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Blues Jam with Roger Hammer
Participants are invited to play and sing blues/folk songs with Roger, and lead songs of their own if they wish. Acoustic guitars, banjos, fiddles, basses, harmonicas, song flutes, and hand percussion with their respective owners' voices are all welcome.
Slow Irish Jam with Mirella Murray, Mary Coogan and Kathleen Boyle of Cherish the Ladies
Song Circle with Fred Heagy and Joe Cooney
Shape Note Singing with Robin Bannerji & Maria Cramer
Shape note singing is full-voiced, energetic, and deeply emotional a cappella harmony designed for beginners to pick up and sing. It originated in early American Christian congregational singing, and while the themes — struggle, love, death, and devotion — are intense, they are deeply resonant in every age. In this workshop, we will orient singers to the form of shape note singing using the most popular songbook, The Sacred Harp, and teach the class how to lead songs in the center of the hollow square. A regular sing will follow the singing school.
Robin Banerji and Maria Cramer have been singing shape note music in community for three years, attending numerous all-day sings and conventions on the East Coast of the United States and abroad. They have led singing schools at several dance weekends, including Head for the Hills in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Dandelion Romp in Oberlin, Ohio.