2017 Workshops

May 6th - Dungworth, Sheffield
Sam Sweeney is not only a fantastic player and a wonderful teacher, but also an inspiration.”
What an awesome day… I can't wait for the next one!”
I went to Sam for lessons because I liked his playing the best of anyone. And I still do!”
The workshop was brilliant, really accessible and gave me lots of ideas to improve my technique. I'd love to come to another workshop in future.”
The workshop was very enjoyable - there were some very useful tips on how to get that folky feel into your playing and some excellent tunes as well.”

National Youth Folk Ensemble

"I am thrilled to have been appointed the first ever Artistic Director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. English instrumental music has long been my passion and I cannot wait to start working alongside EFDSS and an incredible team of tutors in inspiring and collaborating with these young musicians to take our traditional repertoire to new and exciting places! This is a massive deal for the English folk scene and a huge opportunity for the musicians who join the Ensemble. I am proud to be a part of the inaugural year of this amazing venture."

The National Youth Folk Ensemble celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music and work with leading folk artists. 

With young musicians at the heart of the programme, the National Youth Folk Ensemble aims to nurture their talents, aspirations and creativity, enabling them to develop into the folk performers, educators and leaders of the future. The first cohort will receive expert tuition and guidance from Sam Sweeney, Artistic Director 2016-18, and a team of leading professional folk artist-educators.

We are now recruiting for the second cohort of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. Click here to find out more.