Sing folk

Course Dates: 19/10/19 - 14/12/19
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:
Allison Sleator

Learn to sing in the folk style and build a repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in a highly practical workshop. n.b. no class meetings on 9th and 16th November.

Tutor: Allison Sleator [external website].

Description

What is the course about?

This is a practical workshop, learning and exploring a variety of genres, from ballads and shanties to work songs and ceremonial songs, in a variety of singing styles. Most singing will be in groups, but we will also explore techniques applicable to solo singing, and there will be opportunities for solo singing for anyone who wishes.
Songs will be chosen by the tutor, drawing from the vast and rich repertoire of songs of Britain and the British Isles, both traditional and contemporary, to be sung primarily in English. There may also be examples from other traditions, which will be sung in English translation. These will include songs such as:
“Willie O Winsbury” (Scottish, 18th century, with many variants)
“Wayfaring Stranger” (American/Scottish, early 19th century)
“Lowlands” (Scottish/English/American)
“Siúil a Rún” (Irish, sung in English, with a simple Irish language chorus [macaronic style])
“Dirty Old Town” (Ewan MacColl)
“Sweet Sir Galahad” (Joan Baez)
“The Eagle Screeched” (Brazilian Portuguese “Aguai pio” – sung in English).

What will we cover?

• Vocal techniques appropriate to folk singing (these may be different from vocal techniques that you have learned elsewhere)
• We will learn a new song by ear each week, with lyrics provided after first learning the tune
• Ornamentation, harmony singing and interpretation
• Genres and styles of traditional and contemporary folk song.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• develop musical skills through learning by ear
• perform the study songs with confidence
• develop your understanding of difference genres and styles of folk song
• demonstrate some understanding of ornamentation, use of tone, phrasing and variation
Repertoire will include "The wayfaring stranger", "Lowlands", "Siuil a Ruin", "Dirty old town", "Willie o Winsbury", "Sweet Sir Galahad".

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for singers with a range of singing and musical experience. You need to be able to sing in tune and in time, but you do not need to be able to read musical notation, as tunes will be learned by ear.
You need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English, read lyrics, engage in class discussions, and take your own notes.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

• Vocal warm-ups, vocal and breathing techniques appropriate to folk singing
• Tutor demonstration of songs, singing techniques, ornamentation etc.
• Singing as a group, small group work, and opportunities for solo singing for those who wish to.
• Tutor critique and feedback, and advice on researching tunes for further study.
You may be permitted to record the tutor’s demonstration of the song for your own reference outside class (the tutor will advise when you may record), and to record your own solo singing.
It is not appropriate to record the group singing or discussion, or the solo singing of other students unless the individual explicitly permit this.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All material will be supplied by the tutor. You may wish to explore resources such as:
A.L. Lloyd, Folk Song in England (1967)
Cecil Sharp House [external website]
Irish Cultural Centre [external website]
Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland [external website]
Discover Welsh music [external website]
British Library: world and traditional music [external website]
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to take another Sing folk course later in the year, explore World music courses covering a range of traditional musics, or instruments such as Folk and pop guitar, Ukulele, or Blues Harmonica.
If you are interested in other types of singing courses, please read our blogpost Choosing a singing class at City Lit or contact the Music department for further advice.

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It is a good introduction to singing in general with a folk style in a relaxed, low key atmosphere
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Review by Dot / (Posted on 16/04/2019)
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Course Code: MF665

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Sat, day, 19 Oct - 14 Dec '19

Duration: 7 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £139.00
Concession: £85.00

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