Frequently asked questions

What about Covid? - 3 Days In May Event

Right now, it might seem unspeakably foolish to plan a gathering of 30 odd people – even if it is outside, especially to sing – in this Covid-ridden climate. It’s January 2021 as I write this, and it seems that we all know someone directly now who has been badly affected by this awful virus. However, we feel that while these are especially dark times, we are likely to be in a very different position coming up to the end of May. The vaccination programme is underway, people will be good at managing risk – and it is an outdoors activity, at least. Let’s be straight-up here: There is a medium possibility that we will have to cancel. We are planning for these eventualities and will refund any deposit paid in the event that the government put in rules that make the gathering illegal or even strongly advised against; or where you decide you cannot after all, take the risk. We will not be able to eliminate the risk of you catching Covid-19. But we will of course follow as many sensible hygiene measures as possible to minimise this risk. What we are asking for is a pledge. We feel that if we get to the end of May and the country is declared pretty safe at that point, we’d be gutted that we didn’t have anything planned to take advantage of that situation. We have been starved of music and friends. We want to try – and see what happens. If you’d like to try with us – that would be fantastic, and you would be safe in the knowledge that we will do right by you if things take unpredictable turns (which they so often have in the last year).

Who are the Event Leaders?

Roger & Sue Jackson Both former members of The Woodberrys, Roger and Sue run workshops at various Bluegrass and Old-Time events. Roger Jackson is a film & TV composer and has played with bands and produced recordings for many years. He is one of the country’s top community choir leaders, and runs workshops at festivals and choral gatherings. Sue Pomeroy (woman of a thousand songs) is a member of The Rye Sisters and a gifted teacher, with workshops at the famous Sore Fingers Summer School and other events to her credit. During lockdown, Sue has been leading the online “Sunday Songwriters” course and is rerally looking forward to exchanging Zoom scereens for real faces! And finally – we are hoping to make it good for your pocket too. We know that some have had a tough time of it this year so we’re doing our best to provide a quality experience while mindfully keeping the costs down. We don’t have the precise figure yet but it’s likely to be in the region of £200-£300 for three full days, which includes your pitch, all your food and tuition. So what are you waiting for? If you are interested, we’re looking for you to sign up and give an initial £30 deposit with a promise that this will be refunded in the event of Covid shenanigans of any sort. When lock down hit last year, we made immediate refunds in full. We’re not a company, just a couple of tutors wanting to make something positive happen this year. By the end of May, we might all be vaccinated; if not, it is in an airy outdoors setting and people will have to make their decision. Will you take that chance with us, so we can bring some positivity, togetherness, socialising (sounds like a dirty word suddenly?) and simply – JOY back to the world?