The Summer retreat is hosted by the multi-award winning legend of the Folk & Traditional world Jon Boden, and Autumn brings you multi-platinum selling, award winning, chart topping songwriters Shelly Poole & Paul Statham.


15th Jun - 19th Jun 2020


We are delighted to announce that singer, composer and musician Jon Boden will be our Writer In Residence for our Folk & Traditional songwriting retreat.  


Jon has become the standout performer of his generation of traditional folk artists, but whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre. Most recognisably he was the lead singer and one of the principle arrangers of the multi award winning Bellowhead. Over 12 years, Bellowhead achieved a level unmatched by any other band in English traditional music in the last three decades, performing and selling out hundreds of venues across the world, including notably the Royal Albert Hall.


Jon has received eleven BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, more than any other musician, including Folk Singer of The Year at the 2009 BBC Folk Awards.


Outside of folk, he has composed music for both theatre and film, most notably two Royal Shakespeare productions at Stratford, Merchant Of Venice (2008) and A Winter’s Tale (2012). 


In 2019 he was awarded two honorary doctorates and made Doctor of Music by Durham University and Doctor of the University by the Open University. A consistent live performer either solo or with his band Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, the response is overwhelmingly standing ovations and sold out shows.


We are proud to be hosting one of the foremost names in English folk music as our Writer in Residence for our 2020 ‘Folk & Traditional’ songwriting retreat.


5th Oct - 9th Oct 2020


Shelly Poole is a multi-platinum selling British singer and songwriter who has achieved international success in an ever-increasing variety of musical settings. The daughter of Brian Poole of the classic 1960s group The Tremeloes, Shelly formed the chart-busting band Alisha’s Attic in the late nineties with her sister Karen. Alisha’s Attic scored 4 gold and platinum selling albums and a string of hit singles.

Shelly is a highly respected award-winning songwriter and has worked closely and had hits with talents as diverse as Janet Jackson, Massive Attack, Jack Savoretti, Mark Ronson, Gary Barlow, Westlife, Ronan Keating, Boyzone, Paloma Faith, Michael Gray, Zucchero, Giorgio Moroder amongst many others. Shelly also continues to write with produce and mentor new and emerging artists.

Shelly’s 2005 solo album Hard Time For The Dreamer entered the iTunes charts at No 1 and earned her constant radio exposure and copious five-star reviews. In 2008 she co-founded the Folk/Americana band Red Sky July. They have released 3 albums all entering the Official UK Country charts in the top 3. They continue to make records and tour.

Shelly shares the residency with Paul Statham.


Paul is a multi-platinum selling songwriter and producer whose commercial pop compositions have contributed to around 30 million album sales. These include the lead single 'Here With Me' and the title track 'No Angel' from Dido’s US and UK No 1 album ‘No Angel’ (22 million sales) and 2 co-writes and productions on Kylie Minogue's international No 1 album ‘Fever’ (7 million sales).


Paul is one of the longest serving writers at Warner Chappell publishing having been signed for over 20 years.  He has written with an eclectic range of artists including Natalie Imbruglia, Will Young, Tina Arena & Sophie Ellis Bextor and many European artists. He also writes with many more left field artists including former Massive Attacks vocalists Shara Nelson and Dot Allison. 


He has co-written and produced two albums for mercury prize nominated Helicopter Girl alongside writing with the Scottish rock legends Simple Minds. Paul is also known for his long standing seven album collaboration with gothic icon Pete Murphy. 


A passionate believer in the art and craft of songwriting Paul also develops, mentors and writes with new artists for his publisher.

Paul shares the residency with Shelly Poole.

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