Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Teaching American songs to an ESL @ International Center UVA

This was one of the most fun projects I have ever worked on! I taught some traditional American songs to a group of ESL (English second language) at  the International Center at UVA. I included all genres from blues, bluegrass, gospel, country, ballads, cowboy, children's, lullaby, jazz. It was quite a challenge to find songs that would also be simple enough for them to practice their english language skills. They were a delightful group and I so enjoyed it. I made a powerpoint presentation with the lyrics on it and they sang along! Here are a couple of the pictures from the event.

check out their smiling faces in this one:

 I believe I was singing, "This Little Light of Mine" in this one.....

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Third Street Coffeehouse

What a sweet little place  this is. It is an coffeehouse in Roanoke, VA in the bottom of a church. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary next month. I fell in love with folk music back in the 70s from going to places like this. I am really enjoying this traveling singer lifestyle!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

Last night was a lot of fun being part of a local singer/songwriter night at the Twisted Branch. It's such a unique place. When my neice was visiting one year (when she was about 9 or so), I took her there and she thought the place looked like where Professor Trelawney (Harry Potter). I'd say it's a good description of the place. Here's a photo from it but it doesn't do it much justice:

Monday, March 12, 2012

my other instruments..

The guitar is my main instrument but look how much fun I am having with my Galax dulcimer below? 

I also love to drum and that is what I began with as a musician 40 years ago! I was a drummer in high school band. Here I am getting ready to play my doumbek with Peter and already loving it...

These photos were taken by Candy Schoner at my concert at Cville Coffee  Sat. March 10, 2012 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Poetry & music debut

Last night I played a gig a the C'ville Coffee and had my friend Jean come and read some of her poetry and Haiku along with my songs. We had such a good time doing that, we plan to do more. This was just one highlight of the evening. My friend Peter also played his cello on my songs. We also did some fiddle tunes with me playing my Galax dulcimer. It was such a good time and I looking forward to the next event.