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| Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjoist, singer, and
scholar based in Takoma Park, Maryland. He has studied
with modern masters of Old-Time music, including Bruce
Molsky, Judy Hyman (of the Horse Flies), and Rhiannon
Giddens and Hubby Jenkins (of the Carolina Chocolate
Drops). In 2016, he became the first Black person to
make the finals at the Appalachian String Band Music
Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia, and the first to
win in the traditional band category.
In the first hour of this workshop, Jake will demonstrate styles of African-American Old-Time Music, explore its history, and answer questions. Then after a short break he will lead a facilitated jam, so either bring your instruments or stay to listen.
Park Slope, Brooklyn location. Seating limited, reservations required. For reservations, location, and directions please e-mail Rosalie Friend at a.friend (at) mindspring.com or call her at 718-965-4074. Fee payable on arrival: $12 for FMSNY members, students, or youth. $15 for everyone else.
|Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for a family-friendly open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening. At the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West (basement), Brooklyn (near 2nd St.). Directions (pdf format). Take F train to 7th Ave.; Q train to 7th Ave.; 2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza. Hosted by Ethical Culture and FMSNY, Alison Kelley, and Tom Weir. Info: 212-695-5924.|
Sean-Nós is Irish for Old-Style, and Sean-Nós songs
are by definition pieces of ancient Irish music passed
on through the ages from parent to child. Their
melodies, stories, and words often preceded literacy,
musical or otherwise. And yet they have survived, and
their value lies in their beauty of tone, timbre,
rhythm, melody and implied harmony as well as
inimitable ornamentation and the stories which serve
as a time-capsule into a life that is disappearing
quickly. The nostalgic themes of love of place,
romantic love, political upheaval, and celebrations of
sporting events from hunting and rowing to fishing and
football games, to poaching, dancing, making music,
and making potato cakes, form the fabric of Irish
rural life then and to a lesser extent, now. The
workshop will begin with Clare Horgan introducing
songs from each of the five Irish speaking areas of
Ireland. Two of these songs will be then be chosen as
the focus for the workshop, which will be learned and
sung together, with copies of words and some
background information supplied. All levels and ages
welcome. No prior knowledge of Irish is required.
Originally from Waterville on the breathtakingly beautiful Ring of Kerry, Clare grew up in a bilingual community on the edge of the Irish-speaking (Gaeltacht) area of Baile ‘n Sceilg. By the age of eleven, Clare had reached national level in the Fleadh Cheoil in the Sean-Nós category. From a childhood steeped in the rich tradition of Irish music, dance, and culture, Clare eventually branched out to become adept at jazz, country, rock, pop, and contemporary folk. Her roots nevertheless still run deep in the musical traditions of her native Ireland.
Jackson Heights, Queens, location. Seating limited, reservations required. For reservations, location, and directions please contact Eileen Pentel, eileen.pentel (at) gmail.com or 718-672-6399. Fee payable on arrival: $15 for FMSNY members, students, or youth. $20 for everyone else.
|Ed is known as a "song interpeter". He looks for the
hidden truths in songs, and sings them to us in a
manner that gives us a new meaning to old songs.
Usually playing guitar, and singing in a very gentle
manner, Ed is also an accomplished piano player. He
doesn't consider himself as a "professional" musician,
but he is indeed a professional in every sense of the
word. The songs he has recorded alone, with Anne Mayo
Muir and Gordon Bok, and with other artists are some
of the most beautiful ever recorded.
Upper West Side location. Reservations essential, contact Heather: hwood50 (at) aol.com or 646-628-4604. Contribution: General public $25; members $20.
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