The 4th Bluegrass / Oldtime Mandolin Workshop with Jesper


South Petherton (TA135AA), Somerset (15th - 16th Sept. 2018)

During this course Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin. Musical

 examples will be drawn from standard tunes of various levels of difficulty, giving players a broad overview of these

 genres. Both solo playing as well as accompaniment will be explored during the course, allowing participants to learn

 new techniques and develop and refine their existing playing skills.

Exercises for improvisation and short forays into music theory will round off the course material. In addition to the

 principal themes of Bluegrass and Oldtime, individual examples taken from swing, Blues and/or New Acoustic Music

 may also be included in the course.

Participants will be split into small, individual groups at various points in the programme enabling players to alternate

 between soloing and accompaniment so they can fully explore the tunes and exercises.

The course is limited to 16 participants to ensure that all players receive personal instruction and supervision. There will

 be short breaks for refreshments (e.g. coffee, tea and cake) between the individual course sections. This gives

 participants an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas or take part in small sessions.



Saturday: Workshop in the morning and afternoon. Lunch in the village.

Sunday: Workshop in the morning and afternoon (until about 5pm). Lunch in the village.


Course Fee

£90 (excluding accommodation and meals)



Over Stratton Village Hall

Over Stratton

South Petherton, Somerset

TA13 5AA



Participants must organise their own accommodation.

There are a number of options in the local area and prices vary:


The Brewer’s Arms (South Petherton)


The Square House (South Petherton)


2 rooms on a B&B basis with local couple (South Petherton)


 The Travel Lodge (Ilminster)


Perhaps someone on the course who lives in the local area would be willing to make his/her spare room available, if

possible. Should anyone be willing to do this, please make this known during registration. Thank You!



Please send an email to if you would like to register for this course. All applications will be

 processed in the order in which they are received and will be confirmed by Will Helton via email. Should more

applications be received than there are places available on the course, we will set up a waiting list.

The closing date for applications is 01 August, 2017. Please ensure that you have paid/transferred the course fee by the

 above deadline to the account listed in your confirmation email. Once your payment has been received and confirmed

 your place on the course will be guaranteed.

If we have not received enough bookings by the closing date, we will, unfortunately, have to cancel the workshop.

 Should this be the case, all payments received will, of course, be refunded.

Should you not be able to participate in the course, we will try to fill your place with someone from the waiting list. In

 such cases, your registration fee will, of course, be refunded. But even if we cannot find a replacement, we will

endeavour to find a mutually acceptable solution for all parties.




Will Helton, South Petherton

Telephone: 01460 241 329



About Jesper:

Jesper Rübner-Petersen was born on the 8th of July 1969 in Aarhus, Denmark, where he grew up with bluegrass and

 acoustic music, to which he was exposed by his banjo-playing father. At the age of 12 Jesper began playing the guitar

and very soon was playing in different oldtime and bluegrass bands, performing at gigs and festivals all over Europe.

 Besides playing bluegrass, Jesper decided to follow the jazz programme at the "American Institute of Music" in Vienna

 (Austria), which he completed in March 1993. In 1994, after years of intensive guitar playing, Jesper bought himself a

 mandolin so that he could try out a second instrument - a purchase that changed his life. In July 2000 Jesper moved to

 Southern Germany, where he also started a professional career as a guitar and mandolin teacher. At the same time, he

 started teaching at Beppe Gambetta's Summer Workshop, the International Workshop Musique Acoustique in

 Belgium, the mandolin workshop at the New Acoustic Gallery and other local workshops. Also, Jesper’s book on

 Bluegrass improvisation (released by Mel Bay in spring 2010) has been a great success, with more then 5,000 copies


Jesper is devoted to developing his own style and sound while playing everything from traditional and modern bluegrass

 to swing and jazz.