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Fall Ballad Workshops with Saro Lynch-Thomason

  • Marshall High Studios Studio #210 115 Blannahassett Island Marshall, NC, 28753 United States (map)

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



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


Each workshop has a cap at 20 participants, so please make sure to sign up now! E-mail me at 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!



Later Event: November 21
Marshall Handmade Market