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Aural transmission or Chinese Whispers?

Master-class, workshop and session with Frank McGuire & Andrew Lawrence-King
Friday September 4th 2016, 7-9pm at the Cock & Bull, Hauteville, Guernsey.
  • As traditional music is passed down the ages, what is preserved?

  • What is lost, and what is changed?

  • Where is the authentic spirit that we seek to (re)-create?

  • How do Early or Folk musicians approach the music?

  • How do both approaches differ from historical evidence?

Andrew and Frank lead you on a hands-on musical exploration of these questions in the best possible way: in the comfort of an Irish pub, your instruments at the ready, and a pint on the table!

Frankie McGuire's mastery of percussion allows him to transcend genres and styles. His father and grandfather were both traditional musicians, and Frankie creates rhythm with an inherent feel and sympathy for the music, having played  since he was old enough to hold an instrument.


Famous for his outstanding melodic bodhrán playing, ‘the bodhrán genius Frank McGuire’ (The Times) finds ‘a bewildering range of sounds and rhythms in his bodhrán’ (The Scotsman). He has performed  at festivals throughout the world: frequently at Scotland’s Celtic Connections. 

Alongside his day job as early opera director and baroque harp virtuoso, Guernsey-born musician Andrew Lawrence-King is also the world's leading exponent of the most ancient Celtic traditional instrument, the wire-strung Irish harp, aka historical Gaelic harp.


Award-winning CDs include Carolan's Harp with The Harp Consort and the solo album His Majesty's Harper. Andrew has toured his Irish harps across Australia, USA, Japan and all around Europe, including Edinburgh Festival, Kilkenny Festival, Interceltic Lorient, Womad, Gregynog, Wigmore Hall, Dublin's National Concert Hall etc.

Open to bodhán and other percussion players, harps, fiddles, whistles, guitars and all melodic or accompanying instruments, and to listeners.


Entrance fee (payable at the door) £10

Advance booking ESSENTIAL!

This will be a closed session. The pub will not be open to the general public.

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Thank you for booking. See you Sunday 4th 7pm at the Cock & Bull

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