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Hands-On Folk Calendar

Sun, October 17 - Songs of Ulster in Ireland

Songs of Ulster in Ireland Online
Join us for a day of FREE workshops, conversations, and performances by three remarkable singers. ALTAN members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Dáithí Sproule join local Irish singer Seamus Carmichael to explore the vibrant traditional songs from the region of Ulster in the North of Ireland. Full-day artists' residency on Sunday, October 17. MORE

Oct 17, 10 am - Residency Introduction

Introduction to the Songs of Ulster - Join folklorist Amy Skillman to meet our artists and learn briefly about the kinds of songs found in the North of Ireland, and what differentiates them from other songs in the British tradition. Each artist will offer a song as preview of their own workshop. Opens our FREE day-long virtual artists' residency. MORE

Oct 17, 11 am - Tragic Little Stories

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh will talk about the Gaelic song tradition of her home in County Donegal and about growing up singing in Gaelic. She will sing a few of her favorites and teach one phonetically, along with context. Part of our FREE day-long virtual artists' residency. MORE

Oct 17, 1 pm - Comic Songs and Singing

Seamus Carmichael will use an English language version of the song "An Buinneán Buí" (The Yellow Bittern) to illustrate his approach to singing a subtly comic song, demonstrating techniques to draw your audience in and make them laugh. Part of our FREE day-long virtual artists' residency. MORE

Oct 17, 2 pm - Guitar Accompaniment

Dáithí Sproule will describe the classic Ulster song, and give examples of such songs that have become American folk songs. He'll discuss and demonstrate the beauties and the common pitfalls in presenting the old songs in this way, using both standard and alternative tunings. Part of our FREE day-long virtual artists' residency. MORE

Oct 17, 3 pm - Traditional Song Session

All three artists come together for a traditional singing session, trading songs and the stories about them, and providing an opportunity for participants to share a song from their homes. The conclusion of our FREE day-long virtual artists' residency. MORE

Sun, November 14 - Fall Coffee House

Fall Coffee House Online
Our fall virtual Coffeehouse will bring you some terrific music from local and not-so-local musicians. Livestream Coffeehouse concert on Sunday evening, November 14. MORE

Date TBA - Winter Coffee House

Winter Coffee House Online
Our winter virtual Coffeehouse will bring you some terrific music from local and not-so-local musicians. Livestream Coffeehouse concert — date TBA. MORE

Date TBA - Spring Coffee House

Spring Coffee House Online
Our spring virtual Coffeehouse will bring you some terrific music from local and not-so-local musicians. Livestream Coffeehouse concert — date TBA. MORE