Songcircle This Friday at My Place

I am retooling an earlier post about Songcircle, to avoid rewriting the whole thing and to make sure everyone who sees my site this week gets the invitation.

If you are in Ottawa or thereabouts and have no pressing plans this Friday, December 3, come to my place and we will sing all evening. Songcircle is a gathering that happens twice a month, first and third Fridays, in various people’s homes. This week it is in my home in Vanier. Check out my contact page to find out how to email or phone me for the address. This is a social gathering, not a class, and there is no charge.

We start with an optional potluck dinner about 6:30, then move on to singing at about 7:30. I’ll start us off and then each person takes a turn around the circle. When it is your turn you can do one of the following: lead everyone in singing a song of your choice; sing a solo while we quietly listen; ask someone else (specific or general) to lead either a song of your choice or of theirs; or pass (but this is highly discouraged).  Instruments are welcome and there is a piano for those who want to play it. We stop for tea and desserts at around 9:30 and then sing some more, until 11.

If you can’t make it this week but you want to be informed about future songcircles, contact me and I will pass you on to the keeper of the listserv.

If you don’t live in Ottawa, and you think this sounds like fun, you can start one in your community. It is a great way to bring some group singing into your life: no performance anxiety, just lots of fun. If you want more information about how to run it or have any questions about the format, just ask.

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About Maura Volante

Maura Volante is a talented and experienced performer. Although she has written many songs over the years, her main focus these days is traditional folk songs. These are songs that have stood the test of time and have an enduring quality that speaks directly and clearly to the human experience. They also tell us about our history. Because these songs are not commonly sung in these post-folk-revival times in which folk music generally means singer-songwriter material, Maura has taken on the project of helping to keep this valuable material alive. Her specialty is Canadian folk songs, but she knows many songs from the British Isles and the USA as well. All her concerts and other programs are designed with group singing in mind. Whether in a concert, a tour, a social gathering, a classroom, a festival or a conference hall, Maura creates an encouraging atmosphere, relaxed and inclusive. She uses her strong voice and facilitation techniques to bring out the best possible music with these voices in this moment. Maura firmly believes that everyone can sing and, moreover, that everyone has a right to sing and be part of group singing activities, without judgement or criticism. No matter what the various skill levels of participants may be in any group singing activity, it always sounds good in a group, because the voices naturally attune with each other. Maura also teaches and calls contra dancing and simpler forms of traditional dancing suitable for all ages, often incorporating group singing into the dancing through the use of play party songs, which are sung by the whole group as they dance.
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