Shenandoah Fringe Festival
Apr
9
to Apr 10

Shenandoah Fringe Festival

West of Roan presents: The Sealskin

The Sealskin is inspired by traditional shape-shifting stories from around the world.  Through shadow puppetry, song, and dance, the Sealskin explores the animal skin as a symbol of soul and wild power. What wounds are felt when mothers and grandmothers give up some of their wildness in order to have an idea of home? Can their children’s souls find wholeness? Can we love with freedom? The seal-woman’s children are asking.

April 9th - 12:30pm
April 10th- 3pm

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Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Jan
26
to Jan 28

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

  • Toyboat Community Art Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

West of Roan presents: The Sealskin

The Sealskin is inspired by traditional shape-shifting stories from around the world.  Through shadow puppetry, song, and dance, the Sealskin explores the animal skin as a symbol of soul and wild power. What wounds are felt when mothers and grandmothers give up some of their wildness in order to have an idea of home? Can their children’s souls find wholeness? Can we love with freedom? The seal-woman’s children are asking.

January 26th at 9pm
January 28th at 9pm

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BICYCLE TOUR!!!
Aug
1
to Oct 31

BICYCLE TOUR!!!

We will be bicycling throughout the Northeast carrying our fiddles and a new puppet show, camping out and song seeking along the way.

MAINE:
August 14th at 8pm
SAANDY's 208 Park Ave, Portland, ME

August 17th at 9pm
Maine Fiddle Camp- Montford, ME
http://www.mainefiddlecamp.org/

August 19th at 8pm
Waterfall Arts at Kindom Falls- Montague, ME

September 2nd at 11pm
*surprise show at the Belfast Contra Dance*

VERMONT:
September 16th at 6:30pm
Craftsbury Art House- Masonic Hall- Craftsbury, VT
http://www.vermontarthouse.org/

September 18th from 1-4pm- "Creating Harmonies" Singing workshop
Masonic Hall- Craftsbury

September 20th at 7:30
The Common House- Sterling College, Craftsbury, VT

September 23rd- The Mad Robin Contra Dance
*special intermission show* 8-11
First Congregational Church- Burlington, VT
http://www.madrobincallers.org/

September 24th at 8:30pm
Radio Bean- Burlington VT
http://www.radiobean.com/

September 27th at 6pm
Bagitos Bagels- Montpelier, VT
http://bagitos.com/index.html

September 30th at 7pm
Left Bank Books- Hanover, NH
http://www.leftbankbookshanover.com/

October 3rd at 7pm
The Putney School
https://www.putneyschool.org/

MA/NY/MD

October 14th at 7:30
with Mary Lauren Fraser and Marco DePaolis
Montague Grange
Montague, Massachusetts

October 16th at 7pm
Pioneer Valley Co-housing Community
Amherst, MA

October 22nd at 8:30pm
The Owl Parlor- Brooklyn, NY
http://theowl.nyc/

October 28th at 7pm
Four Hour Day Lutherie- Baltimore, MD
http://www.fourhourday.org/

The Sealskin

The Sealskin is the story of the son of a fisherman and a seal-woman; a boy born of two worlds and at home in neither. This original story is inspired by old myths and legends of the Seal People, told with puppetry, song, and shadows. 

What wounds are felt when mothers and grandmothers give up some of their wildness in order to have an idea of home? Can their children’s souls find wholeness? Can we love with freedom? The seal-woman’s children are asking. 

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Workshop: Creating Harmonies
Apr
30
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Creating Harmonies

  • 115 Blannahassett Island Road Marshall, NC, 28753 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost: $15 ($20 for both April workshops)

We’ve had some great questions and conversations lately about the “how to’s” of harmony singing. In this basic technique workshop we will spend the first hour listening to examples of harmonies and giving demonstrations. In this hour we will be discussing and asking/answering questions about how to find harmonies. As a group we will practice vocal warm ups and common intervals in chords so that our voices become more familiar with the relationships between pitches. We will examine the difference in emotional impact that some of these chordal relationships have.

In the second hour we will teach a simple melody and help the group to find and create a second part. Depending on group size we will do this work in pairs. Whomever is comfortable doing so will share their newly made harmony with the group, so that we may see the wide range of possibilities!

LIMITED SPACE: Please RSVP to westofroan@gmail.com to save a spot.

**Please arrive 15 minutes early to make a cup of tea and find a seat! We want to begin promptly at 2**

A note: We approach singing as an intuitive experience of listening, reflecting and searching for the resonant and emotive qualities of notes and chords. We will provide very basic concepts of music theory as it applies to harmony singing, but will primarily teach from a physical and sensual standpoint rather than an analytical one.   Our hope is that this method taps into our most basic human core, where we will find our innate ability to listen and to sing. When we say intuitive we don’t mean magical or inexplicable, simply that the process, for us, comes from the inside out: explanation and analysis come second to the creative and experimental act of making a harmony. Bring courage, a willingness to make mistakes and to sing notes that you don’t think of as pretty or harmonious. Bring trust that the group will guide and support you through this learning process.

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Workshop: Songs From Two Of Our Favorite Lady Duos
Apr
23
to Apr 30

Workshop: Songs From Two Of Our Favorite Lady Duos

  • 115 Blannahassett Island Studio 210 Marshall, NC USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost: $10 ($20 for both April workshops)

In this harmony repertoire class we will teach two songs in the style of two of our favorite female duos: The Silly Sisters (June Tabor and Maddy Prior) and Kathy & Carol (Kathy Larisch and Carol McComb.) Both duos have challenged and pushed at the “norms” of harmony singing, and the result is magical and haunting. We will teach “A Swallow Song,” written in 1964by Richard and Fariña, and “The Burning of Auchindoun,” (Also known as Willie McIntosh, Child 183). These songs will be technically challenging, and will demonstrate voice crossing, unison, melody trading, and dissonance. 

Any and all abilities are welcome! We will be doing some serious listening at the beginning of class to internalize these songs before we dive in, and we will teach all parts slowly note for note. We will be teaching everything by ear, and recordings will be provided. We will be doing all singing as a group in a relaxed and welcoming space. The workshop will begin with vocal warm ups, and if there is time we may demonstrate some two-part harmony singing techniques.

LIMITED SPACE: RSVP to westofroan@gmail.com to save a spot.

**Please arrive 15 minutes early to make a cup of tea and find a seat! We want to begin promptly at 2**

 

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Harmony Singing Workshop
Mar
20
2:00 PM14:00

Harmony Singing Workshop

We had such a nice time singing with you that we're doing this again! We will be teaching different songs than the last workshop.

Join us in learning two and three part harmonies to some of our favorite songs. We'll go into the details of the songs we are teaching (even more so than at our last workshop, if you were there) so will probably have time for two songs. All abilities and experience levels are welcome. We will be teaching everything by ear, and recordings will be provided. We will be doing all singing as a group in a relaxed and welcoming space. The workshop will begin with vocal warm ups, and if there is time we may demonstrate some two-part harmony singing techniques.

Please bring a notebook and pencil to write down lyrics (we may also provide lyric sheets but you'll remember it a lot better if you write it down). Recording devices are encouraged.

Come sing with us and meet new friends you can practice these songs with long after the workshop ends!

*Please* RSVP to westofroan@gmail.com

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS.

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David Hughes and West of Roan
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

David Hughes and West of Roan

Celebrate the equinox with David Hughes, West of Roan and friends! We will be joined by stellar harmonica player Dave Schmucker, and if you're lucky you'll get to hear some 4 part harmony singing. We'll be singing new original songs, and presenting a new shadow puppet show.

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Pennsylvania Crankie Festivals!
Feb
26
to Feb 28

Pennsylvania Crankie Festivals!

  • Wilkins School Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Confluence Creative Art's Center in Confluence, PA
Friday, February 26th 7pm - Crankie fest and potluck - by donation
Saturday, February 27th 2-4pm - harmony singing workshop by West of Roan - $10

Wilkins Community School in Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, February 28th 7pm - Crankie fest! - $15 suggested donation

We are excited to be a part of both Confluence and Pittsburgh's first crankie festivals! We will be venturing north for a weekend of sharing art and music with new and old friends in Pennsylvania.  Performers include Ellen Gozion and members of The Early Mays, Vanessa German, Joanne Wiggins de Puentes, Addie Best of Confluence, and other regional artists and musicians.

Crankies are moving panoramas set to music, poetry, or story. You can learn more about this magical form at Sue Truman's website, a Seattle based artist.

www.thecrankiefactory.com

Event photo is from one of Ellen Gozion's crankies.
www.ellengozion.com

 

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Harmony Singing Workshop
Feb
20
2:00 PM14:00

Harmony Singing Workshop

  • 115 Blannahasset Island, Studio 210 Marshall, NC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us in learning two and three part harmonies to some of our favorite hymns, lullabies, and folk songs. All abilities and experience levels are welcome. We will be teaching everything by ear, and lyric sheets and recordings will be provided. We will be doing all singing as a group in a relaxed and welcoming space.  The workshop will begin with vocal warm ups and a demonstration of two part harmony techniques.

Please bring a notebook and pencil. Recording devices are welcome if you have one. 

Come enjoy tea and snacks, check out the puppet lab, and make new friends that you can practice these songs with long after the workshop ends! 

LOCATION & COST
Marshall High Studios, room 210. 
The cost of the workshop is $10, pay at the door when you arrive. 

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Asheville Fringe Festival
Jan
21
to Jan 24

Asheville Fringe Festival

  • ToyBoat Community Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Follow the Gray Ghost under the hills where the wounded moon rests, awaiting the girl who can heal her. Journey through death and into life again in this intimate narrative of sacrifice, loss, and the restorative power of song.

Under the Hills will follow a performance by Penelope Hillfrau

 MR RIGHT FLAG: A PASSION

It is a solo puppet-drama about almost everything in life. The zoo of life! With the people we know and the stories we live, a bit smaller but just as grotesque, yet infuse with grace and gentleness. A trip through the labyrinth of someone's brain, featuring various techniques of puppetry and a few Italian proverbs for good measure. It's unclear if this show was given birth or thrown up. Penelope Hillfrau has worked with Bread and Puppet theater for 10 years, and collaborated with theater companies around the world. She co-founded the Flying Donkey Puppet Theater with fellow puppeteer Jason Hicks.

January 22nd at 7pm

January 24th at 4pm

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Fall Ballad Workshops with Saro Lynch-Thomason
Nov
14
2:00 PM14:00

Fall Ballad Workshops with Saro Lynch-Thomason

We are hosting our friend Saro Lynch-Thomason  to teach ballad workshops in our space at Marshall High Studios.  Info from Saro below!



This November I am offering a series of ballad workshops in Marshall, NC and in Swannanoa, NC. Fall is a powerful time for collecting songs and stories to share through the winter- so why not add some to your repertoire? 

Come join a warm, inviting atmosphere, meet some new singing buddies, enjoy tea and snacks and walk away with some songs that you'll use for a life time.

Descriptions of each workshop are provided at the end of this e-mail.

 

Locations & Times:

Studio 210, Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC
Southern Appalachian Ballads- Saturday, November 7th2-4pm

Women's Stories in Ballads- Saturday, November 14th, 2-4pm
 

Tranquil Trail Cabin, Swannanoa, NC 

Southern Appalachian Ballads- Sunday, November 8th, 2-4pm

Women's Stories in Ballads- Sunday November 15th, 2-4pm

 

Cost:

Each workshop is $10
Sign up for both workshops and the cost is $18!
 

Registration:

Each workshop has a cap at 20 participants, so please make sure to sign up now! E-mail me at saralyncht@gmail.com with the following information:

1) Name/date/location of workshop/s (to make double sure you're down for the right one!)

2) Number of people you're registering

3) Any accessibility needs

I will e-mail you to let you know that you are registered. Before the workshop you'll receive detailed directions. Payments can be made via Paypal or check, and instructions will be sent on how to do this.

Note: Due to some limitations with our locations we can't host small children at these workshops. 



Southern Appalachian Ballads: From Boar Hunting to Ginseng Harvesting

Are you curious about learning some Appalachian ballads? Or have you been wanting to add variety to the ballads you already know? Either way, this workshop is for YOU!
In this 2 hour workshop I’ll teach ballads from Kentucky, West Virginia and North Carolina using the “knee-to-knee” (or “sing and repeat” method). We'll focus on rare, short ballads on topics ranging from the Civil War to “hangman’s ballads,” ginseng harvesting to boar hunting. I’ll also include some ballads with uncommon outcomes from their more popular counterparts. We’ll take some time to discuss how we make choices around what ballads we sing and what it means to make a song your own. Participants will receive lyrics sheets and recordings of the material taught.


Women’s Stories in Ballads (or the Fun & Complicated World of Ballad Singing as Therapy)

Are you tired of hearing ballads and folk songs where the woman ends up drowned in the river? Want to discuss how these songs make you feel, and learn some new ones?
In this workshop we'll learn and discuss ballads for, by and about women.
The first hour will be spent "knee-to-knee"- learning some historic ballads about brave, clever women to add to your repertoire.If you already enjoy ballad singing you'll probably hear a familiar song or two along with some totally new ones.
Then for the second half we'll talk about the many purposes of singing ballads that reflect women's experiences (from masters of their own fate to pawns to murder victims). We’ll focus particularly on the choices we make to sing, not sing, and alter these songs for our own therapy. If there's time, we'll also make some alterations of our own to a chosen ballad! All genders welcome at this workshop! Participants will receive lyrics sheets and recordings of the material taught.
 

I look forward to singing with you this fall!

 

 

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