Singing Around the Table: A fun evening of Traditional Songs of Ireland and Britain with Felicity Greenland & Tomoko Saito.
I wanted a wee bit more information though. So I asked Felicity, “Could I have a wee bit more information please?” And she said:
About the workshop:
I’ve had the time of my life in London sessions and folk clubs where everyone joins in choruses, spontaneously, in mass harmony – it’s great for the soul and a fantastic community builder, and I’d love to establish it here in Japan. I notice that the Japanese people who come to our sessions love to clap along and will join in a simple chorus, but of course they don’t have a huge repertoire of the Irish/British songs. So I’ve been thinking for a long time about songs that might suit them – repetitive songs they could quickly grasp, or slow ones with simple short-ish narratives that they could follow if they have a sheet at first but might eventually learn. It was also important to give them songs that they might encounter or share later in a real, adult, social (not educational) environment.
Tomoko and I have come up with a list including call-and-response songs (sea shanties for example), long cumulative songs (don’t worry, not 1000 green bottles), narratives with a gentle pace at which they can read, and some whose melodies are known (thanks to Celtic Woman and the Meji education reforms). We hope everyone will enjoy it. We are nervous and excited – it’s our first time, but we hope it’s the beginning of something.
About Tomoko Saito:
Tomoko Saito is a young fiddle player from Nara. By day she works in a bank, by night she plays in Irish sessions and performs in Irish bands with Takahiro Kunugi or Atsushi Akazawa. She has a beautiful voice, sings three Irish songs and is very keen to expand her repertoire, so she is the perfect partner for this workshop.
Thank you Felicity! Well, Ted and I will be there and singing lustily. Will you join us?!