For our twelfth year, we are excited to invite you to a unique Traditional Song Week, realizing our 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 main focus of this week, which aims to help restore the power of songs within the larger traditional music scene. Here, finally, is a place where you can develop and grow in confidence about your singing, and have lots of fun with other folks devoted to their own song journeys. Come gather online with us this special year to explore various traditional song genres under the guidance of experienced, top-notch instructors. When singers gather together, even virtually, magical moments are bound to happen!
This summer will feature virtual classes in gospel, bluegrass, Carter Family songs, North Carolina mountain ballads, cowboy songs, early country songs, and songs of freedom, social justice and women’s rights, with additional classes in finding your voice and own style, choosing your songs, performance, harmony, community singing, singing with instruments, guitar accompaniment and traditional songs from Ireland, England andScotland. Each class will be live-streamed and also recorded and made available to class enrollees for four weeks after the program ends. The week will also feature nightly singing sessions and a staff concert at the end of the week. In addition, this year, folk legend Janis Ian will be offering her “Master Class in Artistry” during all five weeks of the Gathering. Bring a friend and a computer and come join us for a week you will never forget!