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Archive for February 2nd, 2007

Mid-Winter Singing Festival

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Wow… I’ve sent out postcards and emails twice now but somehow I never blogged about what Brian and I are doing tomorrow (Saturday). In East Lansing we have a Mid-Winter Singing Festival and this year Brian and I are doing a workshop on Saturday afternoon.

We’re calling the workshop Moon June Spoon. That’s the name of our first CD, which contains many songs with lyrics including the word moon (and many rhyming words such as croon & baboon, for the record). The CD contains fifteen songs, ranging from the very early 1900s through 1922.

Our songs for the workshop range from around 1903 to perhaps as late as 1957, though all but two are from before 1930. Many of the songs come from our first CD, a few come from the second one (Tiptoe through the Tulips and April Showers) Our handouts include lyrics to 25 songs. It’s unlikely we can cover all 25 of the songs but that keeps things flexible, we do not know what songs our crowd will know at this point.

The Saturday workshops start at just after noon and go until 4:00pm (our workshop is 3-4pm). There is a concert tonight/Friday (Tom Paxton, what a treat it is to have him here) and another concert which is even more of a sing-along with more local leaders, on Saturday night. I will be attending the Saturday night concert but Brian has a dance to play with the Scarlet Runner Stringband and so I’ll be solo in the evening. Well, solo in a room full of friends… and with knitting in my bag. I’ll clearly be happy enough.

Saturday workshops are only $5 for a wristband which admits you to three sessions. That is the screaming entertainment deal of the month, I’d say! Night concerts are an additional fee: $25 for the general public, $20 for members of the Lansing Area Folk Song Society members and $10 for MSU students and children under 12.