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see DAY tabs at bottom Workshop Details: Spring Harmony 2024 see DAY tabs at bottom
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Workshops generally run about 75 minutes—doubles are 150 minutes—and are scheduled at 90-minute intervals through the day.
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Unless noted otherwise, workshops are "circle" format, inviting all to participate in turn and to sing or play along with others while muted.
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WorkshopDay, PACIFIC TimeLeaderDescriptionLocation
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Ballads of Mistaken Identity and Cross DressingSunday at 1:30pmClaire ShermanA ballad is a song that tells a story. We'll go around the "circle," and share ballads of mistaken identity and cross dressing, or you can just listen.
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Beatles SingalongSaturday at 10:30 amDave RabinowitzEach participant can name a Beatles song they would like to sing, I will share the lyrics for everyone, and that person will sing the song with others singing along muted.
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Bluesey Saturday at 9 amJoan FrankelDoes not have to be technically, structurally a 12-bar or whatever blues, but has to at least feel like it wants to be. Guitars, dobros, etc gratefully accepted but certainly not required.
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Carter Family Session Saturday at 1:30Gary Breitbard and Jena RautiRound robin of original Carter Family songs, led by Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti. Brush up on your favorites by Sarah, Maybelle, and A.P.!
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Celtic Art Introduction Saturday at 10:30am (double)Alix Sandra Huntley-Speirs In this introductory session, learn to draw a simple Celtic motif! Simple tools are required: a pencil, pen, and eraser. There will be a download of graph paper available, but plain ordinary graph paper works too! Hope to see you there!
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Convivial Virtual Traditional Irish SessionSaturday at 4:30 (maybe double)Peter Tommerup with Michael EskinWe'll have fun playing Irish fiddle tunes & sharing an occasional Irish song. We invite you to join us in sharing zesty reels, jigs, hornpipes, & O'Carolan tunes. If you would like to contribute by playing a tune, please let us know, unmute, & enjoy yourself! Otherwise, you're welcome to play along while muted. Or, just relax & enjoy the music! For more info on the etiquette & protocols we'll use, read "Here's How It Works": https://michaeleskin.com/session.html
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Elements of NatureSunday at 1:30pmMelissa MarosyBring your songs of air/wind, water, earth, and fire.
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Fiddle tune jamSaturday at 3pmAlan LubanesNorth American fiddle tune jam. All instruments welcome. We are likely to skip around from one key to another.
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French Country Music SessionSunday at 4:30pm (maybe double)Gary Breitbard et alJoin us for a session of toe-tapping French Country dance music and songs presented by Gary Breitbard and members of the Fete Musette Ensemble! This will be live from Peter Tommerup and Lee Anne Welch’s living room.
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French Song Links to the Child BalladsSat. at 10:30 (double)Casey Casebeer with Marie-Annick RousselOld ballads from Scotland and England have relatives all over Europe, as Professor Child described in “The English and Scottish Popular Ballads”. This workshop will be a unique chance to listen and compare in two languages, with lyrics provided in most cases. Casey, Marie-Annick, and other invited singers will sing Child ballads, paired with songs in French that are cognate, or closely related, to the Child ballad. We’ll reserve time at the end for you to sing some of your own French songs related to Child Ballads.
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Funny songs including ParodiesSunday at 3pmPeg HealyA song circle for songs that have puns, jokes or pleasant surprises in them; also funny parodies
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Irish Trad Session Sunday at 12 noon (double)Mark Wallis & Michael EskinJoin Mark and Michael for another traditional Irish music session {instrumental only}. We will be playing in a round-robin style inviting members to play their Irish tunes while the others play along, muted.
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Love LostSunday at 3pmMartha TeeterSong circle with songs about a lost love or unrequited love of all kinds.
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Out for the CountSunday at 12 noonDavid Kidman
Bring your songs featuring or including numerals or numbers.
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Over the OceanFRIDAY at 3 pmLinn PhippsSong circle of transatlantic travel and traversing the sea. Participative.
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ParodiesSaturday at 12 noon (double)Bev Praver
Bring your favorite parody to share with the circle.
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Plain SpokenSaturday at 9 amPelagie CroftonCome and celebrate the glories of the spoken word with poems, recitations and monologues (no singing)
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Political Song SwapSunday at 4:30pmHali Hammersong circle to share political songs
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Sacred Harp Shape Note SingingSunday at 1-3 pmPaul KostkaHybrid. Join on SHO Zoom, or on Jamulus, or in person at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 Charleston Avenue, in its central Fireside Room. Masks are recommended. If you’re sick, please join online. We’ll sing from the 1991 edition of “The Sacred Harp”; loaner books are available at UUCPA. Or find the sheet music online at https://sacredharpbremen.org under the Lieder / Songs (general Index) heading. Sacred Harp has been described as four part SATB a cappella heavy metal music. “Each section should sing as if it was going into battle with the objective to obliterate the others.” No vibrato. It can be loud! We will also be streaming on Jamulus, with one mic for each of the four sections, so you can choose your own section and mix.  Other singers on Jamulus can hear you, and you can hear them.  Bring an FM stereo radio with ear phones and tune to 88.3 MHz if you'd like hear Jamulus' mix while singing in person.  To join using Jamulus, download the software from https://jamulus.io/ and install.  Enter the server's address: jamulus.bayareasacredharp.org,  in the "Server Name/Address" field of the "Connection Setup" window.
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ShabbatFriday at 5 pmDeborah SandlerCelebration of Shabbat, including lots of songs. All welcome!
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Show Tunes Any ShowSunday@4:30pmMara LevineParticipants share songs from any show, Broadway or non Broadway play, TV show, movie, commercial, or one they wrote themselves for a show.
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Singing in IrishSaturday at 9amAmelia Hogan
Come learn a song in the Irish language (as Gaeilge).
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Singing the CoalSaturday @ 12noonDavid KidmanCome and sing songs about coal and coal mining, including the lives and working practices of those involved in the coal mining industry.
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Sing, Say, or PlaySaturday at 7 pmClaire ShermanTHIS REGULAR SECOND-SATURDAY GATHERING IS MEETING AT SPRING HARMONY. For your turn sing a song, tell a story/poem/monolog, or play a tune. The only rule is that no one may skip their turn. You never know what will happen when song, instrumental music, and spoken word meet, mingle and dance! double session
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Songs about Sheroes!Saturday at 1:30pmArlene ImmermanA sing around about women who take charge of their destinies.
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Songs and Stories of All God's CrittersSunday at 3pmRobert Rodriquez
This is a participatory activity and is a singing circle.
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Songs and Stories of the Old and New WestSaturday at 4:30pmRobert Rodriquez
This is a participatory activity and is a singing circle.
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Songs from a HatFRIDAY at 4pm (double)Casey CasebeerThe music game is back! Can you think of a song that contains the keyword? Can you remember how it goes? Keep score or just play along!
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Songs of Joan BaezSaturday at 4:30 pmEd HiltonWe will take turns leading or requesting songs recorded by Joan Baez. Participants may also pass.
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Songs from Movies Saturday at 12 noonYvette Tannenbaumsong circle
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Songs of John PrineSaturday at 3pmEd HiltonWe will take turns leading or requesting songs written by John Prine. You may also pass.
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Songs of PeaceSaturday at 3pmLisa StillerWe really need to spread peace and what better way than with music! Let’s gather in song circle style to song peace songs..songs we all know (rise up singing and rise again)! or bring one to share!
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Take Your Dulcimer Off the Wall & Play It!Friday at 4pmPeter TommerupInstruction / participation. The Appalachian mountain dulcimer sounds beautiful & is easy & fun to play! This workshop will get you started playing this unusually accessible & gratifying instrument. We will explore how to tune it, hold it, strum it & work through several easy songs to start you on an enjoyable dulcimer journey.
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Tunes from BrittanyFriday at 6 pmJim Oakden and Shira KammenJim Oakden and Shira Kammen will lead an online session of dance tunes from Brittany, with possible side-trips into Breton culture and musical traditions. PDF of some tunes:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1fuWjdKaaCmAtnFQYINmTnXGgT__-t1fx?usp=share_link
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Waltz WorkshopSaturday at 1:30pmYvette TannenbaumI will teach an easy to earn waltz. We will follow with an open waltz tune session, dancers welcome.
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Wild Women song swapSunday at 12 noonHali HammerA song swap - anything you'd like to share! Men are also invited!!!
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