31/10/21 - 5/11/21


(Limited numbers, early booking highly advised)

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Sign up today and join BBC Radio 2 Folk Award "Best Musician" nominee and arguably the finest 5 string banjo player in Britain right now - Dan Walsh - on this amazing opportunity to study first hand in a series of workshops and lessons. On this full board residential course, you'll have the chance to take part in evening jam sessions, explore the local hot spots around Koumkinvi, in Western Brittany, Northern France (easily accessible from the UK with Brittany Ferries, air and rail) and most importantly enjoy 5 days and nights of musical development in a tailor made course with this leading folk musician!

"We'll be looking at all things clawhammer banjo! The course isn't aimed at total beginners but whether you've been playing just a little while, a few years or over many years there will be something for everyone. You might even be an experienced bluegrass player interested in clawhammer – this should work for you too!" 


Roots Music Retreats courses are carefully designed to be relaxed, inclusive, inspiring and most importantly suitable for all levels of musician, from novice to advanced. Alongside Dan's Banjo Course, Chris Quinn will be giving a folk guitar course so evening sessions in the main house will be full of great music and good times.


You'll also receive exclusive student log in to the online tutorial site with videos covering the main lessons taught by Dan on the retreat. This means you won't forget any of the juicy stuff  and can practice and continue learning when you get home.

  • Mastering the core right hand technique that underpins clawhammer banjo playing 

  • Rhythmic variations – different time signatures, different accents and feels, enabling effective of playing of different genres

  • In depth look at left hand slurs, pull offs, hammers, slides and other 'tricks' to broaden possibilities

  • Arranging tunes – turning a single line melody into an effective clawhammer arrangement

  • Composing / improvisation / jamming

  • Backup technique

  • Chords

  • Understanding theory

  • Evening sessions in the main house

  • Full board accommodation, great food.