with Sadie Damascus
The ballads I like to share are the old, traditional
story songs of the British Isles, full of ritual and magic and great
doings. The story is the thing; anyone can sing it, and almost any tune
will work. Everyone is encouraged to take a turn singing, and we'll try
to sing as many different stories as possible. I like to tell the song's
story briefly before I sing, especially with kids, or if the ballad is
of Scottish origin and accent. This simple, ancient music fascinates
with the details of our ancestors' lives who sent them down to us.
Songbooks are permitted but not encouraged.
Sadie Damascus is a folksinger who specializes in
the Child Ballads and other traditional music.