Welcome

Hello and welcome to our website! Thanks for visiting. We are a duo based in Lincoln, and sing Americana, folk-country songs in close harmony. You can book us for events, pub gigs, weddings and private parties. We are also available for vocal harmony workshops. Just get in contact for further information and prices and read our bio to find out more about where we've performed previously. 

Sorefingers Harmony Singing Workshops

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Kingham Hill School, Nr Chipping Norton, Oxon

If you haven't been to Sorefingers, held for a week in Easter, and for a weekend in October, you are missing a treat. This October, we will be focusing on beautiful songs, practising phrasing, different harmonies, power in the voice, breathing, and how to make the most of your solo or duet singing. Check out the website for information: http://www.sorefingers.co.uk/default.php

There are also courses run by other experts in mandolin, bluegrass and Old Time Banjo, Fiddle (bluegrass and old time), ukulele, bass, dobro and guitar.

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Inspiration from Sorefingers Summer School! 

Hi everyone!

I've just been to yet another inspirational week at Sorefingers Summer School, held every Easter (and a shorter version is held in October) in the Cotswolds.  Anecdotally at least, we all now recognise a syndrome called 'post sorefingers blues' where everyone who has attended a course feels down becuase you have to come back to reality. It's hard to cope without a daily dose of fantastic live musicianship everywhere you turn, gorgeous harmonies and even people making you tea and dinner so you can concentrate on your music. Now I have to make my own cups of tea and listen to stuff on CD, which is fine...but where has the spontaneous bursting into song gone...and my other 250 friends? It's so quiet without all those banjos, dobros, mandos, basses, ukes, autoharps, guitars and voices...

Scratch bands (people thrown together for the week to perform) produce a concert on the Thursday night and everyone does a blinding job of entertaining each other. This year it was M.C-ed by the stunning bluegrass-fiddler Brian Wicklund and maestro banjo player Bill Evans. Just for fun, they did it in drag. Jokes could be repeated but you'd have to have been there. On the Friday night we were entertained by the tutors. Back in men's clothing, Brian and Ben were amazing, and we were blown away by Tatiana Hargreaves and Courtney Hartman's duet. They are just so stunning. The sheer beauty of it had some in tears. Emily Miller and Jesse Milnes led the singing class, and that was just so much fun.  We did a flashmob one tea time of 'We'll camp a little while in the wilderness' - which was appropriate, since the weather wasn't great for camping this year.  If you come, you can stay in a dorm: I'm just a glutton for punishment.

In short, I had a great time. You have to have this even on your bucket list. If you can't wait till April next year: Monday 22/04/2019 to Friday 26/04/2019 then come in October, 19th to 21st - a weekend slot, when Ishani and I will be running the singing and harmony workshops.  We had a blast last year and we were so proud of the singers who attended. Lots of beautiful songs sung!

Tickets when the site is updated, will be here:

http://www.sorefingers.co.uk/booking.php

 

 

 

 

 

Where does the time go? Spring 2018 

Well! Sorry for the lack of update on here everyone! Been so busy as always. We are super excited to have played some cracking local gigs and also to have supported The Railsplitters at The Greystones in Sheffield, and Sara Grey and Kieron Means last Saturday at Faldingworth live. Keep in touch! We are next playing at The Strugglers (love that pub!) on 14th April. We are debuting at the wonderful Birdcage later in the month (28th April). I have to say this is the most genuine, warm-hearted, pub I've been in for a while. Equal to The Struggs in fab atmosphere and friendliness, they have LOVELY beer and the food is AMAZING! Go there even when we are not playing.  But actually, come when we are playing, too. 28th April everyone. Be there. We'd love to see you :)

 

New Album, Brave Unbeaten Paths, Now Available! 

It's finally here! Our new album 'Brave Unbeaten Paths' is now available for sale!

The album features 10 newly recorded tracks including covers such as 'Under a Stormy Sky', 'Hickory Wind' and 'The River' and original songs including 'I Sing', 'Waltzing Again', 'One To Stay' and Song for Lincolnshire 2016 winner 'White Mercury'. We couldn't be more pleased with the final product and thrilled that we can share it with you all. We've got so many amazing people to thank including Rob Pomeroy and Daniel Bancroft for their unwavering support and formatting and photography skills and the amazing Roger Jackson who produced, mixed and mastered the music and added some beautiful touches on mandolin, accordeon and percussion.

The launch at the Drill Hall, Lincoln went superbly and it was  pleasure to play to a lively and kind crowd. If you'd like a CD perhaps for yourself or to purchase as gifts for friends and family for the festive season just send us a message with your address. CDs are £10 (+ £1 postage) and we take payment via bacs and cheque. If you let us know by Wednesday 20th, royal mail will deliver by Christmas!

Meanwhile, we wish you a peaceful and happy yuletide and are so looking forward to working on our next body of work and treading further along these 'brave unbeaten paths' in the new year. Love, Ishani and Sue xx

Heavenly Harmony at Sorefingers October Weekend 

If you have never been to a 'Sorefingers' course weekend or week, you won't understand.  You see, the trouble with any ‘Sorefingers’ experience is that life afterwards seems a terrible bore in comparison to the heavenly harmony we enjoyed this weekend. Fortunately, as a singer, you’re ideally placed to exorcise the blues by...well - singing them, I suppose.

The organisation known as 'Sorefingers Summer Schools (SFSS)' has been running music workshops for bluegrass instruments for over 20 years now.  It is hard to describe how marvellous it is. Set in the middle of the Cotswolds, banjos, dobros, fiddles, mandolins, bases, autoharps, singers and guitars meet up (along with the people who play them) to learn how to play better from the masters.  Many of the tutors at the Easter week come from across the Atlantic to teach and are completely inspirational.  Student 'scratch' bands form and some of them stick together afterwards. Lots of people 'jam' in the bar. Some dancing is usually involved. Maybe some drinking.

We were tutoring at their taster weekend this weekend just gone and we had blast! The students were simply amazing.  Thanks for the experience and check it out for yourselves.  There is a (near) week of heavenly singing and playing, jamming in the bar, and world class concerts to go to in April (1st-7th). Just click on:

Sorefingers Summer School April Week (1st-7th April 2018)

Enjoy!

Lichfield Folk Festival was fantastic! Thanks Lichfield Arts team! 

Well here we are (or there we were - yesterday) at the fantastic Lichfield Folk Festival - run by the amazing Lichfield Arts team.  It's probably the most welcoming festival I've ever been to (Patron John Tams was right, by gum!).  The Guildhall was beautiful, the people in the audience and the folk at the bar were so lovely... and we had a great time, of course! Great to meet Steve Plowright, Merry Hell, A Different Thread and Sammy Carter and the Vagabond Collective among others.  Thanks so much for looking after us so well Dave, Liz, Steve and other countless kind souls from the Lichfield Arts team.  Troopers, every one! 

Recording! 

Here's a picture of us when we were recording on October 1st with the marvellous Roger Jackson: he's a sound engineer, composer, choir director, musician,...he also took this photo! Is there nowt he cannot do? Oops double negative! We're happy...as you can see!

New CD in the making 

We've just spent a very productive weekend working on our second CD, which are pleased to say will contain our own original material.  For anyone who has ever recorded, this is a thoroughly exhausting process, but we are feeling great about the new material.

Now time for some serious zzzzzzzzz

Hope to see you at The Strugglers next week (8th October) when hopefully I will be more awake!

Stugglers Inn Gig 

Hello everyone!

Thanks for continuing to follow our progress.  We are haivng a lot of fun playing in all sorts of different places, but are delighted to return to The Strugglers' Inn, in Lincoln on Sunday 8th October.  This is a particularly warm-hearted pub and the Sunday music slot seems pretty special - one of those rare places where there is a real established community feel but if you're new through the door it feels welcoming too.

The music starts at 5ish and continues till 7.30/8 ish, with breaks in between. We hope to see you there!

Next weekend we are doing some recording with the hope of putting together a second CD. This will be such fun and I hope not too frustrating - as ever we're going for a live and 'honest' sound rather than multi-tracking the wotsits out of the music... watch this space!

We are always completely bowled over by your lovely comments.  We're delighted that many of you seem to like what we do.  Please come and have a chat when you see us perform - it's great to relax in the middle of a show and get to know you a little more.  See you soon, we hope!

 

 

Busy summer...! 

Hi folks

We'd just like to thank those of you who have given us such positive words of encouragement at our recent gigs. We had an absolute blast at the Adam and Eve this Saturday and Leadenham Day of Folk today was great fun too. It was great to see it so busy - and so much musical talent. Very well done to Tom and the team for such a well organised event.

Our next gig is 19th August at the Victoria Inn - please come along and tell your friends too. We'd love to see you there.

Have a good summer!

Festival Success! 

Last weekend we played at Orwell Bluegrass Festival at Orwell, Suffolk.  It's such an amazing festival.  The site is a large Scout camp, and at this time of year, there are fields and fields of yellow oil seed and blue bell woods, leading down to the estuary and out to sea (if you like)...The gang of kids we fed and housed between us all more or less were left to their own devices, and at times we found them at the tops of impossibly tall trees (which was a bit nerve-wracking). Gosh, put it in your diary and take the trip next year.  Chris and his team do a fantastic job.

We ate like kings (or queens, I suppose)... and our souls were fed on the most exquisitely beautiful music.  Watch out for 'The Midnight Skyracers' (all girl bluegrass band - absolutely stunning musicianship and SUCH fun!) And 'Shooting Stars' (the coollest suits in town).  They  were the best entertainment I've seen in ages. Great music.  We felt really privileged to be among these giants of musical wow-manship.

We played on Saturday afternoon to a packed marquee-tent.  We had a great time and the audience told us they loved it too.  Monday was hard...I love my job, but sunny Suffolk with hundreds of friends (felt like I knew everybody, almost) takes a lot of beating.  Wish it lasted at least a week.

Next gig at the lovely Victoria in Lincoln, with the added bonus of not being 3 hours' drive away.  Saturday 27th May.  Hope to see some of you there!
Sue
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