Traditional Singing Styles
Sharyn Dimmick, noted singer of traditional ballads,
presents a workshop on traditional singing styles. She will discuss the
two main components of mastering a singing style, which are listening
to the style and practicing singing in the style. Her workshop will feature
guest Richard Adrianowicz, who will present material on Irish singing
styles and guest Carol Denney, who will give an introduction to the Primitive
Baptist singing style.
Sharyn has loved traditional folksongs since she first heard them in
her childhood, and has studied folksong formally at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She founded a Berkeley-based group that
meets monthly to sing traditional ballads. She has one recording, a cassette
tape produced in 1998 that features traditional ballads, folksongs and
a gospel hymn as well as original compositions. She currently has a CD
("Paris") in process, which features traditional ballads and
songs, originals and covers.