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Workshop: Sea Chantyes in Wisconsin (and Beyond)

September 10, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Long ago, songs of the oceans and seas made their way along America’s rivers and onto the Great Lakes, gaining a presence in the upper Midwest where many evolved into regional folk songs. In this way and others, such songs have become an essential part of American music traditions on land as well as water.

In this workshop with traditional musician John C. Van Orman, participants will be introduced to a selection of sea chanteys and maritime ballads. Along with repertoire, we will look at basic harmonies, time and tempo, and etiquette for chantey leaders and chorus singers. While the majority of the material will be a cappella, instrumental accompaniment will be touched upon. The songs will be approached not as mere curiosities from the past, but as living and relevant art. Beginning and experienced singers alike are welcome to take part in the positive and supportive atmosphere of this adventure.

For more information and to register, visit https://folklorevillage.org/product/sea-chanteys-in-wisconsin/.


September 10, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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