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Folklore: Ballad Workshop gigs

randjgc 11 Jan 12 - 10:37 AM
Drumshanty 11 Jan 12 - 10:46 AM
Anne Neilson 11 Jan 12 - 12:16 PM
Paul Davenport 11 Jan 12 - 02:02 PM
Anne Neilson 14 Jan 12 - 01:04 PM
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Subject: Folklore: Ballad Workshop gigs
From: randjgc
Date: 11 Jan 12 - 10:37 AM

This is a message to EKAnne - wherever she may be. I understand that during the Celtic Connections period you are holding your own workshops? I've looked for details, but not finding the right thread. Can you help me here, please?


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Ballad Workshop gigs
From: Drumshanty
Date: 11 Jan 12 - 10:46 AM

Thread is here

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Trinki :)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Ballad Workshop gigs
From: Anne Neilson
Date: 11 Jan 12 - 12:16 PM

@ randjc -- hope you've found something to attract you in our mini-programme (maxi-quality!), and that you'll make yourself known to us if you manage to get there. However, booking is advised as numbers are filling up quite nicely.
And there should be something for everyone, touching American, English and Irish bases, together with a special tribute to our own, inimitable Ray Fisher -- not to mention contributions from the floor!

(Thread creep -- it may also interest you to know that a considerable number of our participants are YOUNG! Perhaps you can suggest a reason why the interest in ancient songs from the i-pod generation?)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Ballad Workshop gigs
From: Paul Davenport
Date: 11 Jan 12 - 02:02 PM

We encounter similar things south of the border. I sometimes wonder if there's really no difference between the mind that can listen to a long ballad and the mind that sits through the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy on DVD in a single sitting? If that's true then the ballads are in for a lively future, in line with their lively past. :-)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Ballad Workshop gigs
From: Anne Neilson
Date: 14 Jan 12 - 01:04 PM

Liking your analogy, Paul!

On another tack -- does anyone know how much reading to primary school pupils happens in the current system?
I well remember in P2/3 (60 or so years ago!) how the teacher often read to us for the final half hour of the day, and it wasn't wee, repetitious picture stories but extended versions of fairy stories etc. The whole class relaxed and lost themselves in a kind of magic -- but nowadays there are so many competing distractions (endless noise, flashing imagery, text messages and so on) that it seems to me miraculous if individual pupils can find any focus or concentration for more than two minutes at a stretch! [End of rant, you'll be glad to hear.]

Anyway, advance bookings are good, so there are obviously enough interested parties out there!


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