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John Breese is our bluegrass banjo teacher. John currently teaches and performs full time after completing his Masters Degree in Music at the University of Southampton. John has many years of experience as a workshop leader and in teaching one-to-one lessons to all ages. Past projects have included running Bristol Bluegrass Day’s banjo workshop, organising and teaching in the BBMA tuition tent, acting as a teaching assistant at Sore Fingers Summer School 2011 and working with Young Folk Award finalists, Jaywalkers, in a project bringing Bluegrass music into schools around Gloucestershire. John has been booked to teach at the internationally renowned Sore Fingers Summer School in Easter 2012.
Alongside teaching, John tours internationally with the Coal Porters and performs around the country with various other Bluegrass bands as well as being available for recording sessions.
John graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA (Hons) in 2010 majoring in classical guitar and was awarded the highest mark for performance that year. In 2011 he was presented with the St. Michael’s Church Scholarship and gives solo recitals around Hampshire.
“…John Breese plays fine banjo…”
“…she plays a pretty damn mean banjo and mandolin…” – Maverick Magazine
“…an immeasurably talented multi-instrumentalist….” – Americana UK
“…formidable multi-instrumental skills…” – Q Magazine
Charlotte Carrivick teaches guitar, mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Charlotte is a professional musician and tours internationally with The Carrivick Sisters. She started out teaching herself classical guitar as a child, becoming interested in bluegrass in her early teens. Charlotte is a very precise and soulful clawhammer banjo player, which has been noted in several reviews of The Carrivick Sisters latest CD. Charlotte is also one of the BBMA tuition tent's regular tutors.
As part of The Carrivick Sisters, she reached the finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010, and before that they won the 2007 South West Buskers Competition. Their music gets frequent airplay, including plays on BBC Radio 2 and they have also been interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.