The extremely talented Bath Youth Folk Band join us again after a year off!
I wouldn’t love folk music if I hadn’t joined the Bath Youth Folk Band. In 2014, I spent a day at the Bath City Farm, where some folk musicians were playing, and fell in love with the music almost instantly. The next month, I was inspired to join the band and see what happened. I started in the junior band before moving to the main one, where I was flung into my first gig at the exact place that I had started loving folk music the year before.
Since then, my music has progressed immensely. My fiddle accompanies the array of flutes, whistles, guitars and cajons that make up our band. Possibly the biggest gig that we have played at is the Southdowns Folk Festival that took place in September last year. We all spent a fair part of the day that we performed on actually travelling the 100 odd miles to reach Bognor Regis, but afterwards, despite the occasional missing band member and snapped string, we managed to thoroughly enjoy playing to our late-afternoon audience.
Altogether, being part of the band has been such a positive experience and I can’t wait to see where it leads me. My confidence has increased, and I have started a small folk band at my school, as well as having taught and busked some tunes with my friends. Joni Brown
Bath Folk Youth Band is a top-class youth folk ensemble in Bath, drawing on the enthusiasm and talents of students from our annual Traditional Music Summer School. The ensemble was formally launched at Bath Folk Festival 2014 with a week of workshops and performances, including a collaboration with the amazing Ards CCE. The group meets once a month and promotes the traditional music of the British Isles, encouraging students to develop their own arrangements and style within the folk canon.
Most members of the senior band are Grade 5-8 standard. Our musicians have not all taken the traditional route of music exams but they can all learn tunes by ear. We are keen to welcome new members and run a training band for students from Grades 1-4, who progress to the senior band once they have developed the necessary skills. Both bands perform at a range of events and festivals throughout the year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details