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Thread #162590   Message #3879527
Posted By: Pamela R
30-Sep-17 - 05:59 PM
Thread Name: Camp New Harmony 2017-18:Workshop Signup
Subject: RE: Camp New Harmony 2017-18:Workshop Signup
Hi Joe,
I'll be attending camp for the first time this year. If you like I could do a workshop on "Divergent Variants" - comparing amazingly different versions of very old traditional songs/ballads that were collected in different parts of England, Scotland, Ireland, Appalachia; maybe even versions from New England, Canada, Australia. This could easily fill two hours since ballads are long and there are lots of really cool variants to explore. I hope participants would contribute variants; to avoid duplications, I would coordinate that a bit in advance.

Or, I could lead a one-hour workshop on "The Broadside Side of Ballads" -- ballads many of us know from oral tradition that also had a parallel/intersecting life in very old cheap street literature (broadsides, chapbooks). I could explain a bit about that history and bring facsimiles of actual broadsides for the group to sing together. Yes, singing from the page! (a thing I normally don't.)

Or, I could do a mini-concert if people want me to.

Depending on the camp's needs and preferences I'm glad to do any one or two, but preferably not all three of the above.

Scheduling: I'm hoping to be there the whole time but it is possible I will have to arrive a day late or leave a day early to meet family obligations, which I won't know until early December. So if you make the schedule before then, a midweek time slot would be preferred. Any time of day is fine, but please try not to overlap other ballad-themed workshops.

Pamela Reinagel

Hi, Pamela. Nice to meet you on the phone. I'll probably put you down for a mini-concert and the broadsides session. I'll let one of our old-timers make sure that an adequate number of ballads sessions are scheduled.
See you in December.