‘Tis the season for Christmas Caroling! Accomplished singer and instructor Betty Belmore teaches Global’s Paul Brothers and Jonathan Torrens an English traditional caroling song “Hey Ho Anybody Home.”
Old Taproot Tunes Harmony Singing Workshop
The harmony workshops of instructor, Betty Belmore, are focused on the simple pleasure of singing together and learning by ear. No experience is necessary as people from all levels are encouraged to explore the basics of harmony, from the sweet and predictable to hair-raising chords and discords, in a safe, supportive environment.
The repertoire is taken from a diverse songbook of old country, blues, folk, contemporary, doo wop, swing and 19th century parlour songs. Easy and fun exercises incorporate elements of syncopation and rhythm from gospel and the improvisation and ‘call and response’ of field songs and sea shanties. The workshops are designed to give you the background to help blaze your own trail and improvise your own harmonies.
The joy of singing in harmony is all about listening to one another, raising your spirits and lowering your stress. In a world of increasing technology, our oral tradition is one natural resource we must take care to nurture and preserve.
“If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance” – Zimbabwean Proverb
In a career spanning four decades Betty has lent her voice and vocal arrangements to national and international radio and TV shows, recordings and live concerts including performances with Jesse Winchester, Gene MacLellan, Stan Rogers, Denny Doherty, Peter Rowan, Flaco Jiminez and Bill Monroe.
From 2011 to 2013, Betty has travelled in the summers to The Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia, USA. The Augusta Heritage Center is known internationally for its programs relating to traditional folk life and folk arts of many regions and cultures. While there Betty has participated in intensive workshops and master classes studying various vocal styles, harmonies and learning techniques with renowned and culturally diverse instructors including Riley Baugus, Jody Stecher, Emily Eagen, Flawn Williams, Brian Peters, Bill Staines. Moira Smiley and Rhiannon Giddens of The Carolina Chocolate Drops.
“An inspiration to all musicians, Belmore reminds us of the importance of our musical roots and of the deep honesty in which those roots are planted.”
(Anthony Leclair, Guff Magazine)
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