Mid-Winter Festival 2010
January 23, 2010
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
12:00PM - Bucolics Anonymous
12:30PM - Balkan Singers
1:00PM - Billy Bright and Chojo Jacques
2:00PM - Austin Banjo Club
2:30PM - Rains & Keane
3:00PM - Raising Jane
4:00PM - Slavadillo
5:00PM - Steelhead Stringband
6:00PM - Inside Out Steel Band
7:00PM - Dan & Christy Foster
7:30PM - Sacred Harp
8:00PM - Manuel Cowboy Donley
9:00PM - Side Men for Hire
1:30PM - OLD-TIME JAM with ELLEN BRIGGS STANSELL
This jam is open to pickers of all levels, from the newest newbies to the crankiest old curmudgeons. We'll go around the circle when it's your turn, you can call an Old Time (Appalachian) tune you play and set the tempo, or if you like you can pass. Don't be shy, come and play!
1:30PM - TRADITIONAL SIGNING GAMES, SING-ALONGS & OTHER MUSICAL CAVORTINGS WITH PURLY GATES
This workshop is especially geared to children ages 6-12, but all ages are welcome! Little feet will be moved by the Traditional American Play-Party songs & dances; hands will be clapping and voices singing along on fun, interactive songs. From decades of researching and collecting, Purly's repertoire is chock full of gems. Her ability as a multi-instrumentalist keeps young minds in awe. Purly Gates is a singer/songwriter/educator with a long and varied career. Currently, Purly's a regular member The Therapy Sisters. You can catch her with them every 2nd Friday at Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe on E. Ben White.
1:30PM -FLATFOOTING with SHARON ISAAC
Flatfooting is a type of Appalachian step dance where the feet are kept close to the ground. Come and learn the basics! Sharon Isaac has taught all levels of clogging, as well as other traditional Southern Appalachian dance forms including Flatfooting, Smooth Mountain Dance, Kentucky Running Set and Big Circle Dances.
2:30 - 3:20PM - ORIGINS AND FOUNDING OF THE AFTM IN 1974 with DAVID POLACHECK
A workshop/ panel discussion on the "Origins and Founding of the AFTM in 1974" lead by one of the AFTM founding members, David Polacheck
2:30 - 3:20PM - ANIMAL SONGS with MARK GILSTON
Mark Gilston sings a menagerie of traditional folk songs featuring critters small, real and imaginary.
2:30 - 3:20PM - INTERMEDIATE FIDDLE with TRENT SHEPHERD
Learn about old-time fiddle playing with Trent Shepherd of Steelhead Stringband.
3:30 - 4:20PM - LEARN TO WALTZ with KEITH TUXHORN
Keith will lead you through the basics of waltzing accompanied by live music.
3:30 - 4:20PM -BEGINNER BLUEGRASS JAM led by STEVE MANGOLD
Jammin' skills for Beginners - what you need toknow to start jammin' bluegrass style".
3:30 - 4:20PM - OLD FOLK BALLADS A CAPELLA STYLE with SEYMOUR SNATH
"Oh Don't You Remember Sweet Betsy from Pike?" We'll take well-known songs and delve into the mechanics of acapella ballad singing like choosing the right key, memorizing lyrics through visualization, diction/dialect, timing, dynamics, and vocal ornament. Bring a ballad you'd like to sing, and we'll have a song swap.
4:30 - 5:30PM - INTERMEDIATE CLAWHAMMER BANJO with ELLEN BRIGGS STANSELL
This workshop lead by Ellen Briggs Stansell is for Old Time banjo players who have learned the basics of right hand technique and want to tighten up their rhythm, get a more driving sound, and work on drop-thumbing. We'll cover double-thumbing if there's time. Bring your banjo. Bring a recording device if you wish.
4:30 - 5:30PM - SACRED HARP SHAPE NOTE SINGING with GAYLON POWELL
In this workshop, we will look to read shape notes and the basics of Sacred Harp singing. We will also sing some of the different types of Sacred Harp tunes-singing the notes and the poetry. Gaylon Powell was raised in a family whose roots run deep in the Sacred Harp tradition of Central Texas. He has shared that tradition to others teaching singing schools in Austin for most of his adult life. He has been recognized as one of Texas Folklife Resources' Master Traditional Artists, for which he has conducted apprenticeship and education projects. He has also taught singing schools in East Texas, Arkansas, and other areas of the United States.
4:30 - 5:30PM - BEGINNER UKULELE with BRIAN EDWARD RISE
Brian Rise (Combo Mahalo band) leads a workshop for beginners on how to play the ukulele - Hawaiian and Jazz style.