Cancelled due to Caronavirus. Stay safe & see you next year!

The 9th annual

Buxton Guitar Retreat
August 7th - 9th, 2020 - Buxton, England 


Beautiful historic setting in the Peak District of Derbyshire /
Individual instruction / Student performances / Inclusive & non-competitive  

The Buxton seminar focuses on practical approaches for developing technique and learning new repertoire from the early roots of the country blues masters to modern fingerstyle compositions. 

Our site for the weekend  is the  historic The Old Hall Hotel in the spa town of Buxton, in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, England.  It is the perfect location to create the relaxed an creative environment necessary for learning and taking musical chances. The goal is to develop a practical "toolbox" of techniques  and demystify the process of improvisation.

Some of the techniques include syncopated picking, creating chord melodies,  playing in open tunings, ways to develop your own sound. and how to create variations within a tune. The concepts will be illustrated through learning a wide-ranging repertoire of tunes including the arrangements of Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Eddie Lang as well as Woody's original compositions.  

The emphasis will also be on solo performances and playing in a group setting.  Saturday evening there will be a student concert. In addition to the scheduled morning and early afternoon sessions, there will be informal workshops and individual instruction.  The weekend is designed as a compliment to previous sessions with new material that will challenge returning students as well as new attendees.

This is a hands on practical workshop for people who want to take their music to the next level and learn some great tunes in the process.  Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. See you in Derbyshire for this always very special musical weekend retreat. - Woody


The Old Hall Hotel
The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire, England. SK17 6BD

Participants book their own accommodations. The hotel offers us a very good special inclusive rate for the weekend, including meals. Please email Jane Eagan at the hotel for information.
Here is some additional information about the Old Hall Hotel as well as information about other accommodations nearby.
Old Hall Hotel and the Peak District


Tuition / Online Registration
£390 GBP

Tuition includes all materials, recordings, Friday Dinner,  Saturday and Sunday lunch.

  • If you would like pay with a UK or USA bank transfer please email for bank details.
    We will send you a confirmation email with additional information once we receive your registration.

Friday August 7th, 2020
Afternoon Arrival / check in.
4 pm orientation, detailed schedule.
5-7pm evening session

Saturday August 8th
10 am- 6 pm
9pm- 11pm Informal performance / jam session

Sunday August 9th
10 am - 6pm

We look forward to meeting everyone
- Woody and Valerie