Bev is a professional musician and music teacher, who has spent more than thirty years teaching, encouraging and mentoring folk musicians of all ages.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s Bev was a tutor for Comhaltas Ceoiltoiri Eireann, delivered workshops and summer schools for Folkworks, and whilst working at the Irish Studies Workshop at Soar Valley College in Leicester developed the first ever OCN accredited qualification in Irish Traditional Music in the UK.

Bev has taught music privately for many years, and currently offers private tuition on whistle and flute both in-person and via Zoom and Skype. She teaches a popular weekly Irish music class for adults, is a regular workshop leader for Folkus, and is increasingly in-demand to lead workshops at folk festivals (including Ireby Festival and Settle Folk Gathering). For the past few years she has been teaching tin whistle and flute to children in Barrow-in-Furness as part of the Folk First project, and in primary schools as a freelancer with Cumbria Music Service.

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Bev is an experienced and supportive workshop leader. Each workshop is unique: tuition is tailored to the ability of participants, whether they are advanced players, improvers or absolute beginners who have never touched a whistle before. Bev is able to work with mixed-ability groups and students of all ages. She has developed methods which enable … Continue reading Workshops

Schools and Young People

Bev is a tutor at the Folk First music project in Barrow-in-Furness, which started life as a Folk Academy (an Arts Council-funded project led by Luke Daniels of Gael Music) in 2017.  The project aims to teach and support school children in Barrow to learn to play folk music and participate in an ensemble. Now … Continue reading Schools and Young People