Ireland, Appalachia, and the Ocean Between Them
The weekend of May 12, in Hollidaysburg, PA (16648), I’m hosting a three part musical weekend.
On Sat. (May 12), from 1:30-4:30ish: The 4th Central PA Sea Shanty Sing.
We had about 45 folks last time. It was loud, raucous, and fun (and kid-friendly). While there were many good singers among us, no experience or talent is required (only enthusiasm). The songs are sung acapella, and lyrics are provided.
Here’s a sample if you’re inclined to watch: http://youtu.be/dA7rZ1-ZE2g
Potluck supper to follow, or there are several restaurants within walking distance, if you plan to stay for the concert and need a break.
Saturday evening (probably 6:30-8PM), settle in for a house concert by the husband/wife team of Julee Glaub and Mark Weems, known together as Little Windows. They mix Appalachian, Irish, Old-Time Gospel, and traditionally-based originals with a special focus on unaccompanied ballads. They perform nationally and abroad and focus on pure voice and tight harmony.
Mark (who runs the North Carolina School of Traditional Music) is steeped in the Old-Time tradition, while Julee (who directs the Traditional Song Week at Swannanoa Gathering) centers herself in the Traditional Irish realm. Together they create a rare harmonic sound.
Sunday morning, May 13 (probably 10:30-noon), Mark and Julee will offer a workshop in Traditional Appalachian and Irish Ballad Singing.
There is much to see and hear at their website: http://www.littlewindows.net
The Shanty Party is free (although there’ll be a Baby-sitter Kitty, and a pot-luck offering if you stay for supper).
$12 for the House Concert
$10 for the Ballad Singing Workshop ($15 if you just want to come Sunday morning)
From the last Shanty Party