Now an established part of the festival fringe, at Centre 70, right next to the main Showground, will be packed with all manner of workshops on Saturday and Sunday. You’re welcome to come and try your hand at bell ringing, Irish drum, spoons, fiddle, stringed instruments and choirs. There’ll be something here for everyone, and all ages are welcome.

This year there will be no advance booking – just turn up on the day. We’re trying to recoup some of the costs, so we’ll be charging a very reasonable £5.00 for each hour-and-a-half workshop. Please bring the cash with you.

Saturday Schedule

Sunday Schedule

Workshop Showcase – Main Stage, Sunday 3:15pm

The Workshop participants will be asked if they’d like to go on the Bunkfest Main Stage on Sunday afternoon to perform something they’ve worked on over the weekend. Don’t panic – we’re not asking for a solo! As far as possible, we’ll join the groups together, but we have a 45 minute slot to fill so some of the individual groups will also be given a spot.

The Workshops and Workshop Showcase are under the direction of Jon Bennett (07914 79 5823) who’ll be on-site all weekend. If you have any questions, come and find him.

Event Photography

If you’re a keen photographer, we need pictures of the Bunkfest! You can either just send them to or come along at 9am Saturday morning to join other enthusiasts and work out a schedule between you. This is a self-administered workshop!

Introducing The Tutors


The dance within the fight - come and try your hand at this beautiful, energetic martial art from Brazil, with local teacher David Nunan.

Dave & Mandy TownsendAmerican Shape Note Singing

Dave, of the Melstock Band, directs the Oxfordshire Village Band and has recently published a new volume of Oxfordshire Tunes, some of which he’ll introduce at the workshop. All instruments welcome. With Mandy, he’ll also run a workshop on American Shape-Note Singing

Gay & Alan CooperHandbells

Here’s something unusual – handbells. They were semi-finalists on Britain’s Got Talent. They have performed and taught around the world, from Canada and USA to Japan and Korea. Come and ring some bells with some of the country’s finest exponents of the art.

Jack HarrisSong Writing

Jack Harris’s latest album The Flame and the Pelican was one of The Telegraph’s top ten roots/folk albums of 2012. Jack also regularly runs songwriting classes at Shrewsbury Folk Festival and at various venues in London.

Jo MaySpoons

All you need is a sense of rhythm and a cutlery draw! Jo will provide the spoons for the session – come and try your hand! All ages welcome. Jo is half of the duo Against the Grain. An experienced percussion teacher and workshop leader, she has a passion for West African and Afro-Cuban music as well as folk music from Europe and the British Isles.

Jon Bennett Whistle, Ukulele and Blues Guitar

Jon Bennett is a music teacher and performer (Moonrakers). Three times a year he organises a residential weekend Folk Orchestra at Benslow Music and Halsway Manor. For the Whistle Workshop, please bring a high D whistle – we’ll work through some techniques and decorations of well-known tunes (music provided). For the Ukulele Workshop please bring your own instrument – all standards welcome. Jon has instruction videos and much more at his web site. For Blues Guitar, bring your own instrument.

Liz van SantenAll Instruments

Liz plays folk, blues and rock, and is a regular tutor at Benslow Music where (with Jon Bennett) she runs a Folk Orchestra twice a year. She plays fiddle in a number of established groups around the Oxfordshire folk circuit, including Moonrakers with whom she’ll be in concert over the weekend. Her workshop is suitable for all instruments, with tunes played s-l-o-w-l-y so you can learn them.

Louise Jordan

Inspired by many of the remarkable women who served in the Great War, Louise has written a number of songs for a show called “No Petticoats Here”. In the workshop Louise will teach three songs from this repertoire. Also, you’ll be given the chance to perform them on the main stage on Sunday, if you wish.

Louise will also be providing an extra workshop on Sunday morning at The George starting at 10am.

Oxford Fiddle GroupFiddle

As well as tune players of all standards, strummers can also come along and join some of Oxford’s finest musicians for a session of tunes played at a pace suitable to you.

Reg Troubshort 5-String Banjo

From the duo Troubshort & Turnipseed, we welcome back Reg to direct you in all things to do with the 5-string banjo.

Sarah FellSinging

Sarah won the Outstanding Vocal award at the Ox Factor in 2013 and appeared at Oxford Folk Weekend (two years running), Cowley Road Carnival and BBC Radio Oxford. She runs two community choirs in Oxfordshire and organises a number of musical events to support Sobell House hospice. Sarah is also a member of Moonrakers and will be in concert over the weekend.

Short Drag Roger Shanties, etc

“Hunks of testosterone singing a-capella harmonies without the use of a safety net.” What more can we say?! Come and join in with new and traditional Sea Shanties and Sea Songs.

The SkepticsA Cappella Singing

'The Skeptics', are a North Oxfordshire based male a cappella trio who have fast become known locally for their stunning harmonies and distinctive style. With their musical roots firmly planted in a variety of styles including folk, jazz and choral, they will lead you through close harmony singing. All ages welcome.

Winzertanzgruppe from MarkelsheimGerman Dance

You might spend all weekend learning how to pronounce it, but there’s no doubt about the excitement generated by this dance group from Germany. They’ll be performing over the weekend, but here’s your chance to learn some of the steps! They mainly dance Franconian folk dancing as well as national dances from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.