We meet again

On Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 pm, one month after the first meeting of the new folk music project, we are meeting again to continue the discussion and formulate some plans for this new project intended to make more folk music happen in Ottawa.

If you have been following the posts on this you will know that I initiated this project last fall by soliciting interest (and got many responses!); then a group of us met on February 6. It was a good beginning but one evening is never enough to get the ball rolling; also we want to include people who couldn’t make it to that meeting. We chose a Tuesday, which will no doubt eliminate some people even as it includes others. If you are interested in being part of this project, please come and add your thoughts and your commitment to action.

This time the meeting is in the south end, near Bank and Walkley, at the home of Elizabeth Winklaar (thanks, Liz!). Please contact me to get the address if you think you would like to come.


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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