumental Workshop (wind & strings in separate rooms)
  • 3.00 – 3:15                  Tea/Coffee Break
  • 3:15 - 4.30                   4th Workshop - wind & strings together

 Evening playing session at The Locks Inn- open to workshop participants and local musicians & singers. Flexible start/finish time


  • East Anglian Traditional Music Trust                             
  • Terry Mann (maker of early & folk woodwind)            
  • Rod Ward (maker of traditional fiddles)                      

The pub will be open to the general public all day/evening serving food and drink as normal. There are tables inside and outside with views of the river. The menu will be available nearer the time and include vegan and vegetarian options. We wish to support The Locks Inn in its’ new role as a community pub, so if you prefer to bring your own food it should not be eaten on the pub premises. 

The postcode is NR34 0HW. There is a map/directions on
Geldeston is a village in Norfolk. The villages of Kirby Cane, Ellingham and Gillingham are close by. 

CAR: From Geldeston take Station Road south out of the village, and then turn left down Lock's Lane. This is a long lane that will take you down to the Inn, which lies alongside the River Waveney. Parking available.

PARKING: Disabled parking spaces are available outside the pub. A bigger car park is available just before the pub, about 2 minutes walk away.

TRAIN: Nearest station is Beccles on the Ipswich/Lowestoft (East Suffolk) line. Beccles railway station is approx 3 miles to Geldeston village. The bus service to Geldeston village is limited so a taxi is advised. Local local taxi firms include: Goldline 01502 711611, Kim’s Kabs 01502 712213, Waveney Taxis 01502 733733.

BUS: Although regular buses run to Beccles from Diss, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Norwich, the bus service from Beccles to Geldeston village (Simmonds bus 581) is limited, so a taxi from Beccles is advised. 

BOAT or CANOE: For something different, why not consider a river journey?
You can hire boats and canoes in Beccles and sail up the river to the The Locks Inn (
The bigdogferry runs between the The Locks Inn and Beccles Lido. Contact


  • The Three Rivers Campsite (motorhomes, campervans, tents etc) approx 10 mins walk from the Locks Inn and adjacent to the river.
  • Rowan Craft Marina includes a campsite by the river Waveney in Geldeston.

Beccles: has hotels and B&B. Hippersons Boatyard on the edge of the town has self-catering pods and houseboats and is approx 10 minutes drive to Geldeston village.

Wind Strings


This interview I did with Tony Hall appears in the current issue of Living Tradition magazine. It's a timely reminder, I'd say of Tony's various creative talents.
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Captain Swing

Simon Haines

In 1979, quite out of the blue, I was asked to join a group of musicians who were working on a folk show. The group was called Poor Man’s Burden and the show was Captain Swing; I was asked to play melodeon as well as read the speeches of William Cobbett.

I joined after the group had had a break from rehearsals, so the music was already arranged. I couldn’t believe my luck. It was a time when I was into folk rock and was a massive fan of the Albion Band. For me, Poor Man’s Burden was like an Albion tribute band.

The group organiser and leader was Phil Manchester, a melodeon / fiddle player who conceived the idea of Captain Swing, wrote all the songs and researched the subject matter.

After the performances, Poor Man’s Burden morphed into The Hooligan Ceilidh Band which turned in Bass Instincts and eventually The Hosepipe Band.

You can listen to the whole show below, but there is a CD available. If you'd like one, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more: Captain Swing


REC COVFollowing interest in the recorder as a folk instrument from two articles on this website, Val Woollard has put together a compilation of tracks on which she has played her various recorders. The first is on the 1986 Bass Instincts album Strippers's Waltz, the last is on the 2017 Rosewood album Rife & Strife & Mirth & Fun.

For any further information about the tunes on this recording or her recorder playing, you can contact Val at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can listen to all the tracks on this recording by clicking the sound file under each track title, but if you'd like a physical CD version of the recording for £5.00 (*P&P incl.), contact Val as above.

For a review of this recording by Dawn Wakefield CLICK HERE




Cara Dillon Live at Cooper Hall

by Simon Haines

CaraDillon8.20I have followed the fortunes of the Derry singer Cara Dillon for about 30 years, in fact since I first saw her as a teenager in the group Oige, at Colchester Arts Centre. Her voice and her treatment of songs was mesmerizing and I became an instant fan. Cara appeared next in The Equation, a pop-folk band, where she replaced Kate Rusby who had left to start her solo career. The other members of the Equation were Kathryn Roberts and the Lakeman brothers: Sam, Sean and Seth.  

Fast forward a few years and Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman formed a duo. Rumour has it that the recordings they made for Warner Brothers were never released, so they walked away and started an independent musical life. Eventually Cara Dillon released a solo album and has since gone on from strength to strength to become an internationally acclaimed singer of traditional Irish songs. She has performed her repertoire in a duo with Sam Lakeman but also with other formations of traditional musicians. She has appeared regularly on TV in Transatlantic Sessions. 

Read more: Cara Dillon Live at Cooper Hall