The Acorns were formed shortly after Nailsea Folk Club was established in 1987, over thirty years ago. Some of the original Acorns are in their forties now! At that time the folk club met at The Royal Oak, hence the name “Acorns”; and from little acorns oak trees doth grow.
Th aim is to foster interest and enjoyment in folk music in young people aged 8 – 18 developing their talents as musicians and enabling them to take part in some of the events and concerts run by the folk club. There are normally 8-12 people in the Acorns group supported by two or three tutors. Acorns normally meet fortnightly on Saturday afternoons. It is quite informal. We encourage young people to play by ear so reading music is not essential. We always have a range of instruments and like to have fun learning and developing tunes. When we feel confident we play out at local events, barn dances and folk festivals.
Playing with the Acorns is a great way of building confidence and performance skills. We don’t have auditions to join and although practising is important our expectations are not onerous.
There is no charge for being in the Acorns. The project is supported by the Folk Club, occasional donations from parents and fund raising. The folk club is a non-profit making organisation affiliated with the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The tutors have DBS clearances as part of their professional roles. To safeguard young people and the tutors we only allow tuition in open group sessions.
For more information contact David Francis; Tel: 01275 540231 or better by email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a telephone discussion.