Village Harmony Community Chorus
Oct
19
to May 16

Village Harmony Community Chorus


Join the Monthly Chorus!

Village Harmony is coming to Mettabee Farm & Arts! This un-auditioned-world-music-community choir will be led by the dynamic , Larry Gordon, the co-director of Vermont-based Village Harmony and Sinead O’Mahoney, one of Village Harmony’s dynamic co-leaders. This chorus is open to teen and adult singers of all levels of experience. Reading music and prior singing experience, while great assets, are NOT necessary to participate. Younger singers may be welcome if accompanied by an adult and if they are able to focus comfortably for the full day.

Our repertoire will include authentic, challenging world music such as: dance-songs from South Africa, folk polyphony from the Balkans, Caucasus Georgia and Corsica songs, traditional American shape-note songs, folk arrangements, gospel quartet songs and more.

Larry Gordon has been leading choirs since he founded a madrigal group in 1962 while in high school. Since 1971 he has lived in central Vermont where he has become a kind of Johnny Appleseed of community music making, founding the very popularVillage Harmony 30 years ago. He continues to be active as a conductor, a teacher, a publisher, and a community organizer, bringing the joy and depth of world music to both trained and untrained musicians of all ages.

Sinead O'Mahoney,has been singing and working with Village Harmony steadily for the past 12 years, first as a student and now as a teacher. She has been co-leading Village Harmony teen traveling camps for the past three years. She is the co-leader of Boston Harmony, the Village Harmony community world music choir in the Boston area.  She has traveled with Village Harmony to Bosnia and thrice to Georgia , working extensively with native teachers.  She has also worked extensively with South African teachers and she has a particular aptitude for the rhythms and vocal style of South African songs and dances. 


Time: 10:00am (arrival) - 5:00pm with a pot-luck lunch

Dates (usually 3rd Saturday of the month)

October 19 (pay for a single day or commit to the year)

November 16

December 14

January 18

February 15

March 14

Maybe April 18

May 16 with a concert in the evening


Sliding Scale Costs*:

$350 - $200 sliding scale for the year (payment plans are fine)

$50 - $30 Single Day**

REGISTER HERE

*The tuition goes to the teachers' or performers' travel expenses, copies, preparation, teaching and.... and to Mettabee to help cover: insurance, taxes, heat, upkeep, supplies and...). For those who can, please pay the full fee. The sliding scale is to allow equal access to all but not to provide a "good deal," for those who have enough financial resources. Thanks for your understanding!!* If we have an extremely large group, the tuition may be reduced! 

**This is considered a committed group. However, if someone wants or needs to try it for a day, they will be welcome! If folks need to miss a session(s) that is OK too. We need the commitment to assure that the teachers are adequately compensated for their efforts and that the chorus can build on each session.**

www.villageharmony.org
https://villageharmony.bandcamp.com/



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Haloween Contra Dance
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Haloween Contra Dance

Haloween Contra Dance 


Suggested $ 10–$15 Adults
$5–$10 Kids

Costumes Encouraged! Everyone Welcome!

The Capital District Megaband is a community contra dance
band based in upstate New York, sponsored by the DanceFlurry
Organization, and conducted by George Wilson. The band consists of
local amateur musicians interested in playing dance music for dancers.
Participating musicians are from all over the Capital region. Besides
the traditional fiddle, guitar, flute, and keyboard, the band includes
brass instruments, recorders, banjos, and just about anything that
can play music.

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Dave Curley & Finn Magill Concert
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Dave Curley & Finn Magill Concert

Sunday Oct 27, 2019, 3pm

$15-25 Suggested Adults

$10-15 Suggested Kids

Reserve Tickets Here

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Dave Curley has collaborated with everyone from Grammy award winners Moya Brennan of Clannad to Ross Holmes of Mumford and Sons. Andrew Finn Magill, an Asheville native, is an All-Ireland finalist fiddler and Ropeadope Recording artist. Come hear two of the most exciting young musicians in the U.S. for a night of Irish tune & song!

Dave Curley is one of Ireland's leading multi-instrumentalists, vocalists and a champion step dancer. Hailing from Co. Galway on the west coast of Ireland, Curley has brought his wealth of talents to the largest of stages in North America and Western Europe. He has performed at the prestigious Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, recorded with Grammy award winners Ron Block, Jeff Taylor and Buddy Greene, and toured with Grammy award winners Moya Brennan of Clannad and Ross Holmes of Mumford and Sons. For 10 years, Curley has worked with the award winning traditional super group, SLIDE, headlining North America's largest Irish festivals.

Multi-instrumentalist, All-Ireland fiddle finalist and Ropeadope Recording artist Andrew “Finn the fiddler” Magill has watched his career surge ever since the 2016 release of his 2- disc concept album Roots (which debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts) & Branches. Raised at The Swannanoa Gathering, Magill has learned and carved out a name for himself in Irish, American and Brazilian music, collaborating with everyone from Rising Appalachia to John Doyle. He has toured five continents and self-released four albums in everything from traditional Irish music to African fusion. Curley & Magill bring together a wealth of genres and instruments into this exciting new musical collaboration of Irish tunes and songs.

andrewfinnmagill.com

davecurleymusic.com

Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iJWEdIQvDQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhWn7Po0Igw

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Fall Farmer Social and Fruit Tree Fundraiser
Oct
30
5:00 PM17:00

Fall Farmer Social and Fruit Tree Fundraiser

Benefiting the Kakamega Care Center, Kenya

COME RECONNECT AND CELEBRATE THE SEASON WHILE RALLYING IN SUPPORT OF OUR GLOBAL FARM COMMUNITY. LIGHT REFRESHMENTS INCLUDING SOME TRADITIONAL KENYAN FARE WILL BE SERVED.

For more info and tickets/donations visit - http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-farmer-social-fruit-tree-fundraiser-tickets-76354900563 

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 Fàrsan in Concert
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Fàrsan in Concert

$20 per person, or $50 for family

Reserve Tickets Here

Powered by four of the brightest voices in a new generation of traditional musicians, Fàrsan unites song, dance and instrumental music from the Gaelic traditions of Scotland and North America. Gaelic has long been a culture on the move; with strongholds in Scotland and Cape Breton, the language and music have travelled to the farthest corners of the New World, finding new homes and nurturing communities in the unlikeliest of places. Fàrsan's brand-new self-titled debut release is a product of this legacy of movement and migration.

Màiri Britton, Elias Alexander, Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman each represent an engaging new take on their cultural traditions. Màiri's Gaelic song and stepdance repertoires have a foundation in her native Scotland but are heavily influenced by her current work teaching and researching song and dance in Nova Scotia. Katie's fiddling and Neil's piano and stepdance continue the strong connection between New England and Maritime Canada, both having grown up in the Scottish and Cape Breton music community that surrounds Boston. Elias brings an American flair to the Scottish border pipes, merging a love of the tradition with a wealth of new ideas.

Song, instrumental and dance traditions are often viewed as three separate worlds, but Fàrsan challenges that notion, bringing together the melodies of Gaelic songs and puirt-à-beul (mouth music) with their instrumental counterparts and interjecting rhythmic stepdance seamlessly to the mix. The result is a unique combination of sound and movement which delivers vibrant energy to every performance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGYWd-wfSW8

Website—www.farsanband.com

Social media—https://www.facebook.com/farsanband, https://www.instagram.com/farsanband/


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AN EVENING WITH MIKE BLOCK
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

AN EVENING WITH MIKE BLOCK

An evening with Grammy Award-Winner Mike Block, Voice and Cello, features an eclectic mix of original compositions, songs, arrangements of traditional folk music, and classical selections that draw inspiration from his diverse collaborations with artists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Mark O’Connor, Indian tabla player Sandeep Das, and pop stars such as will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, and Bon Iver.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=7yv6TapwI_I

Bio

Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century." Passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, Mike is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. At home in a wide range of musical styles, through a multi-genre approach to composition, performance and education, he seeks to inspire audiences and empower musicians to find joy in the full world of music.  

Mike is member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble (SRE), having joined in 2005 while a student at The Juilliard School. Touring extensively throughout the world with SRE, he has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home. Mike also served as Music Director for SRE’s acclaimed opening concert of New York City's Central Park SummerStage 2011 season "Night at the Caravanserai: Tales of Wonder".

As an innovator, Mike is among the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand and move while playing. Employing his patented design, The Block Strap, Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall. The NY Times characterized the performance as, "Breathless ... Half dance, half dare." 

As an educator, Mike is passionate about creativity and collaboration.  In 2010 he founded the Mike Block String Camp (MBSC) as a way to provide players of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn from a world-class faculty in a variety of styles, supporting the exploration and development of the artistic voice of each student. Mike is also the founding Director of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW), designed to foster a community of globally minded musicians. He teaches online through his Multi-Style Cello School at ArtistWorks.com, with an extensive library of instructional and performance videos, and authored the book Contemporary Cello Etudes, published by Berklee Press.   

Acclaimed by the NY Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing," Block's solo performances offer a rich mixture of core classical repertoire with original compositions. He has collaborated in performance and recordings with a variety of diverse musicians, including Will.i.am, Edgar Meyer, Stevie Wonder, The New York Philharmonic, Bon Iver, Zakir Hussain, Rachel Barton Pine, Allison Krauss, Mark O'Connor, Rhiannon Giddens, Bobby McFerrin, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Julian Lage. Mike is an active recording artist of original material, folk music and cross-cultural collaborations. He has an ongoing project to record all of the Bach cello suites in acoustically glorious bathrooms of famous concert halls, BachInTheBathroom.com. In 2017, Block became an ongoing contributor to Facebook’s Sound Collection, for which he has composed, arranged, recorded, and produced over 300 tracks ranging from Western Classical to contemporary pop, as well as traditional music from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.  

During his time living in New York City, Mike regularly subbed on Broadway as on-stage cellist for the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Next to Normal, and he also worked as Music Consultant on the 2012 film, A Late Quartet. Mike was the subject of a 2011 feature article in the Wall Street Journal for his Artistic Directorship of the GALA BROOKLYN Music Festival, featuring cross-cultural collaborations among locally-based musicians. Mike’s television and radio credits include Late Night with Conan O’BrianRegis and Kelly, NBC’s 30 Rock, NPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, WNYC’s Soundcheck, APM’s Performance Today, WNBC 4’s Chuck Scarborough Show, VH1, The Disney Channel, and the CBS Early Show.

Mike attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied cello with Richard Aaron, and received the Jim Hall Prize for Undergraduate Achievement. He earned a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School, studying with Darrett Adkins and Joel Krosnick. Mike plays on a modern cello made in 2014 by Fabienne Gauchet, a Yamaha electric cello, D’Addario strings, a David Gage Realist pickup, and the patented cello strap of his own design, The Block Strap. In 2012, he was appointed Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, and in 2018 also joined the faculty of New England Conservatory through the Contemporary Improvisation program. Mike lives in Boston with his wife, fiddler Hanneke Cassel, and their young daughter. 

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The Saga of Ragnar Loðbrok and Other Tales
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Saga of Ragnar Loðbrok and Other Tales

7:30 pm

Suggested $15-20

Reserve Tickets Here

Chapter House weaves together stories and music to create unique concert experiences.  In this program, Peter and Sarah Walker explore the rich lore of the medieval Norse world, including the saga of the legendary viking Ragnar Loðbrok, tales from the Eddas featuring mythical gods and giants, and the Vinland sagas, which describe Leif Eriksson’s discovery of the New World centuries before Columbus.  Music is drawn from medieval and traditional sources, and performed on a variety of instruments including Swedish bagpipe, Norwegian medieval lyre, overtone flute, tagelharpa, and kantele.


Bio:

Chapter House was formed in 2018 by Peter and Sarah Walker, in order to bring old tales to new audiences.  Firmly grounded in scholarship and tradition, the duo is dedicated to rediscovering and reinvigorating the connection between song and story.  Chapter House has been featured on concert series presented by Gotham Early Music, the Society for Historically Informed Performance, and the GRAMMY-nominated Skylark Vocal Ensemble.  Peter Walker is a critically acclaimed singer and award winning piper who performs with ensembles in the US and abroad, and has lectured on early music at Vassar College and the University of Virginia.   Sarah grew up in the Appalachian storytelling tradition, and has performed extensively in her home state of West Virginia and throughout New England. She holds degrees in Medieval Studies, Art History, and Library Science, and is a children’s librarian in Connecticut.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3w7UeTsKzY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBvwkXq9HQk


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Holotropic Breathwork Weekend
Oct
11
to Oct 12

Holotropic Breathwork Weekend

OCTOBER 11 and 12 please RSVP by OCTOBER 1 st

The Safe, Natural, Legal, Authentic, Self-generated Spiritual Alternative to Psychedelics

with Grof certified facilitator Keith Harmon Snow

Friday 11th 5-7 pm Introduction and Info (open to the public, free)

Saturday 12th 9 am – 8pm Two breathwork sessions

$160 by September 10th (including organic food on Saturday)

$180 after

to register call Vera 518 672 4680 or email verahanakova@gmail.com

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Ecstatic Dance
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Ecstatic Dance


Sliding Scale $0-$10+

Please RSVP to ecstaticdancehv@gmail.com

Ecstatic Dance describes a healing, liberating, and mindful movement practice rooted in freedom of expression and self-love. There is no wrong way to move in this practice— it’s all about honoring the flows of the body and surrendering to rhythmic music and collective energies. Join us for a consciousness-expanding and body-healing evening with a freeform dance session, live DJ, guided mediation, and more surprises to come. 

All bodies welcome!

Ecstatic Dance is a substance-free and technology-free gathering rooted in self-soveringty and consensual movement. 

About the facilitator: Lila Rimalovski is a community gatherer tending to the intersection of inner-healing, social liberation, and deep ecological regeneration. Lila met Ecstatic Dance just one year ago in New York City and has since danced ecstatically everywhere she can— most recently in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. She recently began a 10-month long fellowship program at Hawthorne Valley Farm where she is researching how to build regenerative social systems rooted in compassion, reciprocity, and interconnectedness. Lila loves being with the moon, sitting in early-morning meditation, and living on a communal homestead in Ghent, NY.


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Writing From Life with Chloe Caldwell
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Writing From Life with Chloe Caldwell

Writing From Life with Chloe Caldwell

Ever feel like life just happens to you, and you need time to process? In this two-day memoir workshop, students will learn tools for writing their narrative. Chloe will provide a casual and encouraging environment to share stories and craft language. There will be in-class readings and discussions, writing prompts, and a Q & A. Students will leave the weekend energized about their writing with new ideas and knowledge. On Sunday there will be an optional yoga class to seal the weekend.

Cost: $250 with sliding scale offered. Register at cocomonet@gmail.com.

Chloe Caldwell is the author of three books: the novella Women, and essay collections I'll Tell You in Person, and Legs Get Led Astray. Her essays have been published in New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Vice, Nylon, Medium, Chronogram, and is forthcoming in The New York Times. She teaches personal essay writing at Catapult in New York City, and lives in Hudson with her husband. www.chloesimonne.com

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Northern Harmony World Harmony Choir
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Northern Harmony World Harmony Choir

Folk Dancing 3-5PM
 
Concert 7PM

Suggested admission at the door is sliding scale: $5-15

Northern Harmony, an ensemble of ten brilliant young singers based in Vermont, presents concert of world harmony traditions. The Group will also lead folk dancing that afternoon from 3-5 pm, including Balkan, English country and contra dances. There will be a potluck supper between the dancing and the concert.

Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony is the highest level performing group under the umbrella of the world music organization Village Harmony, which sponsors singing camps and workshops in New England and many parts of the world. (see www.villageharmony.org ) All the singers in the present ensemble are veterans of many years of Village Harmony singing programs. Most of them have studied traditional singing styles first hand with native teachers in South Africa, Corsica and Caucasus Georgia, and some are singing leaders in their own right. the group is currently on a month-long tour of the Northeast and the Midwest.

The concert program presents a thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, American shape- note singing and quartet gospel. South Africa has a particularly powerful and appealing folk harmony singing tradition, with a rich, resonant vocal sound, and wonderfully syncopated rhythm. The singing is always accompanied by dancing, with the rhythm of the dance movements often in counterpoint to the song. Georgia’s ancient three-part harmony singing tradition features a dark, sonorous vocal quality, and
startling harmonies, unlike anything in European music. Traditional Corsican singing, passed down through oral tradition, features two highly ornamented upper voices over a more sustained harmonic bass.
Northern Harmony also performs a wide variety of village music from the Balkan countries. 

For further information visit the Northern Harmony website: www.villageharmony.org

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Patrick Ball / Celtic Harp in "Come Dance With Me In Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country”
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Patrick Ball / Celtic Harp in "Come Dance With Me In Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country”

Suggested $15-20

Reserve Tickets Here

A musical and dramatic performance based on the life and works of William Butler Yeats.

In the spring of 2016 and 2018, Patrick was awarded Visiting Fellowships by the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway to study the life and works of Ireland’s greatest poet, William Butler Yeats. Patrick spent a commendable amount of time in the Archives and Special Collections. But, if he were forced to be truthful, he would have to admit that he spent a great deal more time in the pubs of Galway and rambling around Yeats Country. He likes to think that this performance has the savor of all these influences.

This concert is the story of an elderly Irish couple who had spent their entire adult lives in the states but have returned to Ireland to go on a "Yeats Country” tour. The husband had always loved Yeats’ poetry and knew much of it by heart. But, he is now suffering severe memory loss. The wife has arranged the trip in hopes that a visit to Yeats Country will help to revive some of those memories.

They visit many of the places beloved by Yeats. They hear again some of his most beautiful poems, The Lake Isle Of Innisfree, When You Are Old, The Song Of Wandering Aengus, The Host Of The Air, The Wild Swans At Coole, The White Birds. And their story unfolds…

Patrick performs the accompanying music on the legendary wire-strung Celtic harp. Made of maple with 32 brass strings, it is tuned diatonically in the key of D and played with the fingernails. It is a splendid recreation of the great harps that were played in Ireland a thousand years ago.


Bio

Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland and performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.”


https://www.patrickball.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJBCdzgyLeU

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Oakes & Smith
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Oakes & Smith

Celebrate Autumn with an Evening of Song, Story, Chant, and Poetry

Suggested $15-20

Berkshire-based folk duo Oakes and Smith creates an ethereal sound not often heard in today’s popular music. With their soulful original songs, the couple evokes a sense of wonder, expressing themes of love, creativity, mystery, and an appreciation of natural beauty. The duo performs regularly at Canyon Ranch and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, as well as other venues throughout the Berkshires and beyond.

"heartfelt music that touches the soul"

— Anthony Avina, On Request Magazine

"their sound is as harmonic and gorgeous as anything on vintage vinyl"

— Allison Johnelle Boron, Popdose

"spiritual…passionate…serious emotional depth"

— Ryan Donnelly, One On One Music

"Oakes and Smith have the ability to bring a sense of calm and ease to the air…with songs so full of wisdom and true emotions."

— Kylee Colvin, The Levity Ball

Featuring special guests:

Justin Green • percussion, piano, harmonium, vocals
Justin Green is an experiential facilitator, musician, and massage therapist. At the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA, Justin was introduced to the heart-opening practice of Kirtan, a devotional yogic practice of call-and-response chanting. Justin enjoys building connection with music, laughter, and chocolate.

Kalidasa Joseph Getter • flute, clarinet, percussion, vocals
Kalidasa Joseph Getter is a multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, educator, and creative world musician, making music for dance, theater, yoga, sound healing, and more. He lived in India for two years and has degrees in Religion from Oberlin College and in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. Kalidasa also leads and accompanies Kirtan.

Will Boyce • poetry
Will Boyce is a poet, qigong teacher and a Christian contemplative retreat leader who has spent the majority of his career helping people suffering from addictions. When he’s not writing poetry you can often find him hiking, reading late Victorian supernatural fiction or playing with his pug but not necessarily in that order.

Links:
Before Dawn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3st8hXMBirY
Carry the Weight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7FyAnHSh18
Song of the Open Road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9btDSUQXIHk
The Holy Moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSmjQrNq6II
Earth and Sky Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfY3jgdgkzQ
The Song of the Reed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DTfc-8zwLA


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Kinobe "The Voice Within"
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Kinobe "The Voice Within"

Suggested $20

Reserve Tickets HERE

For the first time in nearly a decade, Kinobe (pronounced chi-no-bay), the talented Ugandan multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, will embark on a SOLO multi-city North American tour. The man whose work has been called, “some of the most exquisite music coming out of Africa today,” by Zina Sarowiwa of the BBC, will be performing to a vast audience in an intimate setting.

When he was just a small boy, Kinobe listened for hours from a distance to the infectious drumming rhythms that echoed in the night air from the Royal Palace located just a few meters from his house in Uganda. It was his first attraction to traditional music. Twenty-five years, 10 CDs, and over 100 international performances later, the gifted self-taught artist is launching his North American tour on the heels of the official release of his “The Voice Within” CD. On this Album, Kinobe creates soulful and soothing music that emanates from his custom-made Kora, Kalimba, Tama and Endongo, along with rich layers of vocals performed in English and his native Ugandan tongue.

He derived the CD’s title from the lives of those who have a voice but are often not heard—such as children who’ve been traumatized by war or poverty—many of whom he’s mentored and trained in orphanages and refugee camps in Uganda for the past seven years. He credits their triumphant stories of survival as the inspiration to write many of the lyrics on his CD.

http://kinobemusic.com/site/

https://youtu.be/c7pgCxwyZtk

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Extinction Rebellion Talk
Aug
18
to Aug 19

Extinction Rebellion Talk

Presentation and Slideshow

Free

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it, and demands profound changes in all aspects of society. Join us to learn how you can be part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future!

XRmass.org

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Silver Linings- Social Clowning Performance
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Silver Linings- Social Clowning Performance

Wednesday, August 7, 7-8:30

Free Admission, All Ages Welcome

An evening sharing with Vivian Gladwell, Laura Geilen and the participants of the Nose to Nose Social Clowning workshop taking place this week at Mettabee!
A public sharing on currents issues facing our times and our community. Please join us!

Bring your friends and your thoughts and worries about our world and our future, and see what insights the clowns may give us!



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Y Project Retreat- What's Freedom Got to Do With It?
Jul
19
to Jul 23

Y Project Retreat- What's Freedom Got to Do With It?

During this 5-day retreat we will explore identity, sexuality, gender and social understanding through conversations, presentations, artistic experience, social time and quiet time. We will share our questions and experiences and learn from one another. We will explore the limits and liberties of gender, the complexity of attraction, and working with the masculine and feminine forces in each of us towards greater inner freedom.

When: 19th-23rd July 2019

Where: Mettabee Farm & Arts in Hillsdale, New York

Accommodation: Participants bring and pitch their own camping tents; there are a few indoor spaces available on a needs basis. Three simple vegetarian meals will be provided each day

Finances: Sliding Scale $150-250. You can send us post-dated checks leading up to the event or pay in full at registration. We have some scholarships available if needed. 

Participants: Ages 18-35. If you are younger than 18 years old but feel connected to being at this event, please contact us: 

Email: contact@developingtheself.org or 

Phone: 908-227-0004

This retreat is sponsored by the Y Project with Meaghan Witri, Sarah Hearn, Séamus Maynard, Anthony Mecca, Ella Lapointe, Jen Zimberg and others to be announced.


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Village Harmony Teen Ensemble Presents Summer Concert Program
Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

Village Harmony Teen Ensemble Presents Summer Concert Program

Village Harmony Teen World Music Ensemble Session Two presents their summer concert program:

Friday, July 12

7:30 pm

Suggested admission at the door is sliding scale $5-$15.

Twenty-five brilliant teen singers from four states plus France are led by Heidi Wilson, Gideon Crevoshay, and Avery Book. The concert includes an eclectic mix of traditional and new songs from the Republic of Georgia, Sweden, Corsica, Sardinia, Appalachia, songs of struggle and resilience, and Heidi Wilson's originalcompositions. The ensemble will also be singing several songs from South America that they learned from special guest teacher Sophya Ramirez, who hails from Colombia and lives in Ecuador.

Each Village Harmony ensemble develops its own unique sound with a different team of leaders. All share common traits: a powerful, natural, unrestrained, vocal sound; a remarkable variety of vocal styles and timbres appropriate to the ethnic and traditional music; and a visible, vibrant community among the singers and audience as they share in a joyful celebration of music. Village Harmony, a non-profit, umbrella organization based in Vermont, promotes the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world. For more than twenty years, they have organized teen ensembles each summer in New England and ensembles for mixed-age and adult singers in numerous foreign countries. Heidi Wilson is a singer-songwriter and songleader. She will share original compositions and folk songs by and in service to community and the natural world; songs that celebrate the seasons, offer thanks and praise, lull babies to sleep, muster courage, and make room for healing. Gideon Crevoshay, born in the hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, grew up singing and traveling with Village Harmony around the globe. He will teach from his repertoire of traditional and ancient forms of singing from the U.S., Caucasus, and Mediterranean, exploring the wisdom contained within these traditions and how they can inform present ideas of music making and community. Vermont-based songleader and community organizer Avery Book will teach traditional songs from the island of Sardinia and from Caucasus Georgia, and songs from U.S. social movements.

For information visit www.villageharmony.org

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RagTag – A Circus in Stitches and Workshops with Cirque Us
Jun
25
to Jun 26

RagTag – A Circus in Stitches and Workshops with Cirque Us

2 Performances! $15 Suggested

June 25, 7pm

June 26, 7pm

RESERVE PERFORMANCE TICKETS HERE

Workshops $15

June 25- Intro to Circus 1-3pm

June 26- Clowning 11-1pm, Juggling 1-3pm

RESERVE WORKSHOP TICKETS HERE

Have you ever stopped to think about the threads which make up the fabric of everyday life? How sometimes they feel so perfectly knit together, while at other times they feel more like a tangled web of knots? Every fiber has a source, but what keeps them from completely unraveling? Woven together, these loose ends create a new story. 

Join our RagTag group of thread-barren, yarn-spinning characters around the fire as they explore a new patchwork world.  You'll be entwined with our group of mismatched artists as they stitch together a tapestry of talents: from high-flying, knot-tying, gravity defying aerialists, to loopy jugglers, to musicians that pull your heart strings, and comedy that leaves you in stitches. Join us as we gather stories that never got to be told.  Can we find a common thread? Come witness how six separate threads are inevitably intertwined.

WORKSHOPS:

Intro to Circus: Run away with the circus, at least for a couple of hours!  This Workshop from 1-3 pm is for ages 8 and up.  Youll get specialized instruction from the Cirque Us experts, and amaze your friends! Participants will learn a wide variety of circus disciplines including, acrobatics, human pyramids, juggling, clowning and more! No previous experience is required. 

Juggling: Run away with the circus, at least for a couple of hours!  This Workshop from 1-3 pm is for ages 8 and up.  You’ll get specialized instruction from the Cirque Us experts, and amaze your friends! This two hour juggling workshop is for people with some basic juggling skills through advanced skills. Students will learn the basics of juggling and practice progressions so they can continue to develop their skills after the workshops. More advanced students will be able to work on advanced tricks as well as group juggling.  Please feel free to bring your own juggling props! 

Clowning: Run away with the circus, at least for a couple of hours!  This Workshop from 11am-1 pm is for ages 8 and up.  Youll get specialized instruction from the Cirque Us experts, and amaze your friends! This two hour workshop will be all about clowning and performance! Participants will learn the art of clowning through a variety of games and exercises. 

Lessons: The cast of RagTag is offering private lessons for our more serious circus students. Students can request coaches and disciplines they would like to work on. Lessons can be 30 minutes - 1 hour and prices will vary. Limited availability, to book please email doug@thecirqueus.com 

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Circus Arts Summer Camp
Jun
24
to Jul 5

Circus Arts Summer Camp

Week 1: June 24-28 * Week 2: July 1-5, 
10am-3pm, Ages 7-14

$300 per week, $550 for both

In Week 1 campers learn the basic skills of balance board, rolling globe, unicycle, tight wire, stilts, acrobatics, juggling and clowning. Each day begins with a group game and a fun, full-body circus warm-up, followed by introductions to each skill. Campers then rotate in groups through a series of circus learning “stations” to practice skills. Our lunch hour is outdoors and often involves water play. Juggling and “circus skills choice time” round out each afternoon. 

Week 2 is a performance week spent turning our skills into acts for a performance open to the community.

Fully insured. Limited space. Registration required.

For more info contact Laura Geilen @ 518-929-5392  or laura@nosetonose.info

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Maeve Gilchrist- Harpweaver Project
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Maeve Gilchrist- Harpweaver Project

June 21, 7pm

Adults Suggested $15-20

Kids Suggested $10-15

Reserve Tickets HERE

The harp-weaver is Maeve Gilchrist’s first venture into solo performance since the release of her acclaimed album ‘the Ostinato Project in 2013 (a beguiling suite of solo harp compositions exploring the use of the two hands as separate instruments). The evening length solo concert is inspired by and shaped around the Edna St Vincent Millay poem The Ballad of the Harp Weaver manifesting in rich, textural harp-compositions, playful renditions of traditional tunes and reimaginings of the text in both verse and song and . Some subtle electronics augment the soundscape and create an atmosphere that is both welcoming as other-worldly as instrument itself. _____________________________________________________________

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem, The Ballad of the Harp Weaver became a charmed tapestry through which Gilchrist was to weave such music, such poetry, and such song as would demonstrate with quite stunning creative understanding and technical virtuosity, the extraordinary qualities of one of the world’s oldest instruments……. .….What made the evening unique, was that it was all about the music, not the performer. Gilchrist became the passionate medium, to the ultimate benefit of the music. Perhaps it is no accident that Maeve, translated from the Gaelic, comes out as one who generates great joy, or even She who intoxicates… - Sam Edwards, Arts Critic, Waikato Times

http://www.maevegilchristmusic.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKAVlmbRnuA&feature=youtu.be

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Held in The Mother's Arms - A Day of Healing with the Teyuna
Jun
15
4:00 PM16:00

Held in The Mother's Arms - A Day of Healing with the Teyuna

4:00 PM – 9:00 pm

Suggested Donation: $94.00 – $444.00 sliding scale

Join the Teyuna Elders for a week of sacred events. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in

Colombia is known to the indigenous Teyuna—the Wiwa, Kogi, Arhuacho, and

Kankuamo peoples—as the Heart of the World. Always in service to the Mother, their

lives are dedicated to personal and planetary healing. During this unprecedented visit to

North America, Teyuna spiritual leaders (mamos) will share their earth wisdom, ancestral

songs, and non-dual consciousness, and help us nurture and deepen our own relationship

to the natural world.

All proceeds from these events support the work of the Teyuna Foundation and the

indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada.

You are always held by Earth, but when everything around you seems chaotic, how do

you feel at peace? Come cleanse and clear your nervous system in a day of healing with

the mamos at Mettabee Farm. Retreat includes music, restful time in nature, a light dinner

and question and answer with the mamos around a campfire.

For more information please contact TeyunaFoundation.org or call 802-949-0624.

Eventbright Event listed HERE

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SHAKESPEARE VERSE and TEXT WORKSHOP
Jun
10
to Jun 14

SHAKESPEARE VERSE and TEXT WORKSHOP

SHAKESPEARE VERSE and TEXT WORKSHOP

Taught by Melania Levitsky

Shakespeare's text is full of clues! 

Structure

Word choice

Spelling

Meter

Punctuation

During this 5 day workshop we will explore how those clues can illuminate Shakespeare's seemingly arcane language, and reveal meaning, sense, rhythm, pace and character.

We will work with the text of As You Like It.

Warms ups will include Chekhov technique, Spacial Dynamic exercises and improvisation games.

Please come familiar with the text of As You Like it.

The class is open to everyone.

$125 Sliding Scale

To register, please contact melan27@gmail.com

Melania Levitsky teaches at the Michael Chekhov Studio in New York City. She is the Artistic Director of Nikita Productions and the Associate Artistic Director of Walking the dog theater, who jointly produce Hawthorne Valley’s yearly Shakespeare in the Valley, which she directs: Richard II, Shakespeare’s Supernaturals, Winter's Tale. Other recent productions as director include: Self-Made Man, the Life of Frederick Douglass, and Chekhovek, both produced Off-Broadway in NYC. She is a graduate of The Spacial Dynamics Institute’s Level I and Bothmer Gymnastics.

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Songs of the Wild: Forest Bathing & Sacred Sound Immersion
Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

Songs of the Wild: Forest Bathing & Sacred Sound Immersion

Join Carrie Grossman, devotional singer, and Tam Willey, Forest Therapy Guide, for a daylong journey into the wild landscape of the heart. During this retreat, we will explore the magic that’s possible when we slow down and open the door to reciprocity with the more-than-human world. What songs does the wind offer—or the trees, the creeks, and the clouds? What is your song? Through a guided forest therapy walk, meditation, sound healing, and sacred rest, we will sit with these questions and find our place of belonging in nature—and in ourselves.

This retreat will take place at beautiful Mettabee Farm in Upstate New York. Tea, snacks, and a wholesome vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Includes:
guided meditation
chanting and sacred sound practices
deep rest
forest therapy walk
restorative time in nature
sharing circle
a nourishing, vegetarian lunch

$100 /person
$25 Deposit holds your spot

Learn more and reserve your place at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/songs-of-the-wild-forest-bathing-sacred-sound-immersion-tickets-46048328791

Carrie Grossman is a devotional singer, composer, and lifelong student of the mystical traditions. For over 20 years, she has studied the art of sacred sound, guiding people into the sublime realms of the heart through her concerts, workshops, and retreats. Her acclaimed albums include Soma-Bandhu: Friend of the Moon, The Ram Sessions, Pranam, and Dayā (forthcoming). CarrieGMusic.com

Tam Willey is a Forest Therapy Guide and Mentor, certified with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Tam believes the practice of Forest Therapy can deepen and broaden our relationships by supporting our re-membering that we are not simply in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature. Tam has extensive mentoring experience serving LGBTQ Folks through BAGLY, The Theater Offensive’s True Colors, and The Venture Out Project.
ToadstoolWalks.com

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Village Harmony Alumni Concert
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Village Harmony Alumni Concert

May 30, 7 pm

$10-20 Suggested

The Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble, will be led by Larry Gordon, founder of Village Harmony and Gideon Crevoshay, This unique world music vocal ensemble includes college-aged and young adult Village Harmony veterans, many of whom have sung and traveled with Village Harmony for many years. The program features songs and dances from South Africa,  contemporary American shape-note songs, quartet gospel,  traditional songs from Corsica, Georgia and the Balkans, and German renaissance songs from the late fifteenth century Glogaauer Liederbuch.  Village Harmony is an umbrella organization based in Vermont dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world.  Each summer they sponsor ten ensembles like this one, both in New England and in numerous foreign countries, involving both teen and adult singers.   Each group develops its own unique sound with a different international team of leaders, but all share common traits:  a powerful, natural, unrestrained, vocal sound; a remarkable variety of vocal styles and timbres, as appropriate to the many varieties of ethnic and traditional music; and the visible, vibrant community among the singers and audience as they share in a joyous celebration of music.

https://villageharmony.org/

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Transform Stress Workshop with Dr. Mike Pyfrom
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Transform Stress Workshop with Dr. Mike Pyfrom

A ‘Rest & Digest’ Workshop

Sunday, May 26 1pm - 3pm 


Let an expert Chiropractor and Yoga facilitator teach you: -Techniques & posture for more restful sleep -Quick ways to calm your mind and settle your nerves -How to aid the digestive process -The benefits of a healthy spine and nervous system.
Light snacks will be served , wear loose comfortable clothing

$25.00 per person / $45 per couple

Call 518-267-9670 to register
Visit: www.drmikepyfrom.com for more information.

Dr. Pyfrom, a Chiropractor with 30 years experience, teaches mind/body healing internationally. His office is in Hudson NY.

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Mamalama Y Andes Manta 
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

Mamalama Y Andes Manta 

Saturday May 25th

7:30 pm

Kids $10 Suggested

Adults $20 Suggested

Reserve Tickets HERE

Mamalama Y Andes Manta come together to create an otherworldly and uplifting live sound experience.

Mamalama is a kind of ethereal, modern day sacred music performed with harp, voice, shruti box, and piano. Seamlessly blending the modern with the ancient—elements of world music with early/sacred music and classical minimalism—the originally composed pieces are as much contemplative practice as performance. 

Composer/harpist/vocalist Elizabeth Clark composes pieces informed by her travels, both worldly and otherwise, recounting visionary experiences, dreams, and explorations of sacred world mythologies through music.  Accompanied by the ethereal artistic sensibilities of soprano Annie Roland (Barely Lace, Vanaver Caravan), new music composer/programmer Henry Lowengard (Pauline Oliveros 'Droniphonia', Catskill Gamelan), and currently in collaboration with the hauntingly beautiful, uplifting virtuosic 4-brother Andean ensemble “Andes Manta”, an uncommon, transporting musical journey is to be had.

“ A stunningly beautiful, intoxicating sound that may lull you to a place of peace, if only you allow it….” (Chronogram Magazine).  

   Andes Manta is an ensemble of 4 brothers from South America who have been performing the uplifting, traditional music of the Andes for over 30 years throughout the United States.They play over 35 traditional instruments including a wide variety of traditional Andean flutes (some that are 6 feet long), quena, charango, ocarinas, percussion, bandolin, frame drums, and many others.

Andes Manta has collaborated with artists like Paul Winter (St. John the Divine), performed at hundreds of universities and schools, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Discovery Channel, The National Cathedral, among others.They are well known all over America for their virtuosity and extraordinary performances. The music of Andes Manta is an experience that never fails to bring audiences to their feet. 

Mamalama Y Andes Manta  will be recording their first album together, called "Turtle Island", later this year. 

A link to a Mamalama Y Andes Manta performance which took place INSIDE the earth, in "The Widow Jane Mine” in the summer of 2018:

www.vimeo.com/mamalama

www.mamalamaband.com.   

www.andesmanta.com 

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Tara Yantra Workshop with Melissa Forbes
May
19
12:30 PM12:30

Tara Yantra Workshop with Melissa Forbes

12:30- 4PM.

$43.00

A brilliant visual meditation. Yantra construction & coloring shifts the internal landscape and can bring about profound healing. Yantras are geometric symbols that contain the specific energy of a planet or deity. In this class, we will invoke Tara, Goddess of Guidance. (Sanskrit translation  “to take across”) move us past our patterings.


Please contact Melissa for pre-registration. melissaforbes8@gmail.com



art supply list to bring

Compass (good one), eraser, clear ruler, pencil, piece of watercolor paper 140lb. 10” x 14”, favorite colors ~ colored pencils or watercolor, gouache paints. If painting bring, # 1, 2 brushes and palate.



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Gus La Casse Concert
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Gus La Casse Concert

May 18, 7pm

$15-20 Suggested Adults

$10-15 Suggested Kids

RESERVE TICKETS HERE

Fiddler Gus La Casse is a riveting young performer with exhilarating verve.  You’ll find it hard to sit still, as he takes the stage creating a one man kitchen party playing Acadian standards and his own tunes.

Described as a “passionate and masterful player who values tradition” Gus La Casse is exploring the future of fiddle music.   His repertoire reflects his innovative spirit and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions, playing both standards of the genre and original material.

 Based in Downeast Maine, Gus maintains an active performance schedule as a solo artist. 

 Gus’ music has also taken him beyond Maine. He was the 2014 student in residence at The Acadia School of Traditional Music, appearing on the Canadian international television broadcast from the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014. He traveled to Ireland as part of the Young Tradition Vermont touring group in 2016, and has enjoyed playing the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.  In 2018 Gus was a featured performer at the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine.

https://www.guslacasse.com/

https://www.facebook.com/guslacassefiddler/

https://www.instagram.com/guslacasse/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMa7kHUEmqfxklIMMCDta-g

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MAMA DIVINE DAY RETREAT
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

MAMA DIVINE DAY RETREAT

For mamas of humans and mamas of creation- join Rosy Mulligan and Rachel Haley for a day of yoga, food, and connection. Morning Yoga Flow with Rachel, Circle Work, delicious organic vegetarian lunch, and afternoon Restorative Yoga Workshop with Rosy.

More information and registration HERE

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Irish fiddler Haley Richardson and Quinn Bachand
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Irish fiddler Haley Richardson and Quinn Bachand

May 9, 7pm

Adults Suggested $15-20

Kids Suggested $10-15

Reserve Tickets HERE

Before the age of 12, both Haley and Quinn were winning awards and recognition nationally and internationally. Their immersion in Celtic and American roots music is palpable through their instrumental mastery and together, they bring a passionate, youthful energy to this fiddle tradition.  

www.qbachand.com

www.beaconridgeproductions.com



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Shearing Day at Mettabee
May
5
8:30 AM08:30

Shearing Day at Mettabee

Shearing Day at Mettabee

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Please call if you can volunteer!

518-672-7171

Sunday, May 5

8:30am-4:00pm
 

FREE
All are welcome to be a part of this Spring event through helping or just watching!


Bring food to share and musical instruments!

Rain Date will be announced on the web site!

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The Gawler Sisters with Bennett Konesni
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

The Gawler Sisters with Bennett Konesni

Adults Suggested $15-20

Kids Suggested $10-15

Reserve Tickets HERE

The Gawlers Sisters are a fun-loving, folk-singing, fiddle-playing trio based in their native Maine.  
On banjo, fiddle and cello, Molly, Edith, and Elsie bring beautiful songs, tunes, and stories from their roots in the heart of Maine. They are accompanied by guitarist and worksong scholar, "brother" Bennett Konesni.

Their music is cut directly from the fields and forests of their home state, having spent years absorbing the native style at the knees of their parents, legendary musicians John and Ellen Gawler.  Though their style it is rooted in traditional "downeast" music, years of curiosity and travel into the world beyond have influenced their sense of musicianship. Their extensive collection of rollicking tunes in the Scots-Irish, Franco-American and Scandinavian traditions is complemented by angelic three-part-harmony, gutsy worksongs, and amusing odes to everyday life.  


With their infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship, the Gawler Sisters have earned a beloved place in the delighted hearts of varied audiences across the Northeast. The folk music itself brings a sense of community and grassroots connection that is welcoming and from the heart. 

https://www.facebook.com/GawlerFamilyBand/

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Magical Strings
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Magical Strings

Magical Strings

Celtic Music & More

with Pam & Phillip Boulding


April 11, 7pm

Suggested donation: $15 - $25

Reserve Tickets HERE

Experience the vibrant ringing sounds of Magical Strings! Their unique compositions and stories will take you to Ireland and beyond. Philip and Pam, who have been touring internationally for 40 years and have recorded over 21 albums, perform on their own hand-crafted instruments.

With dancing hammers and pulsating strings, Philip and Pam Boulding create the distinctive music of Magical Strings, described by The Washington Post as "warm, graceful and sonically gorgeous." Celtic harps and hammered dulcimers are colorfully augmented by pennywhistles, concertina, valiha (Malagasy harp) and storytelling. Since 1978 they have drawn a loyal following worldwide, captivated by their energetic arrangements of Celtic music and their own engaging compositions, intertwining Celtic roots with classical and world music influences.

http://www.magicalstrings.com/index.html

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