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Topic: Workshops - 2013

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.

TRADITIONAL BALLADS from the Child Collection
Saturday 11:30 - 1 pm, Vermilion 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, Hard Row, Chris Roe, and Emily & Lyn Van Lidth de Jeude.

THE BLUES
Saturday 12 - 1 pm, Museum 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 Jason Gasparetto, Barry Hall, Orville Murphy and Henk Piket.

KIDS’ LORE AND CAMP SONGS
Saturday 1 – 2 pm, Museum Stage
This is a participatory workshop designed to tap into your childhood memories. It focuses on informal games such as “Red Rover”, or rhymes such as “Eeny Meeny Miney Mo” that you learned as a child. It also focuses on summer camp songs such as “Fire’s Burning” or “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More”. Host Rika Ruebsaat will get the ball rolling by sharing a few of her own memories in hopes that she’ll trigger yours.  She will then call upon audience members to share the songs, rhymes and games of their own childhoods. You don’t need to be a singer or even remember all the words. This is not a performance but a conversation between the past and the present.

SHANTY SESSION
Saturday 2 – 3 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! John Gothard, North by West, Shanghaied on the Willamette, Phillip Tidd, Brian Robertson and many more.

SONGS AND TUNES OF LA FRANCOPHONIE
Sunday 10 –11 am, 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 Jeanette Angel, Claire Boucher and Lyn Pinkerton.

FIVE BANJOS
Sunday 10:30 - 12 pm,Vermilion 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.  Barry Hall, Tim Hall, Stuart James, Dave Marshall and Jerry Middaugh.

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!  Blackthorn, Claddach, Et Tu Fluté, Stewart Hendrickson, Irish Wakers, Stuart James, Port na Gael, the Psycho Acoustic Ceili Band, Chris Roe and Triskele.

FIVE FIDDLES
Sunday 3 – 4 pm, Museum Stage
The fiddle is the powerhouse of the band and the centrepiece of the session. Today’s fiddlers are Gerry Bradley of Port na Gael, Annie Brown of PsychoAcoustic Ceili Band, Mary Brunner of The Irish Wakers, Michael Burnyeat and Rosie Carver of Blackthorn.