The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #13673   Message #113698
Posted By: Ferrara
12-Sep-99 - 06:18 PM
Thread Name: FSGW GETAWAY 99 Program
Subject: RE: FSGW GETAWAY 99 Program
moonchild and everybody, You just go to any workshops or other sessions that look interesting. Around here "workshop" is also used to mean "sing-around" or "song swap" or "jam". At most workshops there's a lot of contributions by everyone there who feels like it, time permitting. Something like Song Collectors will focus most on people who have collected in the field, with questions and comments from others. I've asked Barry and Roger to include a half-hour mini-concert in the Prison Songs workshop, because they know so much about this specialized kind of music.

As you can see, it's pretty fluid. Lots of people treat it the way Bill treats cable TV, ie they change channels a lot; going to one workshop for 20 minutes or so, singing or playing if possible, then heading off to hear what's going on at another workshop.

We do have a sign-up sheet for Lisa Null's vocal clinic, for volunteers who want her to help them with a singing problem. Volunteers have to be willing to stand up in front of a room full of people and do vocal exercises. But you can go to the session and just watch and learn without signing up.

In workshops end up with light attendance, you may get to sing three or four songs during the session.

We do have one request: Be Prepared. If you use The Book or a cheat sheet for lyrics, just use it as a reminder. Joe, that doesn't mean you can't use RUS!!! -- I've said over and over, we had a few people who came to every open sing, opened RUS, picked a song at random, and stumbled through it without knowing the tune or the words. Nobody here would do that, right? So we're fine.

Oh, we are so looking forward to this Getaway. It is wonderful, wonderful that so many Mudcatters are coming!

Oh, my! -- I forgot to put in the schedule that Max is leading the Blues workshop! Well, he is. - Rita