Thanks for coming to the show!

We had a wonderful time at the (sold out!) Ballads & Sea Songs show, thanks to my buddies up there with me and the enthusiastic audience who sang lustily on the choruses. If you enjoyed it or couldn’t make it and wish you were there, save the date: January 25, for Songs of Work at the Log Drive Café. I will post the details soon

Meanwhile, if any of you who were there want to learn some of the songs you sang along with, some of them are up on both the Events page (for a limited time) and on the Songs page. Most of them are the ones I led, but I have just published one of the songs Ranald sang as well: Go to Sea No More. If there are songs I sang you don’t find, please ask for them and I will post them. And if you don’t remember the tunes, and can’t find a youtube version you like, please contact me and I will sing to your message system so you have a record of it to learn from.

In all the rush of getting this show ready I have not been promoting my Carol Singing services this year, but now that the season is upon us, I will take this opportunity to let you all know that if you want Christmas Carols at your party, I am happy to sing them and lead you and your guests in singing them. I love the traditional Christmas repertoire!

Thanks again to all of you who came to the show. I look forward to singing with you again soon.


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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