Concert: Ballads & Sea Songs

I am really excited to announce that I am doing a concert this fall. I discovered a new performance venue in town, mostly used for jazz at this point, but it seems perfect for folk songs. It is small enough for an acoustic show in which we will all hear each other when people sing along.

It will be all traditional material this time, combining two of my favourite folk song forms: ballads and sea songs.  Ranald, Dale and Neville are going to help me, adding some male voices to the mix, and everyone is welcome to sing along with all the choruses.

Details below. Comments and questions welcome.


Ballads & Sea Songs

with special guests, Ranald Thurgood, Dale Morland & Neville Miller

(part of Alcorn Music Studio)
953 Gladstone Avenue
Friday, November 23, 2012
8 pm (doors 7:30)
$10 in advance, $12 at the door*

Come listen and sing along with Maura Volante and friends in an evening of traditional folk songs from Canada, the British Isles and the open sea.

The ballads tell archetypal stories of murder, heartbreak, accidents and, occasionally, happy endings.

These will be balanced out by rollicking sea shanties, the work songs used by sailors to help them with their heaving and hauling all over the globe.

Tea, coffee, cold drinks and baked goods will be available at intermission

* If this is a hardship, speak to the person at the door for a discount.


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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