Workshops and Special Events

Saturday 22 July

Hexham Morris Men and Hexhamshire Lasses Dance Out at various times during the day.

Hadrian Clog Dancers on the Marr during the day.

Look out for our magician Stuart Bowie – he’s magic!

9.30 Play the Ukulele with Ian K Brown (School) 75 mins

An absolute beginner’s workshop on Saturday and an improver’s event on Sunday. Be ready to sing, have fun and surprise yourself. This workshop is suitable for total beginners (aged 8 – 80+) and those who have made a start but cannot join chords together. If you have your own ukulele please bring it along, but we will also have 12 ‘spare’ ukuleles for people to borrow.

There will an opportunity tomorrow to be part of a performance of what we have learned – so make sure you invite your friends to come and see you at the performance – – they will be stunned! This a great opportunity for parents and children to do an activity together.

9.30 Kids Creative Writing Session with Susan Cartwright-Smith Marquee 60 mins

Don’t think you can write poetry? Come along and be surprised! Informal creative session for ages 8-10. Outside unless our farmhouse is travelling from Kansas so dress for the weather! A reservoir of creativity.

10.30 Easy Peasy Penny Whistle  with Maggie Feeney. St Peter’s Church

Maggie is an experienced teacher/workshop leader.  She has worked with both adults and children for many years. She will be running a penny whistle workshop for complete beginners. The workshop is for ages from 7 – 107 years. Absolutely no musical knowledge is required.

You will be learning some well known tunes and perhaps rounds, partner songs and harmonies too.
The songs will cover a wide range e.g  Pease Pudding Hot, London Bridge Is falling Down, Keel Row, Incy Wincy Spider with MOM words!, When The Saints Go Marching In, Go Tell Aunt Nancy, Cotton Eyed Joe, 8 Days A Week and more.
Most of all you will be having fun!!!

Whistles will be provided by Maggie. Or you can buy one from the Festival Office.

11.00 Around the Reservoir Race

It starts and finishes, as usual, outside The Duke of Cumberland pub. The course is approximately two miles long. All ages and abilities are welcome, and there will be a medal for everyone who finishes. If nothing else, it’s a great way to run off that Friday night excess and get you in the groove for another fabulous day of music and fun. And if you don’t want to run, just come along and support the runners as they power their way to the finish….

11.15 Art Session

‘artscool’ would love you to come and get creative!  Join Abbey for a workshop creating art with a festival feel.  Bring your imagination!

11.30 Marc Block’s Coffee Morning. Beer Tent/ Mr Browns Cafe

Marc has made many very well-received festival appearances in recent years and through his association with festival patron Roy Bailey he has become a regular at MOM. Currently performing solo, he is gaining a reputation as a fine songwriter and interpreter of traditional songs. His two albums: The Hawthorn Spring and more recently Brisk and Breezy released last year, have both received critical acclaim. His interpretation of Don McLean’s song Vincent has become an instant classic.

11.30. Clog Dance Workshop with Hadrian Clog (School Yard)  45 mins

The team are happy to teach clog dancing to anyone wanting to learn so turn up for this taster session and unlock your potential.

12.30 Circus Workshop with Claire Harvey (Field behind the Church)

Have a go at the types of skills and tricks everyone can get their hands on at this 60 minute open toy box session. This gives you access to props (including hoop, poi and juggling balls), and Claire will be on hand to help you refine your new skills!

Sunday 23 July

Carlisle Clog and Sword Dancers on the Marr throughout the day.

Hexham Morris Men and Hexhamshire Lasses Dance Out at various times during the day.

Hadrian Clog Dancers on the Marr during the day.

9.30 Easy Peasy Penny Whistle  with Maggie Feeney (School) 60 mins

A second chance to join Maggie and learn to play the penny whistle. See yesterday’s entry for details.  Whistles will be provided by Maggie. Or you can buy one from the Festival Office.

10.45 A Ramble with a Difference and Mark Richards

Music on the Marr is on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore one of its most beautiful corners, Geltsdale. Local walking guide writer, Mark Richards, will lead a morning’s walk through this lovely valley. Mark is a real enthusiast and is often on radio and television sharing his joy in walking and the great outdoors. The walk will not only show you the delights of our wonderful countryside but will also uncover sites of prehistoric interest. The walk is suitable for adults and children. Sturdy shoes or light walking boots would be a good idea. Meet outside The Duke at 10.45 for a lift up to Jockey Shield (1 mile) or start walking in the direction of Geltsdale at 10.30 on Sunday morning.

10.45 Fiddle Workshop with Malcolm Bushby (School) 2 hours

British based fiddle, bouzouki player and singer Malcolm Bushby is considered to be one of the UK’s finest young musicians. Originally from Tasmania, Australia, his family roots lie in Scotland.  Malcolm has devoted his life to developing his unique style, drawing acclaim from established artists across the UK and beyond. Malcolm’s handling of dynamics,  ornamentation and beautiful tone lend a soulful, haunting and exciting magic to his music.

11.00 Five in a Bar Harmony Singing Workshop (St Peter’s Church) 60 mins

Think you can’t sing. Let the five in a bar women prove you wrong.

11.00 Poetry on the Marr with Susan Cartwright-Smith. (The Duke) 60 mins

​ ​Be inspired by the festival – or the reservoir- or anything else -and bring your first draft for a read out at a spoken word session of sharing. Activities and outdoor inspiration. Bring other stories to share.

12.00 “Circle Broom Dancing” with Maggie Feeney. (School Yard)

Come along and have a go at some “Circle Broom Dancing”.  We will be dancing to “Buy Broom Besoms.  A bit of twirling, whirling, sweeping, passing, weaving, it’ll be great fun!

12.15 Play the Ukulele with Ian K Brown. Improvers. ( St Peter’sChurch) 90 mins. Followed by a performance at 1.15

If you know the chords C, F and G and can change comfortably between them this is for you. We will sound amazing at the end of the session! We have 12 spare ukuleles but if you have you own bring it. If you did the class yesterday then this is the next step.

12.30  Learn to Dance like a Cotswold Morris Man (School Yard) 60 mins.

Lead by Hexham Morris. Have a go and see what you can do at this taster session. New recruits are always needed in Morris sides all over the country.

12.30,  2.30, 4.30, 6.30 Professor Jigget (‘Yan, Tan, Thethera’ on School Field)

 Join eminent adventure, fairy hunter, goblin scientist, and storyteller Professor Jigget for a weekend of stories, adventure, and nonsense. Goblins have made a home at the festival and Professor Jigget needs your help to find them! So, you must keep your eyes peeled and wits about you as the Professor leads you on a walk, under trees and through fields, to find these mischievous faerie folk.  At the end of your adventure you can make your very own goblin head on a stick – using clay and natural materials found on the walk.  Suitable for families with imagination and inquisitive minds.