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Finding Your Own Voice in Traditional Song With Dan Milner by midatlanticcce
May 25, 2011, 1:27 pm
Filed under: NYC, Songs / Singers, Workshop

Finding Your Own Voice in Traditional Song With Dan Milner

Saturday, June 4 | 11am – 2pm

Finding Your Own Voice in Traditional Song is a combined lecture and workshop that cuts straight to the heart of traditional singing in Ireland and its Diaspora.

Not all great songs are good for every singer. However, all singers can find songs suitable for their own voices and distinguish themselves with one or more basic qualities that make their performances exceptional; among these are charm, conviction, style, originality, and an understanding of oneself and one’s audience.

Repertoire building and song history will be stressed in this class because, in singing, there is nothing as fortuitous as having the right song for the moment at hand.

Participants will learn one humorous song, one love ballad, and one chorus song – maybe more, time permitting.

This class is open to adults of all ages, teenagers, and mature children accompanied by a parent. Ability to read music is not required but a portable recording device will be invaluable.

Dan Milner comes from a long line of Irish traditional singers. He co-teaches Storytelling in Song: The Ballad Tradition at New York University, has guest lectured at Harvard University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and sung at festivals, museums and concert venues here and abroad. Dan performs often with Robbie O’Connell and is a member of NYU’s Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra. His 1983 songbook, The Bonnie Bunch of Roses, and his recordings – including the recent Smithsonian Folkways release Irish Pirate Ballads – are considered classics. If you are unable to attend this class, Dan will return to the Catskills Irish Arts Week as an instructor this July.

Registration: $35 general sale / $30 members, seniors, students
To register contact Rachael Gilkey at 212.757.3318 ext 209 or rachael@irishartscenter.org.

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