Ballads & Their Descendants
Casey Casebeer & Sadie Damascus
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Music 2 - Room #108

The ballads came to America with the first settlers. The industrial revolution and urbanization in the UK, emigration of Irish and Scots to the US, and isolation in the Appalachians and on the Western frontier were all evolutionary pressures that changed and shortened the ballads into the kind of songs that people in these new environments needed to sing. "Lord Randall" influenced the children's songs "Billy Boy" and "Green and Yaller"; "Twa Corbies" influenced "All the Pretty Little Horses" and "Billy McGee McGaw"; the punch line of "The Elfin Knight" became an entire song, "I Gave My Love a Cherry"; and one memorable image from "The Lass of Loch Royal" became "Who's going to shoe your pretty little foot". Casey and Sadie will sing ballads along with a related song, and there will be time for you to discuss and sing examples of your own.

Casey has been singing the traditional ballads of the British Isles and America since the age of 7 when she fell in love with "The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies-O." She has facilitated ballad workshops at the SFFMC's New Year's music camp, the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival, and the Portland Folk Music Society's annual Singtime camp. She is currently recording Bay Area ballad singers and assembling a digital collection of tunes for the Child Ballads.

Sadie Damascus was born Sally Hyman in a little Vermont town with five seasons: winter, mud season, spring, bug season, and famously leaf-turning fall. She managed to grow up in a family full of musicians without ever learning to play an instrument, so singing is her main interest. She now lives in a little California town and enjoys new seasons: spring flowering, the long cool summer, the short hot summer, a few weeks of Harvest, and then Rain-cold-Rain-cold-Rain. She hosts two comedy radio shows (KGGV, KOWS) a week, and spends most of her time with her woodcarver husband, two elderly cats, Netflix, library books, Art, herbs, and various community projects, many of which include singing.