'Roots school' was started by John Timpany in 2012, and he continues to organise it.
Besides John, we use vetted tutors who have developed a proper roots style of playing with a structured programme of teaching.
All tutors give their time freely, and anyone with the ability and aptitude to teach others is considered, though if a person has had a classical training, we need to be sure that only Roots styles are taught.
John's career in music spans nearly 50 years professional and semi professional performance and teaching.
He ran a successful folk club in London, was resident at the prestigious 'Bunjies Folk Cellar' off Soho, and resident at 4 other clubs. He has also managed groups for sometime, and worked the folk circuit professionally for many years in a duo (John Timpany and Audrey Smith) touring the UK, France, Germany & Austria, while at the same time writing the first ever book on how to play English fiddle.
Together they made 2 albums, while John worked on a further 3.
Recently he brought out a CD with Janice Miller; and besides working on another CD, he is writing a follow up book.
His instruments include fiddle, guitar, whistle, keyboards, bones, bodhran and his repertoire delivers exciting, fast paced tunes, a cappella singing, and accompanied arrangements.
John has written hundreds of songs and tunes, many of which are still sung and played around the clubs.
Soon, we plan to incorporate 'roots' singing, stage presentation, arrangement and performance into our schedule, and to develop students into a group that can perform at clubs and sessions.
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