About Bluegrass Workshop


The return of jam sessions and festivals is just over the horizon… but it is suspected that many of us might be feeling a bit rusty!

However, help is at hand, as the award winning UK bluegrass band The Often Herd will be hosting a Zoom workshop for guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bass at 1pm on Sunday 16 May 2021 (players of other musical instruments are also welcome to attend the workshop).

See video of The Often Herd playing below:


The workshop is being promoted jointly by Core Music CIC & the Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival.

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop is as follows:

  • The workshop will divided into two sections, each an hour and a half long
  • The first section will be split into two zoom “rooms” (fiddle/mandolin and guitar/bass) which will focus on techniques specific to those instruments and the harmonic and rhythmic relationships between them.
  • In the first section of the workshop we will learn the melody and chords of a popular bluegrass tune/song in these “rooms”  before coming together as a full ensemble during the second section of the workshop, contextualising the role of each instrument in the bluegrass band sound.
  • The Often Herd will also be talking about their experiences writing, rehearsing, arranging and performing original music.
  • The workshop will be followed by a live streamed performance by the band

In order to get the most out of the workshop, the following are required:

  • Access to the internet, (preferably a strong/stable connection)
  • A working email address
  • A method of communicating with the band during the workshops (webcam/microphone or keyboard)
  • Speakers/headphones so you can hear the band.

Tickets are on sale at £12 below.

Concert Only

Tickets are also on sale at £6 below for those who only wish to view the Live Stream Performance which will be hosted on YouTube between 4:00 and 5:00pm


If you have any queries about the Virtual Bluegrass Workshop please contact the band by sending an email to theoftenherd@gmail.com

Online Ticket Purchase

Workshop (including Concert) tickets are £12 per household, however if more than one person is attending per household and/or you feel generous feel free to buy more than one ticket!

Concert Only tickets are £6 per household, however if more than one person is viewing the concert per household and/or you feel generous feel free to buy more than one ticket!

Tickets can be purchased using a debit/credit card or by PayPal (no booking fees apply).

Full Workshop (including concert) £12 – click on button below:

Concert Only £6 – click on button below:

Confirmation of Ticket Purchase

After purchasing a ticket online a confirmation email will be sent by PayPal.

Please check your junk/spam folder if you haven’t received a confirmation email within 24 hours and if you are still unable to find a confirmation email please send an email to theoftenherd@gmail.com

Refund Policy

A full (no quibble) refund is made if requested prior to the start of the event (1pm Saturday 15 May 2021). To request a refund send an email to theoftenherd@gmail.com.