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Traditional Song Week - July 9-15, 2017

Traditional Song Week realizes a dream of a comprehensive program completely devoted to traditional styles of singing. Unlike programs where singing takes a back seat to the instrumentalists, it is the entire focus of this week, which aims to help restore the power of songs within the larger traditional music scene. Here, nally, is a place where you can develop and grow in con dence about your singing, and have lots of fun with other folks devoted to their own song journeys. Come gather with us to explore various traditional song genres under the guidance of experienced, top-notch instructors. When singers gather together, magical moments are bound to happen!

For our tenth year, Traditional Song Week is proud to present a gathering of highly influential singers and musicians who have remained devoted over the years to preserving and promoting traditional song. Back by popular demand, Tuesday evening will be our big hoedown for a Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Honk-Tonk and Blues Song and Dance Night. Imagine singing to a house band of Josh Goforth, Brian Christianson, Tim May, Rev. Robert Jones, Matt Watroba or Mark Weems. So wear your boots and hats, bring your voices and instruments, and get ready to bring on the fun! Our Community Gathering Time each day just after lunch affords us the opportunity to experience together, as a group, diverse topics concerning our shared love of traditional song. This year’s Community Gathering Time will feature interviews of Irish singers Cathy Jordan and Len Graham by Thistle and Shamrock radio host Fiona Ritchie, who will air the programs on her show later in the year. It’s always a special treat watching her in action! Rev. Robert Jones will present the life of Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly), the “King of the 12 String Guitar.” We’ll watch the new Carter Family movie, The Winding Stream, together, and finish the week with a panel discussion of Songs from the Civil Rights Movement. As requested by students, we will again feature some classes in singing with instruments (guitar, mandolin and fiddle). Brian and Nicole Christianson will join us again to teach classes in singing with the fiddle and mandolin. Tim May will be back to teach a Carter Family guitar class while Rev. Robert Jones will teach a blues guitar class. A very special welcome to new sta Ciarán Sheehan and Reggie Harris, and we are honored to have back the sta members who add so much to our programs: Cathy Jordan, Sheila Kay Adams, Matt Watroba, Mark Weems, Len Graham, Josh Goforth, Melissa Hyman, Fiona Ritchie, Rev. Robert Jones, Brian and Nicole Christianson and Tim May. This summer we offer classes in gospel, bluegrass, Carter Family songs, songs from Ireland, England and Scotland, North Carolina mountain ballads, blues, honky-tonk, African songs, finding your voice and own style, choosing your songs, performance, shape-note, duet harmony, music theory, community singing, singing with instruments, children’s songs and more! The week will also feature nightly concerts and singing sessions, the Old Farmers Ball dance, a wonderful Children’s Program, ample opportunities to mix with other singers, and midday Community Gathering times. Bring a friend and come join us for a week you will never forget!