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Johnjo Alternatives to Whitby? (24) Alternatives to Whitby? 11 Aug 13

After 5 years as a regular attendee, I want to look at alternatives to Whitby Folk Week for next year.

Can anyone recommend other festivals for me to look at, preferably in the UK's North and Midlands? Doesn't have to be in August, but summer preferred.

What I'm mainly interested in is a well-organised series of workshops for instrumentalists, particularly for (any of) tenor banjo, mandolin, Anglo concertina, and melodeon.

I'm not overly bothered about sessions, concerts or ceilidhs. I appreciate this makes me pretty much a minority interest, but asking here is probably a pretty good place to start.

So.....where do all the Northern tenor/Irish banjo-thrashers go? Where's a good place for next summer's hols?

Thanks in advance.

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