An Evening of Canadian Folk Songs

Last year Daphne and I sang Canadian folk songs in our June show at the Log Drive Café, but Ranald was not able to join us. This year, Ranald will be there to sing songs from his extensive repertoire. My collection of traditional songs has grown in the past year, as well. I am very excited to have more local material, including two songs relating to a fatal log drive accident on the Mississippi River (Jim Whalen and Lost Jimmy Whalen) and a murder ballad from Napanee (The Murder of Maggie Howie). Daphne will boost the sound with her lovely voice and solid guitar playing.

I am also really excited to be in a bigger hall, so there will be room for more folks. As well, we will have the benefit of the lingering evening light as the Old Town Hall has lovely big windows. Details are below, and you can download the poster if you would like to help spread the word.

Canadian Songs June 8 13 poster

An Evening of Canadian Folk Songs

Maura Volante & Ranald Thurgood with Daphne Volante on guitar and vocals

Old Town Hall
61 Main Street

June 8, 2013
8 pm

Come join Maura, Ranald and Daphne in a concert featuring a variety of traditional Canadian folk songs as well as a few of more recent vintage. Feel free to sing along on the choruses!

$10* at the door
Email maura.volante@gmail.com to reserve tickets.

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

*If $10 is a hardship, offer what you can afford at the door and it will be accepted.

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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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