October 9, 2020



Sore Fingers with Mike Compton – Bluegrass and Old Time Mandolin tuition themed around the playing of Bill Monroe.

Course details:

This course is run in collaboration with Sore Fingers Summer Schools who have built, over the last Twenty Four years, an enviable and worldwide reputation for running some of the best music camps around.

This event will feature Mandolinist Mike Compton who will teach a class themed around the playing of Bill Monroe.  There is no one better in the Bluegrass world who has studied and developed Bill’s style of playing.  Mike is an expert!  

Mike has studied and deciphered all there is know about this playing style and he has developed it far beyond what Bill did in his long life as leading Bluegrass mandolinist.  Mike is a wonderful mandolin player in his own right and has taught several times at Sore Fingers week to great acclaim.

Courses are limited to 20 people and will combine daily classroom sessions where you will be taught by our expert tutor and other session that might include talks, and lectures. There will not be a programme of concerts except for a tutor performance to close out the week. Please note classes will be held in English.

Other Scheduled Activities

It is anticipated that a couple of scheduled visits to towns or local attraction will be programmed. There are many options from local walks to visits to historical locations.


Mandolin Magazine calls him a player with “a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin…one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere”.  He’s Mike Compton–Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist; solo, duo and band performer; and as passionate a teacher and advocate for the mandolin as you’re ever likely to find. The New York Times calls Compton, “a new bluegrass instrumental hero.”

Born in Meridian, Mississippi (hometown to the legendary Jimmie Rodgers) in 1956, Mike grew up hearing old-time country music, and took up the mandolin as a teenager.

Read Mike’s full biography


mike Compton

Cost per person: Twin Room single occupancy £1,500
 / Twin Room Shared £1,250
 / Large room four 4 occupants £1,000

All inclusive – Six night stay in stunning boutique accommodation. Delicious meals. All soft drinks. Local wine and beer with dinner.

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