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Folk Singing: Sing in English

Class of 12

22/02/2023 6:30pm

Title: Folk Singing; Sing in English

Venue: Virtual Online 

22nd Feb

Course Duration: 6 weeks

Time: 6.30pm – 7.45pm

Cost: £66

How to book: Book via this page

Who is this course intended and suitable for?

The course is suitable for
singers with a range of singing and musical experience. You need to be able to
sing in tune and in time, but you do not need to be able to read musical
notation, as tunes will be learned by ear. You need to be able to follow written
and verbal instructions in English and read lyrics. 

Course description

Songs will draw from the
vast and rich repertoire of songs from the British Isles, as so many folk songs
and their various versions are commonly found across these borders). The course
will cover vocal techniques related to Irish folk singing. You will learn a new
song by ear each week with lyrics provided after first learning the tune,
ornamentation, and interpretation. 

You will develop musical
skills through learning by ear, develop an understanding of different genres
and styles of Irish folk song, demonstrate some understanding of ornamentation,
use of tone, phrasing and variation. The class will begin with vocal warm-ups,
vocal and breathing techniques appropriate to folk singing. You will receive
tutor critique and feedback, and advice on researching songs for further

Teacher: Allison Sleator 

Allison tries to capture the sometimes plaintive and candid
qualities of traditional, folk and contemporary music in her work. She is an
avid collector of songs from around the globe, singing the tunes she’s amassed,
while also composing her own body of work.

She has collaborated with legendary figures such as world-renowned
producer, composer and bouzouki player, Donal Lunny, founder of historic folk
bands; 'Moving Hearts', 'Planxty', and 'The Bothy Band'. She has performed on
stage with the globally celebrated Irish band, 'The Chieftains' and acclaimed
songwriter, Declan O’Rourke, among others.

She recently featured on London-based band, 'Crystal Fighters'
latest mix-tape album and was guest vocalist on London-based, Turner-nominated
artist and theorist collective, ‘The Otolith Group’s’ most recent work,
‘Infinity minus Infinity’, which was commissioned by the ‘Sharjah Architecture

Class dates: 

–        Wednesday 22nd Feb

–        Wednesday 1st March

–        Wednesday 8th March

–        Wednesday 15th March

–        Wednesday 22nd March

–        Wednesday 29th March 

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