December 2016

Posted by Ed Hicks on December 9, 2016

Christmas Party Next Week!  Shanty Festival in February!  Kids folk music Summer Camp in August!


Come to our Christmas Party!  It’s free and it’ll be loads of fun!

It’s the final mail out of the year and I want to tell you about some great things we’ve got coming up as well as invite you all to our Xmas Party next week on Saturday 17th December at 14 Bacon Street (just off Brick Lane).  Here’s what it will look like.

Also we’ve also got a whole weekend of Maritime Music coming up in February at the Sailortown Festival at Wilton’s Music Hall.  Buy your tickets now, it’s sure to sell out.

Flatfoot dancing is going to take a little break at the start of next year but we’re planning on organising another term in March and April 2017 to culminate with a performance at the museum of childhood for the St George’s Day Celebrations on Sunday 23rd April.  There’ll also be some sort of Play Folk tunes course happening then (possibly English folk tunes) also culminating in a performance on the same day.

Summer feels a long way away but the dates have been set for our kids residential folk music summer camp. and we’re hoping to have even more fun than last year.  If you know anyone with kids aged 8 – 14 who play instruments or just want to do singing and dancing please send them the link.

Also tomorrow (Saturday Night) our good friend Chris Venables is organising a concert through Folk & Word – Climate, Culture & Colonialism.  These concerts are always great and raise money for good causes, plus they’ve got some great artists playing including some familiar faces (including Peter Truin and the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir).  It’s at 7pm – Friends House – Tickets On The Door (£5-£8).



We’re on the Telly!

A couple of weeks ago ITV came and filmed us all singing and having a good time at the Elderfield Pub in Hackney.  The program aired yesterday and there’s a bit featuring us at 1 minute 20 in.  You can watch it here.  There might be some more later on but I’m not sure cause I didn’t watch the whole thing so I can’t confirm whether there’ll be any further appearances or any references to Peter Gruin and the “single gold ring” in his ear but it was definitely a really fun night.

If you’re interested in joining the sea shanty choir the new term starts on Thursday 5th January at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green and new members are welcome to come for a free trial session on that date.

Lastly my friend Nathan Bontrager (who’s a great fiddle and cello player and has taught a couple of workshop for the Trad Academy) is organising a workshop on using the Cello in folk music in Germany.  Just to be clear you can use the material you learn in the workshop anywhere, it’s just the workshop that is taking place in Germany.  I know there’s probably not many people living in Germany on this mailing list but if you know anyone in Europe who wants to attend this specialist workshop forward them the link.

Right, that’s the end of the message for now.  Hopefully see lots of you tomorrow at the Folk and Word Event and if not then hopefully at the Xmas Party next Saturday.

Have a happy Christmas everyone and see you all soon!



Upcoming Events

Trad Academy Christmas Party 2017
6:00pm – 12:00pm, Saturday 17 Dec 2016
Free! Come and have a party with us!
No 14 Bacon Street
With Everyone!

Sea Shanty Choir – January and February 2017
Thursdays ∙ 7:00pm – 9:00pm ∙ 5 January 2017 to 9 February 2017
Monthly/quarterly subscription
(email us for information about concessions)
Museum of Childhood
With Pete Truin

The Sailortown Sea Shanty Festival
1:00pm – 11:00pm, Saturday 25 Feb and Sunday 26 2017
Day Tickets £10 – £16 (weekend passes £30) – Contact Wilton’s for details (email us for information about concessions)
Wilton’s Music Hall
With Various Tutors and Bands

Trad Academy Kids Summer Camp – August 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 20 Aug to Friday 25 August 2017
£320 per child for the week (email us for information about concessions)
Chellington Centre
With Chance Kellner, Ed Hicks and Pete Truin