THE FOLK ORC
The Folk Orc wants one thing, and that is to get more people playing music. In particular, we want to get more people playing music together. To that end, we run regular sessions, open sessions and workshops that are as inclusive as we can possibly be. Whatever your age or your ability we strive to give you the chance to start playing music. Explore our website to find out how you can get involved and start playing.
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THE FO TEAM
Founder, workshop leader and 'chief orc', Chris has been a proffesional musician and teacher since the late 90's. When not tied up with orcy business he is either teaching (Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo) or playing live in various guises. Find out more at his website www.chrishopgood.co.uk.
Michelle is our deputy workshop leader and crafty lady. She is in charge of the fiddles at festivals and spends alot of her time away from workshops making tea, blackboards, wall hangings, candle holders, windproof music stands and runs the Folk Orc Presents evenings with Craig.
Roger runs our monthly folk club at The Black Swan Inn, Swanage. A once monthly event that brings in musicans to perform as well as showcasing the talents within the folk orc community. He also proudly boasts ownership of the loudest string instrument in the folk orc.
Nigel is a fiddle player who came to us wanting to start a tunes session. He is now the organsier of the Westcliff Tunes Band for us along side Leanardo.
Working often behind the scenes, Aislinn is our Business brain and IT lady. You will see her rushing around at our Festival Workshops making sure everything is running smoothly with a tuner and pocket full of picks to hand.
Craig is our official spokes person for 4-stringed guitars. You will most likely find him out the front, whether that be a stage or the festival workshop tent. It may not be imediately obvious that he is also a fully qualified Thai Massage Therapist.
Lee has been a tutor at several of our day long workshops over the years and currently runs our tunes session in Bournemouth. You may also recognise him on the local music scene as being 1/3 of Kadia and/or Ninebarrow. Check out his website at http://leethecellist.co.uk/.