May 26, 2015

‘As I roved out’ Folk songs of the British Isles with Yvette Staelens

Level – Open
Area – Song

The British Isles have a rich and incredibly diverse folk song culture. The songs collected by a swathe of Victorian and Edwardian song collectors were pounced upon by the sixties folk song revivalists and widely popularised and many of you will have sung them. This workshop will share gems from this treasury; call and response songs, work songs, sea shanties, love songs and other songs of the people. There will be sumptuous harmony and best of all – you don’t have to read music to participate. Yvette’s teaching style ensures that songs are accessible for all – even the most un-confident singer. There’s always a big crowd. Please do come and join the celebration of your voice, and share the joy of singing in a choir with rip roaring, and sometimes sublime harmony with other Dorisers!

About Yvette

Yvette is a research fellow at Bournemouth University specialising in English folk song. She has worked on radio and television programmes including a BBC Radio 4 Boxing Day show about Gloucestershire folk songs in Beatrix Potter’s ‘Tailor of Gloucester’. She has written on Cecil Sharp in The Guardian and her Halsway Choir appeared on BBC 2 ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ in January 2018. Yvette works in the UK where she leads two community choirs, plus a village choir, and a socialist singing group, and her combined choir, ‘Voice of the People’ tours to Europe annually. Internationally she has performed and taught in Australia, USA, France, Ireland and Latvia. She has just completed co-ordinating the Human Henge project at Stonehenge/Avebury, working with people with mental health issues in the prehistoric landscape, drawing upon her training as an archaeologist and integrating her ‘Singing Landscape’ research and practice.

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