Brendan Taaffe Singing Workshop – Buckfastleigh

24 Mar 2019 / Devon


Date: 24 Mar 2019

Cost: £30 / £25 conc / £35 on door

Details: 10.30 - 4.00

Location: Buckfastleigh Town Hall



Run by: Fran Andre

Further information:

Join us for a day of singing with Brendan Taaffe, a dynamic songleader and well-regarded composer from Brattleboro, Vermont, USA.

The director of The Bright Wings Chorus, Brendan also performs with The Waxwing Four and is in demand as a workshop leader around the world. Currently short-listed for a Guggenheim for his work as composer, Brendan has been a dedicated student of different traditions, having travelled to Zimbabwe, Cuba, New Zealand, and France to learn songs. This year he is a Research Fellow at the Appalachian Sound Archives in Berea, Knetucky, where he has been digging deeply into Appalachian traditional song.

Brendan is known for his encouraging teaching, lush tenor voice, and his gift for bringing out everyone’s talents. To learn more about Brendan, visit his website at

Together we will explore the richness of different world harmony traditions, including traditional American harmony (early gospel, Appalachian ballads, shape note hymns), Zimbabwean makwayera singing, and Brendan’s original compositions. All parts will be taught by ear and no experience is necessary—singing is a birthright for all of us, so come and sing.

“What a gift—this music of the world that brings us all together from our different cultures and practices giving us all the same joyful, creative purpose. Isn’t it lovely to know we can come from far and afield and know each other somehow? How we are all part of this great human family humbly struggling to know ourselves and live in joy and love in the world. These camps are about so much more than singing…”

“Your personal qualities of being open, uncompetitive, caring and genuine created the environment that allowed many of the other wonderful moments to happen. That is very unusual–to be a leader who, by example, encourages everyone to connect, not compete, through the music.”

Shared Lunch

If you would like to, please bring some food to share with other for the lunchtime break. If you would prefer to simply bring your own lunch for yourself, that is of course fine. There is a Co-op nearby to purchase lunch, but no cafes are open on a Sunday.


There is limited parking in Buckfastleigh. There is a main car park which should have plenty of spaces on a Sunday. Google maps link here:,-3.7818639,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x486cfd6e42bfa9ff:0xbabfc4a7019394eb!8m2!3d50.4800704!4d-3.7796752

There is also the Medical Centre car park where you can park on a Sunday. Google maps link here:,-3.7839004,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x486cfd6db3929ba5:0xcb8cab662da5bd60!8m2!3d50.4808541!4d-3.7817117

Parking is also available on the streets of Buckfastleigh if you spot a space. Car sharing is advised.

Important note

To secure the viability of this event, if you change your mind about coming once you have purchase your ticket you will need to find someone else to take your place. No refunds will be issued.