Folk Vocals and Harmony
by Lauren Sheehan
Class will focus on: tone production, finding & holding
a part, the magic of blend, & stylistic/genre variations".
Expect to do a lot of singing, to go through some
vocal exercises exploring why or why not to do them, to sing through
a couple of songs with organized
harmony, some free harmony and to play with stylistic tone awareness
and shaping. Vocal coaching may be incorporated, depending on number
of participants, etc. Singers of all levels are welcome.
Lauren grew up in New England where she studied
classical guitar as a child and became infected by the spirit of fiddle
music at contra dances in western Massachusetts. She wrote her thesis
on American folk music at Reed College before spending a number of years
playing in small ensembles while founding, administering, and teaching
in independent schools. During this time, she toured in New England,
Ireland and the Pacific Northwest. She retired from teaching in 2003
and dedicated herself to full-time performing and recording. One look
at her website, shows the variety of club, concert, and festival dates
she performs, in solo, duo, and trio configurations and with the old
blues band Eagle Ridin' Papas.