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Topic: WORKSHOPS -2012

The Festival presents concerts by individual performing groups and also workshops.  A workshop focuses on a particular topic and is presented by a panel of singers and musicians who are on the stage at the same time.  A host will introduce the panel and guide the workshops.

IRISH JAM
Sunday 1 – 2 pm, Vermilion Stage
Put a bunch of passionate Celtic fiddlers, guitar players, flautists, pipers, and the like on stage together and see what happens!  Claddach, ErRatica, Stewart Hendrickson, Lynn Graves, Bryn Wilkin, Nathan Hayward, Randy Vic, Becky Deryckx and the Psycho Acoustic Ceili Band.

THE TRADITIONAL BALLADS
Saturday 11 - 12 pm, Museum Stage
Ballads are songs that tell stories.  Traditional ballads are ones that have been passed down over hundreds of years telling stories of love, murder and passion.  Today’s balladeers are Rosaleen Gregory, Sarah Scouten, Penny Sidor, and Phillip Tidd.

THE BLUES
Sunday 3.30 – 4.30 pm, Vermilion Stage
Emerging from the field calls and chants of slavery days, the Blues became a popular commercial music among blacks in the 1920’s and 30’s until it eventually spilled over to embrace us all.  Sharing this music today are Mike Ballantyne & Rick Van Krugel, Mike & Nakos Marker, Henk Piket, and Barry Truter

SONGS AND TUNES OF LA FRANCOPHONIE
Sunday 3.30 – 4.30 pm, Museum Stage
France is the motherland of “La Francophonie” and Quebec, Acadia, Louisiana, and many other places are its children.  Sharing this music today are, Suzanne Leclerc, Lyn Pinkerton, Chris Roe, Judith Heather & Rich Williams, and Rika Ruebsaat.

SHANTY SESSION
Saturday 2 - 2:30 pm, Gazebo next to Vermilion Stage
In the days of the tall ships sailors used to sing songs called “shanties” while they worked.  Shanties provided the rhythm that went with a particular job as well as giving sailors extra “oomph” to raise a sail or haul up the anchor. They’re great fun to sing along with, so join the throng under the gazebo! Jon Bartlett & Rika Ruebsaat, John Gothard, Dick & Carol Holdstock, Henk Piket, Chris Roe, Phillip Tidd, Simon Trevelyan, Barry Truter, and many more

FIVE BANJOS
Sunday 11 - 12 pm, Museum Stage
There are many jokes about banjos, but when played well they are a joy to the ear.  This session features five banjo virtuosos who will delight you with their frailing and fingerpicking.  Stuart James, David Lowther, Dave Marshall, Cameron Stewart and Bryn Wilkin.

FREE REED
Sunday 2.30 – 3.30 pm, Vermilion Stage
Everything here from tiny harmonicas to huge accordions!  Chris Roe hosts, and is joined by accordion players from the Orkestar Slivovica and from Something About Reptiles, Alison Humphries, Ben Meti, John Gothard, Phillip Tidd, and Rich Williams

THE NINETY NINE PER CENT
Saturday 12 - 1 pm, Vermilion Stage
With the Arab Spring, the student struggle in Quebec and our own struggle here in Princeton for quality health care in mind, the songs of the ninety-nine per cent were never more relevant.  Here to share them with you are The Diggers, Mike Marker, Lemon Gin and members of the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir.

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Re: WORKSHOPS -2012

There's also Princeton musicians in HOMEGROWN TRADITIONS, hosted by Larry Saidman.

This music swap, consisting of Princeton musicians and singers performing traditional material, was presented with astounding success last year!  This year everybody’s back, and with some new faces.