This workshop is centered on sharing as many of
the Traditional British (Child) Ballads as we can. These are very old,
anonymous, narrative (story-telling) songs, such as Barbara Allen, The
Great Silkie, The Cruel Mother, John Riley, or Tam Lin. Everyone who
attends will have a chance to sing a ballad. Usually, each story is sung
acappella by only one person, though there may be a chorus for everyone.
A handout will be available to help folks translate and pronounce some
Scots words found in many ballads.
Sadie Damascus grew up hearing ballads on records, mainly, in rural
Vermont. She collects new and different versions of lots of ballads,
and delights in synopsizing the story before singing it, to enhance understanding.
She lives on the Russian River, where she copy-edits, grows herbs, and
reads stories Sunday nights on Radio KGGV (streaming at www.kggvfm.org).