25th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival

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New Bedford, MA

25TH ANNUAL NEW BEDFORD FOLK FESTIVAL New Bedford Folk Festival returns to celebrate its 25th anniversary! For a quarter of a century, the fan favorite festival has gathered world-class contemporary singer/songwriters, traditional Americana, the best in blues, classic Celtic and, of course, folk to the Southcoast – and its silver anniversary will bring back many festival favorites who have performed throughout the years! Whether you come for the fantastic music or the free festivities surrounding the festival, it’s a weekend of fun for everyone.

Go Premium! A Premium Pass offers two full days of amazing music, Premium Pass lanyard, 2020 Folk Festival T-shirt, access to the fully-air conditioned Premium Pass Lounge with private restrooms, guaranteed seating at all Zeiterion performances and priority seating at Whaling Museum performances, free parking in Zeiterion & Elm Street garages, discounts at several food vendors in the Food Court & Beer Garden outside the Zeiterion Theatre, and more!

https://zeiterion.org/nb-folk-festival-2020/

Early Bird: Single Day $30 / Weekend Pass $40 / Premium Pass $135 After June 27, 2020: Single Day $40 / Weekend Pass $50 / Premium Pass $150

Rhode Island Pub Sing (CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

Flatbread Pizza, 161 Cushing Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906

Our pub sings are open, inclusive, casual social gatherings where we meet to sing traditional folk songs and patronize our lovely local Flatbread Pizza Company. We welcome a wide variety of songs whether they be bucolic or boozy, maritime or montane, pious or parodical; but we prefer songs that have catchy choruses, refrains, repeated lines, call and response parts or are otherwise "sing-a-long-able". We sing a cappella (sans backing instruments) and primarily from memory. We encourage all singers to break their technological dependencies and rely on brain power (or a personal written songbook) to the best of their ability rather than the zombifying smartphone screen. We find that knowing the lyrics beforehand allows you to better inhabit the song and likewise it makes you question, research, understand, and modify lyrics.

These are casual social gatherings (NOT performances) and all are welcome to join our harmonious camaraderie. If you have a song to sing, come lead it and we'll all join in. If you don't, you can sing along to a bounty of choruses. Come be a part of this thriving oral tradition!

Pub sings at Flatbread Pizza happen every 2nd and 4th Monday, unless otherwise noted. Check our Facebook Group ("Rhode Island Pub Sings") for cancellations and other local folk music goings-on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1575704726067388/

Old Time Lounge (CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

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Nick-A-Nee's, 75 South Street, Providence, Rhode Island

The Old Time Lounge is a monthly Intermediate/Advanced Old Time music session, occurring every third Sunday, hosted by your friendly Providencians Armand Aromin, Benedict Gagliardi, Michelle Kaminsky, and Alan Bradbury.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to maintain a setting that is intimate, groovy, and doesn't risk getting out of hand and distracting from the melody of the tune, we are making this INVITE-ONLY for percussionists. If the session seems to be getting too big for its britches, we may have people rotate as to maintain said intimacy. This is Old Time Lounge, not Old Time Orchestra! Oh, and please be considerate of other merry-makers around you and don't be a stupid jerk!

Q: Old Time music! Does that mean I can play Irish music all night? A: Save for tunes that are commonly found in both types of music, or the occasional diversion, you may want to find yourself an Irish session, unless you enjoy sore disappointment.

Q: I play DADGAD guitar, but it looks like there's already one here. What do I do? A: First, that other guitarist is playing in standard, so kindly re-tune your guitar. Then, introduce yourself to the present guitar player/s and take turns accompanying the tunes. If you're learning the chords to the tune, watch the accompanist and play oh, so softly. Like, way softer than you think you should. You are learning the chords after all. And for Pete's sake, don't play your cool hip chords unless the other accompanists are in agreement!

Q: Hey, man, I've been waiting and there are too many guitar players here. I want my turn! A: Here's a lifehack for you: learn to pick the melody.

Q: It's been 10 minutes. Why are you still playing this goddamned tune I don't know? A: Sorry, I was busy enjoying this tune so much that I didn't hear you when you asked 8 minutes ago. You probably know it at this point, so try to figure it out and enjoy it with us, otherwise, you can record it and learn it for next time!

Q: I'm a percussionist and while I fully understand that djembe doesn't quite work in Old Time music, I'd still like to get involved. A: Well, my friend, if you'd like to get into the percussive aspect of Old Time music, then I suggest you pick up your feet, head to YouTube, and search for some flat-footing or clogging steps.

Harmony of Song and Dance Week @ Pinewoods (Armand only)

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Pinewoods Camp, 80 Cornish Field Road, Plymouth, Massachusetts

https://camp.cdss.org/camp-weeks/harmony-of-song-dance/ For Singers who like to Dance and Dancers who like to Sing! Program Director: Betsy Branch

The day begins with the all-camp sing, a powerful harmony singing experience involving a combination of learning by ear as well as written music. Different staff lead the camp through a wide ranging repertoire of rousing and inspiring harmony singing, accommodating all forms and levels of experience. This is followed by a period dedicated to dancing, again with something for everyone – a class specifically for those with little to no dance experience as well as more challenging classes in contra and English with the finest in dance music and dance instruction. The afternoon program offers workshops on a range of themes in traditional singing, harmony singing, instrumental playing, English ritual dancing and more social dancing. In the evening, there are inspiring staff concerts, followed by a full dance program of both English country and contra dance.

Saturday p.m. to Saturday a.m.

Contact: Steve Howe at 413-203-5467 Ext. 101, camp@cdss.org or Crispin Youngberg at 413-203-5467 Ext. 101, camp@cdss.org

Harmony of Song & Dance offers an incredible diversity of music and dance experiences. The day begins with the all camp sing, a powerful harmony singing experience involving a combination of learning by ear as well as written music. Skilled song-leaders lead the camp through a wide ranging repertoire of rousing and inspiring harmony singing, accommodating all forms and levels of experience. This is followed by a period dedicated to dancing, again with something for everyone – a class specifically for those with little to no dance experience as well as more challenging classes in contra and English with the finest in dance music and dance instruction.

The afternoon program offers workshops on a range of themes, including traditional singing, harmony singing, dance musician skills, traditional and ritual dancing, art and choreography. There will be ample time after class to swim and socialize before dinner. In the evening, there are inspiring staff concerts, followed by a full dance program of both English country and contra dance.

Rhode Island Pub Sing (CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

Flatbread Company, 161 Cushing Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Our pub sings are open, inclusive, casual social gatherings where we meet to sing traditional folk songs and patronize our lovely local Flatbread Pizza Company. We welcome a wide variety of songs whether they be bucolic or boozy, maritime or montane, pious or parodical; but we prefer songs that have catchy choruses, refrains, repeated lines, call and response parts or are otherwise "sing-a-long-able". We sing a cappella (sans backing instruments) and primarily from memory. We encourage all singers to break their technological dependencies and rely on brain power (or a personal written songbook) to the best of their ability rather than the zombifying smartphone screen. We find that knowing the lyrics beforehand allows you to better inhabit the song and likewise it makes you question, research, understand, and modify lyrics.

These are casual social gatherings (NOT performances) and all are welcome to join our harmonious camaraderie. If you have a song to sing, come lead it and we'll all join in. If you don't, you can sing along to a bounty of choruses. Come be a part of this thriving oral tradition!

Pub sings at Flatbread Pizza happen every 2nd and 4th Monday, unless otherwise noted. Check our Facebook Group ("Rhode Island Pub Sings") for cancellations and other local folk music goings-on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1575704726067388/

Rhode Island Pub Sing (CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

Flatbread Pizza, 161 Cushing Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906

Our pub sings are open, inclusive, casual social gatherings where we meet to sing traditional folk songs and patronize our lovely local Flatbread Pizza Company. We welcome a wide variety of songs whether they be bucolic or boozy, maritime or montane, pious or parodical; but we prefer songs that have catchy choruses, refrains, repeated lines, call and response parts or are otherwise "sing-a-long-able". We sing a cappella (sans backing instruments) and primarily from memory. We encourage all singers to break their technological dependencies and rely on brain power (or a personal written songbook) to the best of their ability rather than the zombifying smartphone screen. We find that knowing the lyrics beforehand allows you to better inhabit the song and likewise it makes you question, research, understand, and modify lyrics.

These are casual social gatherings (NOT performances) and all are welcome to join our harmonious camaraderie. If you have a song to sing, come lead it and we'll all join in. If you don't, you can sing along to a bounty of choruses. Come be a part of this thriving oral tradition!

Pub sings at Flatbread Pizza happen every 2nd and 4th Monday, unless otherwise noted. Check our Facebook Group ("Rhode Island Pub Sings") for cancellations and other local folk music goings-on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1575704726067388/

Old Time Lounge (CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

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Nick-A-Nee's, 75 South Street, Providence, Rhode Island

The Old Time Lounge is a monthly Intermediate/Advanced Old Time music session, occurring every third Sunday, hosted by your friendly Providencians Armand Aromin, Benedict Gagliardi, Michelle Kaminsky, and Alan Bradbury.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to maintain a setting that is intimate, groovy, and doesn't risk getting out of hand and distracting from the melody of the tune, we are making this INVITE-ONLY for percussionists. If the session seems to be getting too big for its britches, we may have people rotate as to maintain said intimacy. This is Old Time Lounge, not Old Time Orchestra! Oh, and please be considerate of other merry-makers around you and don't be a stupid jerk!

Q: Old Time music! Does that mean I can play Irish music all night? A: Save for tunes that are commonly found in both types of music, or the occasional diversion, you may want to find yourself an Irish session, unless you enjoy sore disappointment.

Q: I play DADGAD guitar, but it looks like there's already one here. What do I do? A: First, that other guitarist is playing in standard, so kindly re-tune your guitar. Then, introduce yourself to the present guitar player/s and take turns accompanying the tunes. If you're learning the chords to the tune, watch the accompanist and play oh, so softly. Like, way softer than you think you should. You are learning the chords after all. And for Pete's sake, don't play your cool hip chords unless the other accompanists are in agreement!

Q: Hey, man, I've been waiting and there are too many guitar players here. I want my turn! A: Here's a lifehack for you: learn to pick the melody.

Q: It's been 10 minutes. Why are you still playing this goddamned tune I don't know? A: Sorry, I was busy enjoying this tune so much that I didn't hear you when you asked 8 minutes ago. You probably know it at this point, so try to figure it out and enjoy it with us, otherwise, you can record it and learn it for next time!

Q: I'm a percussionist and while I fully understand that djembe doesn't quite work in Old Time music, I'd still like to get involved. A: Well, my friend, if you'd like to get into the percussive aspect of Old Time music, then I suggest you pick up your feet, head to YouTube, and search for some flat-footing or clogging steps.

Rhode Island Pub Sing (CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

Flatbread Company, 161 Cushing Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Our pub sings are open, inclusive, casual social gatherings where we meet to sing traditional folk songs and patronize our lovely local Flatbread Pizza Company. We welcome a wide variety of songs whether they be bucolic or boozy, maritime or montane, pious or parodical; but we prefer songs that have catchy choruses, refrains, repeated lines, call and response parts or are otherwise "sing-a-long-able". We sing a cappella (sans backing instruments) and primarily from memory. We encourage all singers to break their technological dependencies and rely on brain power (or a personal written songbook) to the best of their ability rather than the zombifying smartphone screen. We find that knowing the lyrics beforehand allows you to better inhabit the song and likewise it makes you question, research, understand, and modify lyrics.

These are casual social gatherings (NOT performances) and all are welcome to join our harmonious camaraderie. If you have a song to sing, come lead it and we'll all join in. If you don't, you can sing along to a bounty of choruses. Come be a part of this thriving oral tradition!

Pub sings at Flatbread Pizza happen every 2nd and 4th Monday, unless otherwise noted. Check our Facebook Group ("Rhode Island Pub Sings") for cancellations and other local folk music goings-on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1575704726067388/

Aug29

Traditional Music and Dance Camp (TradMaD) @ Pinewoods

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Pinewoods Camp, 80 Cornish Field Road, Plymouth, Massachusetts

http://www.tradmadcamp.org/

The summer is not complete without TradMaD for us. This camp offers a momentary escape from the stresses of the world. It is a sanctuary of music, dance, culture, and camaraderie where everyone has a chance to learn through significant experiences and continued friendships. The staff lineup is INCREDIBLE as usual and we are honored to be back to sing, play, dance, teach, and learn once again!