Performance and participation in folk and acoustic music,
song and dance across the North East of England.
Phoenix Folk Ltd exists to promote participation and performance in folk and acoustic music, song and dance across the North East of England. We aim to be a friendly face of folk music, to help keep alive the great tradition of folk music in the region and to encourage talent and personal musical development.
From 2009 until 2017, classes took place at Ouseburn Farm in Byker. Since 2017, weekly classes, followed by a steady session/singaround, have been held in Cullercoats. Musicians and singers with a range of experience levels will find they are warmly welcomed. We are also developing new projects offering online resources to support and complement our teaching activities.
Phoenix Folk is now managed by directors Maurice Condie, Adam Holden and Marina Dodgson.
Maurice is Founding Director of Phoenix Folk Ltd. He has taught guitar regularly since 1982, and for 9 years, was the “in house” guitar tutor for Folkworks. Maurice has played in a range of bands since the end of the 1960s. He performs solo and in a number of bands including folk duos Another Penny (with Adam Holden), Miggins Fiddle (with Marina Dodgson) and The Sunday Trio. For more information, see www.mauricecondie.co.uk.
Adam Holden is a songwriter and performs solo and in folk duo Another Penny (with Maurice Condie) . He plays guitar, piano and sings. Adam grew up in East London playing classical music and listening to songwriters from as many sources as he could find. His songs touch on immediate social, domestic and natural landscapes but are also rooted in a love of political ideas. “Songs give us a small piece of the world”, says Adam, “and the good ones allow the listener to feel and do something different”. They might even be, as one of his songs has it, “a teacher, a comfort, a rebellious friend". His solo EP "Playtime for Everyone" is available to stream and download at https://adamholden.bandcamp.com/album/playtime-for-everyone.
Marina is a fiddle player and music arranger/composer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She holds competition titles in both small ensemble performance and composition. In 2018, she recorded an album "First Light" with a mixed instrument folk quartet, Phoenix Four, which features several of her original harmony arrangements. Her harmony arrangements of traditional fiddle tunes are available to download on https://fiddletunesinharmony.bandcamp.com. Marina performs with Maurice Condie in folk duo Miggins Fiddle, and in The Sunday Trio.