- Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections
- Mariposa Folk Foundation
- MITS Presents: Intro. to Folk music for children
MITS Presents: Intro. to Folk music for children
Item consists of audio recording of Mariposa In the Schools: Introduction to Folk Music for Children workshop hosted by Rick Avery in which the participatory tradition of folk music is emphasized. Bram Morrison teaches the audience a song about a goat using the "lining out" technique. Rick Avery discusses innovative approaches to makeshift instrumentation and explains "cheek music" to the audience, demonstrating how it's done. Chick Roberts shows the audience various approaches to using one's hands for percussion. Sharon Hampson illustrates to the audience how to use the spoons, followed by a demonstration by all the musicians combining all techiques discussed. Rick Avery explains the different ways of using ones voice and singing a cappella. Sharon Hampson singing an "Eskimo" lullaby. Bram Morrison teaches the audience an Iroquois lullaby. Ken Whiteley performs a work song "Long John" (trad.) with the audience clapping and singing along. Sharon Hampson sings a tall tale called "The Frozen Logger" (James Stevens). Rick Avery performs the tall tale "Darby Ram" (trad.) followed by Chick Roberts performing a different version of the same song and then Rick Avery singing yet another version. Ken Whiteley explains that there is no "right way" to sing a song and then the group performs "Groundhog" (trad.) Rick Avery explains how to manipulate instruments to make them sound like other things. They play a fiddle to sound like a train and a banjo to sound like a chicken. Chick Roberts plays the harmonica to sound like a train and then Bram Morrison uses a guitar as a drum and Avery plays a penny whistle. Ken Whiteley performs "Reuben's Train" (trad.). Sharon Hampson sings the Canadian song "The Girls of Ontario" (trad.) and Chick Roberts performs an urban song from the 1890s about draft-dodging with the audience skatting along, titled: "When the War Breaks Out Down in Mexico" (J. Brandon Walsh), and "The Saskatchewan Song" (trad.). Ken Whiteley sings "The Vegetable Song (the Barnyard Dance)" (Martin, Bogan and Armstrong). Rick Avery performs "The Black Fly Song" (Wade Hemsworth), Chick Roberts explains the concept of the "rent party" and selects some children from the audience to play the jug, the washboard, sandpaper, the kazoo, the slide whistle and the shaker. He sings "The Boodelam Shake"?