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Miss Polly Bolton
Miss Polly Bolton

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First Class BA Hons Theatre & Performance
Instruments: Mandolin
Banjo (clawhammer)
Genre/Style(s): Old time, bluegrass, folk, Celtic, Irish
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


I first picked up the mandolin when I was a child and I have been touring internationally in various line ups since my early teens.

I am endorsed by Eastman™ ( and I play an MD815-SB.

My current projects include Celtic/bluegrass crossover group The Magpies, with award winning guitarist and singer, Bella Gaffney, fiddle player Holly Brandon and acclaimed cellist Sarah Smout.

I also perform with English singer-songwriter Dan Webster as part of his 6-piece band.

I have been teaching mandolin in my home city of York, UK to students of many ages and backgrounds for the past two years. I also teach at YSJ university as part of the undergrad Music degree.

I tend to teach mainly one-to-one lessons in folk, old-time, bluegrass & Celtic mandolin, as well as clawhammer banjo, offering a range of technique tutoring, tunes, exercises and songs.

My teaching approach is primarily an aural one, as is the rich tradition of these styles of music, but I do provide both notation and tablature as a reference for my students to take home. I provide recordings of all tunes and exercises we are currently working on, as well as recording the students themselves at their request to further their progress.

Contact Polly

Address: Cambridgeshire
Phone: 07983666480
Mobile: 07983666480
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00

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