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Music and Song Workshops


Songwriting for Kids by Hali Hammer
Sea Shanties by Richard Adrianowicz & Peter Kasin Chorus Songs from the British Isles by Dick Holdstock
Mountain Dulcimer by Peter Trommerup Celtic Guitar by William Coulter
Pub Songs by Riggy Rackin Round Robin Songs for Children (all ages) by Nancy Schimmel
Instant Chorus by Daniel Steinberg Songwriting by Michael McNevin
Family Concert by Harmony Grits Concertina by Riggy Rackin & Bob Tedrow
Gaelic Songs for Non-Gaelic Speakers by Mary McLaughlin Bluegrass Band by Strung Over!
Irish Music Sing Along by Jessica Bryan & Tom Clunie Beginning Rhythm for Swing Guitar by Tom Murray
Dulcimer by Neal Hellman Songs of the Hills and Hollars by Laura & Paul Barnett
Songwriting by C. J. MacDuffee Tap Dancing (all ages) by Natasha Haugnes
Harp Showcase by Maureen Brennan, Anita Farley & friends Harmonica by Myron Grossman & John Tuttle
Musical Saw by Charlie Blacklock Music and Movement for Youngsters by Gayle Schmitt
Guitar Strumming for Beginners by Karen Imperial Chord Construction, Interesting Progressions by Vic Saravia
60's Folk Jam by Jim & Rose Hudson Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle by Kathrine Gardner
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Folksongs of U.S. Women's History by Estelle Freedman

From lullabies to protest songs, learn history by singing along.

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Songwriting for Kids by Hali Hammer

Are you a kid who would like to know how to start writing songs? Are you an adult who would like to work on kid's songs? During this workshop, we'll discuss topics, choose a theme, and write a song (this HAS been done successfully before at this festival!!). Hali Hammer, an experienced songwriter and immature adult, will share her expertise and guide you through the process - and we'll have fun!!

Hali Hammer has been living and playing in the Bay Area since 1984. She is a singer-songwriter and has won several awards for her songwriting ability. She sings with Freedom Song Network and for many causes. She also plays out in the area. Hali has a monthly pot luck jam the 1st Sunday of the month that is listed in the Folknik. Tapes and CDs are in the lobby! She is accompanied by her partner, Randy Berge, on lead guitar.

 

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Sea Shanties by Richard Adrianowicz & Peter Kasin

Sea shanties were the work songs of sailors before the invention of steam driven ships. They were used to coordinate the hoisting of sails, general hauling, and work at the capstan (raising the anchor), among others shipboard duties. Richard Adrianowicz and Peter Kasin will briefly describe the different types of shanties and their use but the workshop will primary consist of as much singing as possible. Audience participation is encouraged.

Richard Adrianowicz

Richard's interest in traditional music began in the early 70s. He was part of several groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, the best known of which was Out of the Rain with whom he recorded two studio cassettes, "A Common Treasury" and "Song of the Wage Slave." Richard also produced a cd of the band, a compilation of live recordings comprised of songs and tune sets not found on the two cassettes. Most recently, Richard performed with Ricky Rackin in the nautical duet "R&R Ashore."

Richard has had an interest in sea music early on, having been inspired by hearing Jon Bartlett and Dick Holdstock at the San Diego Folk Festival around 1976. He is one of the regular shanty singers at San Francisco's Hyde Street Pier, which just celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the monthly shanty sings held aboard either the schooner C.A. Thayer or the square-rigger Balclutha. Richard has just released a solo CD of sea shanties and sea songs which features a chorus of singers from Hyde Street Pier.

Peter Kasin

Peter Kasin was raised in Berkeley, where he was exposed to folk music at an early age. He took up Irish fiddling in late 1985, and soon after, Scottish fiddling, inspired by hearing Alasdair Fraser perform. In 1989, Peter went to his first chantey sing at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park after being inspired by a recording of Ewan MacColl and A.L. Lloyd. In the summer, 1991, before getting hired at Park, he crewed aboard a sailing replica of the BOUNTY, visiting East Coast ports and learning from local chantey singers. Peter currently leads the monthly chantey sings at the Maritime Park and organizes music for the Park's Festival Of The Sea. He, along with bandmates Shay Black, Dick Holdstock, and Riggy Rackin, is a member of the sea music band Nauticus, and is also active in the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers. Peter's fiddle and voice can be heard on several maritime music recordings. His love of traditional music is almost exceeded by his love of Chinese and Italian food.

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Instant Chorus by Daniel Steinberg

4-part international choral music for singers of ALL abilities.

The World Harmony Chorus performs choral music from African, South American, European, and American Gospel traditions, and is an outgrowth of a new choral program at the Mountain View-based Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA). Daniel Steinberg, the founder and director, has been a teaching and performing musician with many Bay Area folk ensembles, including the Hillbillies from Mars, for over twenty years. With the establishment of this chorus, he brings to fruition his vision of community building through music. Members come from the southern and central Peninsula, and as far away as San Francisco and the East Bay. The choir is open to everyone, with no prior singing experience required; for information on joining in September, e-mail daniel@InstantHarmony.com or call CSMA at (650) 961-0342.

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Family Concert by Harmony Grits

The Harmony Grits is a longstanding bluegrass band from Santa Cruz. The group has forged a sound based on classic cobwebby bluegrass and early rural radio sounds blended with flights of fancy, original songs, and tunes from the recent era. You will also find their kid's shows frequently featured at the finest festivals.

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Songwriting by Michael McNevin

Michael McNevin's songs read like short stories; sometimes familiar, sometimes strange, but always vivid, with a pure eye for Americana. A tireless traveler and troubadour, McNevin plays the stages of clubs and festivals across the U.S., penning numerous and poignant tales of the people and towns he comes across. His live shows are full of stories from the road, highlighting a melodic, seasoned voice, intricate guitar work, and a down-to-earth sense of humor. Michael has won a succession of songwriting awards, including the Kerrville, Napa Valley, and Columbia River New-Folk Competitions.

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Pub Songs by Riggy Rackin


Riggy Rackin has been squeezing sweetness out of a little box for over 30 years. Performing Nautical, Pastoral & Pub Song, he's been a stalwart salt of the Hyde Street Chantey Sings, Berkeley's Starry Plough, and San Francisco's own authentic British folkclub, The Castle.

His instrumental group, NAUTICUS, offers its unique "Sweet Music of the Salt Sea" to enliven any event.

Riggy has recently taken a new direction and produced a CD of shape-note, seaman's mission, and Eastern European sacred songs, titled "Search Hills and Valleys Through.

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Dulcimer by Neal Hellman

Celtic Ballads & Slow Airs for Mountain Dulcimer.

Gourd Music
PO Box 585
Felton CA 95018
http://www.gourd.com

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Songs of the Hills and Hollars by Laura & Paul Barnett

Traditional songs from the Appalachian Mountains.

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Bluegrass Band by Strung Over!

Bluegrass band dissected: How it all works (with StrungOver!)

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Gaelic Songs for Non-Gaelic Speakers by Mary McLaughlin

"Singing in Irish Gaelic" for anyone - a phonetic and aural approach is used.

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Beginning Rhythm for Swing Guitar by Tom Murray

Throw out your capo and swing!

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Irish Music Sing Along by Jessica Bryan & Tom Clunie

Jessica Bryan & Tom Clunie will lead an Irish music sing-a-long. Chorus lyric sheets will be passed out.

Please bring your favorite Irish song to share. Scottish or English songs okay too.

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Songwriting by C. J. MacDuffee

Lighthearted exercises, discussions: encouraging original song.

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Tap Dancing (all ages) by Natasha Haugnes

Easy routines--any shoes will do.

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Harp Showcase by Maureen Brennan, Anita Farley & friends

Irish and Scottish Harp.

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Harmonica by Myron Grossman & John Tuttle

Come to play with a C or D harmonica.

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Mountain Dulcimer by Peter Trommerup

Easy, fun and rewarding to play.

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Guitar Strumming for Beginners by Karen Imperial

Focusing on different strumming techniques from the heart!

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Chord Construction, Interesting Progressions by Vic Saravia

For beginners to advanced: all instruments.

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Music and Movement for Youngsters by Gayle Schmitt

Come sing and move along to tunes from Gayle's award winning CD "everything is a song!" as well as traditional folk tunes - join in the fun with the Lemonade squish, Polar Bear stomp and the chicken kitchen dance!

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Celtic Guitar by William Coulter

Beginning/Intermediate DADGAD guitar - In this workshop we will explore the basics of playing Irish music on the guitar in DADGAD tuning. Solo fingerstyle arrangements of airs and dance tunes and the basics of accompanying dance music in DADGAD, strumming with a pick will be covered.

All levels are welcome!

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60's Folk Jam by Jim & Rose Hudson

60's Folk Rock - Everly Bros. & CSN (Crosby, Stills & Nash).

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Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle by Kathrine Gardner

Kathrine Gardner, Bay Area dance fiddler for the past decade and a half, will lead an intermediate old-time fiddle workshop. "Intermediate" means being able to hear and play back simple phrases of melody. Other old-time instruments are welcome, but we'll focus on fiddle tricks to get that old-timey sound.

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