all day free fest

Join us for the final day of the Folklife Festival on Saturday, July 14

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Folk School Workshops


11:00    Joanne Rand  - Singing Into Being

 A vocal workshop in which Joanne will demonstrate exercises in sound, listening, movement, and breath … all tools for helping to access our voice. Emphasis is on spontaneity, group dynamics, and freeing up the inner authentic voice, creating a sense of community.

12:00   Tim Wilson -  Banjo

Multi-instrumentalist and one of the founding members of the Compost Mountain Boys, Tim will demonstrate some of the general principles of playing, including rolls and backup, as well as  rhythm variations such as waltz and swing styles, plus the etiquette of jamming.

1:00    Marty Dodd & Tim Wilson - Guitar Flatpicking

Old Dog’s Marty Dodd and Compost Mountain Boys’ Tim Wilson team up to teach such flatpicking concepts as how to get the best tone, play cleanly, backup playing, chord variations, picking variations, cross picking, sweet picking and chicken pickin’.

2:00   The Hossettes - Harmony Singing

Members of this bluegrass ensemble will teach this essential part of bluegrass singing.  They will talk about what harmony is, how it relates to guitar chords as well as other instruments, and the different ways to create harmonies.  All participants will get to sing. No experience necessary.

3:00  Rosalind Parducci & Summer McCall - Western Folk Fiddle Traditions

Summer and Rosalind will discuss and provide examples of a range of western fiddling styles, showing the intricate and unique voicings that make up the differences in Irish and Scottish fiddle styles, Scandinavian, and American Old Time, with a touch of western swing and blues fiddle as well. You need not have an instrument to attend this course.  It is an informative class, and students are encouraged to bring recording devices and/or notebooks.

4:00  DeAnna Sanders  - Hawaiian Ukulele Songs

DeAnna and her Humboldt Ukulele Group will show beginners and intermediate ukesters how to play both Hapa Haole and Hawaiian ukulele songs.  Don’t have an ukulele? No problem. DeAnna will bring some for you to play. And don’t be surprised if some hula dancing breaks out.