Bluescamp UK is a three-day learning experience of Blues, Rock and Jazz for vocalists, saxophonists, guitarists (electric and acoustic), bassists, drummers and keyboard players of all ages and abilities.

 
 

Meet like-minded, music loving people in a nurturing environment at Tonbridge School in Kent, and enjoy playing, learning, developing and generally having a great time! We will assess your level of playing to ensure you get the most from your time at Bluescamp UK and so that we can tailor your time with us.

We cater to each individual’s needs as much as possible, from beginners to advanced musicians. Each year the days are structured to suit you, making it a relaxing and enjoyable weekend for everyone. The weekend culminates in a live performance where groups debut songs written over the 3 days.

Informal lessons and practical workshops cover aspects of contemporary music, including chords, scales and uses in performance-related areas and improvisation. There is a section on songwriting where you will be able to perform your own work as part of a band.

Subjects covered in the three-day course include live performance tips, chord and scale theory, bass playing, drumming and singing. This is by no means a definitive list, however. Ultimately, our tutors tailor the experience around you and what it is you want to achieve. We aim to make it a fun experience!

 

 

Visit our blog to get a taste for previous Bluescamp weekends.


The Course

 

The weekend will follow a flexible schedule, depending on the attendees, the skill levels and the types of things people would like to do. It all culminates in a live performance on the Sunday, at the end of the weekend, where bands will play a few numbers and also debut songs that they've written over the weekend.

 
 

Subjects covered include

Live Performance Tips / Chord Theory / Scale Theory / Bass Playing / Drumming / Singing / Song Writing / Different Rhythms / Studio vs. Stage / Care of Equipment / Practice technique / Music History (Blues & More) / ...and more!

 

The Tutors

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VIC HYLAND - COURSE DIRECTOR

Guitar & Vocals

Vic is known for his educational work with the guitar, and his research work into creativity in music. He is an international examiner for the Registry of Guitar Tutors and a prolific and versatile songwriter. Through nurturing new talent in his teaching and lectures, he has had a considerable influence on many up and coming musicians. Amongst his teaching methods is the use of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). His interest in the consciousness and creativity has led to the book Art of Practice and the CD Creativity and Health that deals with the areas of learning and the problems with education within society. Vic is a director of 440 Music Ltd, a company that teaches guitar to group classes.

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GRANT TUNBRIDGE

Bass

Grant is a founding member of the Nicky Moore’s Blues Corporation and toured extensively in the UK and Europe. He recorded five albums with Nicky Moore and has appeared on BBC 1 Lakesiders and Paul Jones Radio 2 in session. The band was voted ‘Blues Band of the Year’ in 2000 by Radio 2 listeners. Grant has also written songs that have been played on Radio 2 and local radio stations. He has released his own CD Onwards and Upwards and continues to write and perform. Grant teaches guitar and bass at various schools in Kent, coaches Rock school groups and works with children/adults with learning needs. Grant is also a director of 440 Music Ltd. 

Visit Grant's website

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SAM KELLY

Drums

Voted British Blues Connection “Drummer of the Year” for five years running, Sam can regularly be seen drumming with Geoff Achison, Papa George Band, Empire State and Garry Moore amongst others. In between all of this, Sam works with his own band, Station House. A versatile, creative and energetic player, Sam has toured Europe with the likes of Billy Ocean. His theatre engagements include the West End Production of 125th Street (2002-2003), The Blues Brothers (1997) UK Tour, Ain't Misbehavin, Blues In The Night and many more. TV & film credits include: Thats Life, Not the Nine O’Clock News and Ebony. Currently freelance, Sam continues to work in the UK and overseas, also running music workshops.

 

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CHRIS PENFOLD

Keyboards

At the age of five, Chris was playing piano. At eight, he had a music scholarship at King’s School Rochester and aged fifteen was playing in bands. He graduated with a degree in Music Technology and Performance and went on to teach music at schools in Essex and London. He now runs his own company Liaison Management, a music studio that manages bands and solo artists. Chris continues to play in many bands and has gigged at the Jazz Café in Camden and other well-known London venues. He has experience of putting on large musical events, recording live and in the studio and in encouraging others to pursue their own musical dreams and aspirations.

Visit Chris' website

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TOM KNIGHT

Voice Coach

Tom started singing and playing instruments from a very early age. He began exercising his vocal talents with Rochester Cathedral Choir, which paved the way to his singing career. As well as a talented singer, Tom is a prolific writer of music. He has a busy music teaching practice in schools as well as giving private tuition. Tom also finds time to gig in the duo Da Capo, who's more memorable gigs include a fundraising event at the Hazlitt theatre in Maidstone with the "Cheeky Girls" as support (cheeky cheeky). 

Visit Tom's website

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JOE MARTIN

Drums, Guitar & any other instrument you care to mention

Joe is the latest addition to the Bluescamp tutors. His skills are invaluable over the weekend as he can play nearly any instrument you throw at him and he seems to do it with consummate ease. He also has great theoretical knowledge. His weakness is acquiring new instruments and we are surprised he can fit them all in his house.Joe plays drums in a band with Vic and Mike but his main love is the bass guitar which he plays in numerous other groups.
 

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MIKE KILGOUR
COURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Guitar

Mike has been involved with Bluescamp since it's inception in 2007. His main role is that of organizing the event and all the administration that goes with it whilst still finding time to play and teach guitar. Looking after the tutors is like herding cats sometimes so he has his work cut out in maintaining some sense of order (drummers are the worst!). Mike's second in command is Alan who keeps a constant stream of caffeine flowing throughout the weekend. Mike has been playing guitar in a band with Vic and Joe for the last 6 years.

What people say

Ok, you love music and you want to sing or play an instrument and perform with other like minded people under the tutelage of some amazing professionals. Be prepared to experience this and much more in a jam packed weekend. Tina Turner summed it up, Simply the Best!
— Marios Joshephidou
I’m in for 2018!! Many thanks to the tutors for all the hard work organising this year’s Bluescamp. I think you’ve created something quite special. I soon relaxed into it - the camaraderie and support from both the tutors and the fellow students was inspiring. I look forward to seeing you next year!
— Kevin
Thank you for such a fantastic weekend. As a newbie, I was nervous as to what I had let myself in for but was made to feel welcome by all tutors and participants.
See you next year!
— Ade
I had the most amazing time as usual. Definitely count me in for next year. Thanks for organising such an awesome weekend.
— Conti
What an awesome weekend! Thank you to all the bluescampuk regulars, teachers and guest professionals for a fabulous creative and challenging weekend. Loved all of it! See you next year!
— Ann Kenney
Don’t change a thing!
— Ron Leagas
Made work extremely boring on Monday!
— Dave & Eva
I didn’t know I could sing!
— Timothy Bell
Wonderfully creative!
— Jon Hughes