Current Projects

Alison runs private lessons in folk fiddle, violin, piano, ukulele and composition. Regular lessons are based in Bristol, occasional lessons can be arranged anywhere. For more information please visit Alison’s teaching website.

She also provides folk music and dance workshops for schools and communities, including maypole dance and shanty singing. For more information please visit Alison’s Folk Music Workshops and Fun School Workshops websites.


Alison has been a tutor for Shooting Roots for nine years, providing music workshops for young people at folk festivals:

First rehearsal of ‘Rolling Down To Old Maui’, by Shooting Roots at Broadstairs Folk Week 2015

Coming soon: regular folk workshops in Bristol, teaching a variety of skills and instruments to musicians of all ages and abilities. For more information and/or to register your interest please visit the Bristol Folk Project website.


Recent Projects

Project Leader for Call Me Ceilidh – Cambridgeshire Music’s two-year Ultimate Ceilidh Band project for young people in Cambridgeshire, supported by Youth Music. (2013-2015)

The Dancing Bear & Jenny Nettles, in rehearsal by Call Me Ceilidh – with tutors Alison Rowley and Pete Ord

Lead tutor for the Tri Folk Project – working with student ensembles in West London in partnership with the Tri Borough Music Hub and English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). (2014)

Nonesuch, performed by the Junior Orchestra – with tutors Alison Rowley and Dave Delarre

Upton-upon-Severn Stick Dance, performed by the Senior Orchestra – with tutors Alison Rowley and Dave Delarre


Lead tutor for the Morris Monday Project – with EFDSS and the Camden Music Hub, introducing folk music to Camden Training Orchestra by playing a simplified movement of Alison’s Morris Monday fantasia and two related morris dance tunes. (2013-2014)

Highland Mary, performed by Camden Training Orchestra – with tutors Alison Rowley and Deb Chalmers

Cuckoo’s Nest, performed by Camden Training Orchestra – with tutors Alison Rowley and Deb Chalmers

Ran the Rainbow Music Folk Band, giving (mostly) adult learners in South Essex the opportunity to rehearse, arrange and perform folk music in a large ensemble. (2012-14)

For a fuller list of Alison’s recent projects, including non-folk projects, please click here.