World of the Ballad
Casey Casebeer
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Music 2 - Room #108


Puzzling things happen in old songs. Is it really credible that you wouldn't recognize your own true love when he returns from war? Why does a dying person always seem to ask someone to make his bed? Why are there so many ballads about rape, and why do the victims inevitably ask the young man's name? We'll talk about the ballad tradition as a living thing, dependent on a particular 'habitat': the pre-industrial rural community. Casey will describe or sing excerpts of various ballads to illustrate. Participants will be encouraged to sing excerpts from their own repertoire to support their personal discoveries about the world of the ballad. A take-home handout will provide suggested reading.

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.