Folkus tutors (clockwise from below left) - Sian Phillips and Paul Sherwood, Ben Farmer and Bev Whelan joined forces with the Halton Mill project and Global Link to perform and run workshops online in Musical Journeys 2 last February. The enterprise paid professional musicians from several countries and raised money for loacal causes.

For many years Folkus fulfilled its remit of organising events and workshops to help develop and spread the appreciation of folk music and dance throughout Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire.

A dedicated committe of folk enthusiasts worked to book tutors and venues and organise skills workshops on anything you could squeeze, blow, scrape, strum, pluck or bang.

However, the passage of time has meant that, over the years, the number of people actively involved involved with the committe has dwindled. Now, as music events are beginning to emerge from the long shadows of Lockdown, we are seeing a renewed appetite for playing music together and a determination to rehone and develop musical skills and techniques.

There remains a great wealth of tutors ready to share this knowledge, whether it is in workshops for separate instruments or, as came to the fore in Zoom sessions, in the teaching and sharing of songs and tunes.

We are looking for like-minded folk activists who can help with the work of the Folkus committee. At present meetings have been on-line and often only for an hour or so, at most once a month. So, if you share our enthusiasm for spreading the enjoyment of folk music, please do get in touch.

You can contact me, Austen Lynch, via the email link on this site this. Or if you just want to chat to find out more, please do not hesitate to call me on: 0779 419 7680

During a recent trawl of internet sites, I came across an, admittedly quite old, list published by Hobgoblin Music. In the sections covering NW England, it listed several tutors who have regularly taught in Folkus workshops.

I have been in touch with some of these musicians and many are keen to be included in a potential Folkus directory on this site.

If you would like us to help promote your services as a folk music tutor, I am sure there are musicians keen to develop their skills - please feel free to contact me via the email link on this site or on: 0779 419 7680