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November 2015

Voice Circle Workshop with Shodekeh

November 22, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$25.00

Voice Circle Workshop Breath The session will focus on breath not only as a necessary function of everyday living, but also as a dynamic tool of creative & artistic expression. Thought Does thought occur before breath or simultaneously? The synthesis between the creative thought process and its relationship to human body will be explored. Voice Blacksmiths use their hands to create. Craftspeople who use their voices rely on highly skilled logistical and artistic expression. Voice as a primary instrument of…

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Matthew Olwell Workshop

November 22, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$25

Flatfooting & Clogging  A close cousin of American tap dance, Appalachian percussive dance is a blend of Irish, West African, and Native American Indian dances. While tap is often associated with swing and jazz, clogging and flatfooting have close ties to Appalachian old time music. Exploring the highly improvisational nature of these traditions, we will draw from both clogging and flatfooting vocabulary and examine the places where these forms intersect and overlap. We will explore phrasing, musicality and economy of motion to acquire…

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December 2015

Bruce Molsky fiddle workshop

December 5, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
The Front Porch, 1462 Richmond Road
Charlottesville , 22911
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$35.00

Bruce Molsky has become known as one of the most influential traditional fiddlers of his generation. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune calls him "old-time music's answer to Ry Cooder - a commanding musician with a voracious appetite for traditional music styles." Bruce performs solo, with Mozaik (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny et al), with Aly Bain & Ale Möller and others, and has has brought the beauty and depth of American Old-Time Music around the globe. He is featured on Mark Knopfler’s latest…

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February 2016

MIMA teacher training

February 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00pm, repeating until February 26, 2016

The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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ADULT MIMA MUSIC WORKSHOP & TEACHER TRAINING The MIMA Method is a versatile, interactive approach to music education that uses improvisation to unlock the creative potential of groups and individuals, ensuring productive collaboration and equipping participants with core music and life skills. Whether you want to make extra money teaching local MIMA programs, learn new skills to bring to your existing classroom or career, meet fellow musicians and teachers, or simply engage in a unique experience and learn interactive exercises…

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March 2016

Arranging Songs with Alex Caton and Tom Marshall: a workshop

March 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$30.00

Arranging Songs for the Duo, Trio & Beyond Participants will explore many ways to tastefully arrange a simple, three-chord folk song. By employing vocal harmonies, instrumental melodies, traded breaks, and alternative chord voicings, we’ll learn ways to spice up our repertoires and add small, but dynamic changes to timeless songs we know well. Participants will start out together to learn around arrangement as a general practice before breaking into smaller groups (numbers depending) focusing on vocals, rhythm playing, and lead…

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April 2016

Tony Trischka Master Class

April 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$50

Tony Trischka, one of the great masters of the banjo, will be offering a 90 minute workshop at The Front Porch for experienced (ie intermediate or advanced) banjo players. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of our national treasures. We are pinching ourselves...

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May 2016

Alice Parker Hymn Camp

May 31, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 3:00pm, repeating until June 3, 2016

The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Join song leaders Heather Hightower and Beth Neville Evans for a week of singing Alice Parker hymns! This four-afternoon camp nestled in the heart of central Virginia will take us back to our singing roots celebrating the simplicity and ease of a cappella part-singing. As the heat of the day begins to ease up, we’ll sit in the shade of a tree with nothing more than a pitch pipe and our hymnals and make our way through our favorites. We…

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August 2016

Summer Songwriting Workshop for Girls with Gina Sobel

August 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 19, 2016

$100 – $200

This is a fun and relaxed opportunity for girls to explore songwriting individually and in groups. We'll work on developing songs through prompts, storytelling and personal experience. Participants will learn the basics of putting together a chord progression, and while playing an instrument isn't necessary, all instruments all welcome!  The goal is to use our ears, our brains and our hearts to create great songs.  For girls Ages 11 -17.  Reduced tuition fee for siblings who register together for this workshop.…

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September 2016

Flute Improvisation Workshop with Gina Sobel

September 25, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Front Porch (Downtown), 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$40

In band programs and private lessons around the country, genre is mapped to instrument. As flute players, we are rarely directed towards anything but classical music. As most of us know, the flute is amazing in all kinds of music; everything from rock to jazz to hip hop - but many flutists don't have the opportunity to try these, or are intimidated by the idea of improvising. This workshop will be all about breaking those barriers and getting used to…

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October 2016

Workshops with Joe K. Walsh & Sweet Loam

October 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$50

Joe K. Walsh and Sweet Loam offer workshops on mandolin, guitar, fiddle and bass. Learn a tune and some instrument specifc techniques with these masters of the modern string band. Joe K. Walsh & Sweet Loam Joe K. Walsh has long contributed his tasteful approach to melodic playing and interpreting traditional music to his work with other acts, including Mr Sun, the Gibson Brothers, and Joy Kills Sorrow. With Sweet Loam, Joe has a project that puts his writing, playing,…

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Jesse Harper, Courtney Hartman, and Taylor Ashton workshops

October 29, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$50

Acclaimed musicians Jesse Harper, Taylor Ashton, and Courtney Hartman offer afternoon songwriting and harmony singing workshops, followed by an evening show of their original material. To find out more details and sign up for their workshops, email us at info@frontporchcville.org. Colorado native Courtney Hartman has become one of the most well-respected guitarists in the American-Roots music world. She moved to the east coast from Loveland in 2009 after receiving a scholarship to attend the prestigous Berklee College of Music. Her work…

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January 2017

Shape Note Singing School

January 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Please join us for a Shape Note Singing School on January 14 from 4 pm till 7:30 pm with a break for a pot luck dinner at 6 pm. The local Charlottesville Shape Note Singers (bolstered by strong singers from Richmond) will conduct a very participatory singing school to get us warmed up and ready to enjoy this highly democratic American folk form.  Shape Note singing originated in the early days of this country.  This particular region was a creative…

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Creative Movement for Kids

January 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$200

Heather Hutton invites all kids, ages 9 - 12, to join her in this creative movement workshop at The Front Porch: Welcome to the Dance Floor! Let’s dance with abandon and discover the joy of a moving body. Let’s take a journey into our imaginations as we fly around the room, explore the floor, and float in a pool of wonder. We will create dances on the spot, however the music moves us. No experience required or necessary. Wear soft clothes in which…

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February 2017

Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Adam Hurt

February 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$50.00

Deemed a "banjo virtuoso" by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style, having been introduced to the instrument at age eleven in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center and conducted banjo workshops at many venues around the country and abroad. Since moving south in 2002, Adam has placed in or won most of the major…

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Ukulele Revival Workshop

February 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$10

Ukulele Revival with the Love Army Uke Brigade A workshop for both basic and experienced players. Join us in harnessing the uke's power to provoke smiles and create community. We'll build skills and raise spirits learning fun and creative arrangements of timeless songs. This Ukulele Revival is suitable for any uke-ist who can play basic chords. Both simple and intermediate strumming patterns will be demonstrated. No singing expertise is required: if you can talk you can sing. The Love Army…

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Ukulele Revival

February 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$10

Ukulele Revival with the Love Army Uke Brigade A workshop for both basic and experienced players. Sunday 2/19 and 2/26  2 PM - 3:30 PM The Front Porch 221 Water St E, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 Join us in activating the uke's power to generate joy and weave community. We'll play fun arrangements of both fierce and peaceful songs, sharpening skills and raising spirits along the way. This ukulele revival is suitable for any uke-ist who can play basic chords. Both simple and intermediate strumming…

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March 2017

Sunny Mountain Serenaders Workshops

March 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$20 – $27

Workshops 4 - 5 pm Concert 7:30 pm The Sunny Mountain Serenaders feature three of the most accomplished, steeped-in-the-tradition old-time musicians you’ll find anywhere.  Mark Campbell, who was raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, has won countless ribbons at fiddle contests throughout the South, including 1st Prize at Clifftop in 2001.  He is an unrepentant booster of Virginia music and a long-time musical mentor to scores of folks in the Richmond area.  When he’s not playing with the Serenaders, Mark enjoys…

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Joe Newberry and April Verch Concert

March 17, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$15 – $18

Joe Newberry and April Verch are masters of their traditions. Tunes, ballads, step dancing, and original songs by way of Canada and the Ozarks ring like silver and shine like gold.  With beautiful harmony singing, breathtaking instrumentals, and exquisite dancing, these two hit the stage in perfect rhythm, making audiences remember why this music existed in the first place. Concert: 7:30 pm, $15/$18 Door

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Tony Trischka and Love Canon

March 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$18 – $50

Tony is coming back! He'll be offering afternoon workshops (2 - 3:30 pm) for intermediate/ advanced banjoists and an evening concert (7:30 pm).  We were enthralled with his performance at The Front Porch last year, and can't wait to host him again! Plus, this time he'll be sharing the stage for part of the night with some very special guests -- more info to come! Tony is considered to be the consummate banjo artist and perhaps the most influential banjo…

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April 2017

The Singing Bond: Building Community, Harmonizing Relationships

April 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$10

With Craig Green, Cleo Keller, Logan Blanco, Devon Sproule Singing together is a way of growing bonds of affinity. Joining voices in a common spirit generates a resonance of bodies, hearts and minds. In this workshop we’ll facilitate vocal interplay with collaborative forms that energize and connect. We’ll raise our voices together with songs that are catchy, inspiring and easily learned: feisty songs, mesmerizing songs, songs of celebration and of solace. The group will also explore call and response singing,…

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Fiddle and Percussive Dance workshops with Maja and David

April 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$50

Maja & David are known for their phenomenal contact on stage, and they possess the ability to create an intense atmosphere to surround their music. Since the beginning of the duo's existence the activities have progressed quickly; over 60 concerts in Europe, USA and Canada, and showcasing at several conferences has given the duo a firm grip on the international folk music. They now travel more and more to please audiences in many countries. They will be offering fiddle and dance workshops in fiddle…

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May 2017

Cancelled – Slide Guitar & Open Tunings Workshop with Corey Harris

May 10, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$25

Learn the basics of slide guitar and open tunings with Corey Harris! We will break down the different tunings needed to play slide guitar and the riffs that are associated with this style. If you want to begin learning the music of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Son House and other blues greats, this is the perfect place to start. All that is required is some basic experience, a guitar, a slide and a willingness to learn. Wednesday, 5/10 Teens and…

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June 2017

Circle Singing

June 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$20

Join Rachel Bagby, Lori Derr, Sofia Ribeiro, and Rizumik as they host an improv singing class in the tradition of Bobby McFerrin's Circle Singing at The Front Porch. Rachel Bagby: "Sisters and Brothers, Daughters and Sons, it’s an honor & a joy to tell you: that voice is wrong! You are more than a poet, a singer, a speaker – you are an instrument. And your full, resonant voice – the unheard anthem – might very well be the most critical song of our…

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September 2017

C’Ville Sings!

September 17, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Please join us as we sing songs of inspiration and restoration and come together to build connection and community. This community singing event will be led by Emily Morrison, Yolanda Coles Jones, and Lori Derr. It will be donation based and all donations will be given to the Heal Charlottesville Fund which is stewarded by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. All ages and all levels of singers are welcome! We will be singing songs that are easy to learn and sing…

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November 2017

Exploring Salsa – Latin Dance and Percussion Workshop

November 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$15 – $18

The Front Porch is partnering with Edwin O. Roa of Zabor Dance for a Latin Dance and Percussion Workshop! This workshop will offer the participants a general understanding of the culture of social Latin dance. Aside from learning the basic patterns and popular dance amalgamations, students will have the opportunity to recognize essential rhythms and learn to connect and hopefully improvise with the music. This workshop is open to all levels. About Edwin: Edwin O. Roa is a professional dancer…

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December 2017

Shape Note Singing School

December 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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What is this? Singing Schools are a time honored way that newcomers discover the exhuberant joy of shape note singing. This singing school is heavy on the singing and much lighter on the history and theory. Our approach will be to learn by doing. This folk form has been in continuous practice in the U.S. since the late 1700s. The practice has stayed alive and vibrant because it is so much fun! So a successfull introduction to shape note singing…

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February 2018

African Drumming and Dance Workshop with Adejoke Tugbiyele

February 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Adejoke Tugbiyele is an award-winning, queer, American-Nigerian artist and advocate. Her visual art will be featured at The Second Street Gallery in an exhibition entitled Language of the Heart. Adejoke will offer an West African drumming and dance workshop at The Front Porch, along with her partner, Sisipho Ndzuzo on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 11 - 12 AM. All participants are cordially invited to walk to the Second Street Gallery after the workshop to view an exhibit of her visual art,…

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Ensemble Galilei Workshop and Demonstration

February 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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The Ensemble Galilei will present a free workshop and demonstration at the Front Porch Roots Music School on Friday February 9th at noon. The Front Porch is located at 221 Water St. E, Charlottesville, VA.  The UVA McIntire Department of Music and the Front Porch Roots Music School present a residency by Ensemble Galilei.  Founded in 1990, Ensemble Galilei is an ensemble of players from both classical and Celtic backgrounds, playing Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, early and medieval music, and original…

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Cathedral Window Quilting with Diane Cluck

February 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$5.00

Front Porch teacher Diane Cluck leads a workshop on how to make a Cathedral Window Quilt. This traditional quilting form has no batting, can be applied across a broad range of projects (totes, pillows, wall-hangings, coverlets) and is stunning in its effect. While it’s possible to make a Cathedral Window Quilt by machine, Diane will be teaching how to quilt by hand using just straight stitch and whip stitch. The workshop is free, with a $5 materials fee unless one…

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March 2018

Singing as Deep Self-Care and Embodied Expression

March 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$40

Diane Cluck will lead a workshop focusing on singing as deep self-care and embodied expression. This inclusive workshop is created with both new/never-before singers and experienced vocalists in mind. Diane guides participants through a series of bija mantras--seed sounds for warming up and connecting with the voice as it inhabits and influences the body. There will be an exploration of personal mythology as a means of discovering and developing one's own 'vocal signature'--an opportunity to delve into and revel in…

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April 2018

Singing as Deep Self-Care and Embodied Expression

April 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Diane Cluck will lead a workshop focusing on singing as deep self-care and embodied expression. This inclusive workshop is created with both new/never-before singers and experienced vocalists in mind. Diane guides participants through a series of bija mantras–seed sounds for warming up and connecting with the voice as it inhabits and influences the body. There will be an exploration of personal mythology as a means of discovering and developing one’s own ‘vocal signature’–an opportunity to delve into and revel in…

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Songwriting Workshop with Doug and Telisha Williams of Wild Ponies

April 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$20

Are you ready to write your first song?  Or maybe you want to take your songwriting from good to great.  Doug and Telisha Williams, from Wild Ponies have been helping creative folks do just that.  In this 1.5 hour workshop, you’ll explore five useful tips and strategies to connect with your creative self, putting pen to paper and words into songs.  In addition to touring internationally, performing their own original songs, Doug and Telisha regularly teach songwriting at camps, colleges,…

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June 2018

Tony Trischka Master Class

June 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$50

Tony Trischka, one of the great masters of the banjo, will be offering a 90 minute workshop at The Front Porch for experienced (ie intermediate or advanced) banjo players. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of our national treasures. He will perform in concert later this evening from 8 - 10 PM. Tickets and more information may be found here.

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August 2018

Shape Note Singing School

August 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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What is this? Singing Schools are a time honored way that newcomers discover the exhuberant joy of shape note singing. This singing school is heavy on the singing and much lighter on the history and theory. Our approach will be to learn by doing. This folk form has been in continuous practice in the U.S. since the late 1700s. The practice has stayed alive and vibrant because it is so much fun! So a successfull introduction to shape note singing…

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September 2018

Barbershop Music with Skyline Harmony

September 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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If you love harmony and acappella singing, join the Skyline Harmony Chorus for a little afternoon songfest!  In just one hour we will teach you the basics of barbershop harmony, sing for you, and invite you to sing with us. And we promise you'll have fun! Skyline Harmony is a local women's chorus affiliated with Sweet Adelines International. We are amateurs, and we are out to harmonize the world! We come from a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles, and we have been…

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October 2018

Unlocking the Fretboard! – Master Class with Grant Gordy

October 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$50

Dont miss this wonderful opportunity to study with guitarist Grant Gordy! This master class will take place at The Front Porch, with a concert later that evening with Grant Gordy and Adam Larrabee from 8 - 10 pm. For more information and tickets for the concert, click HERE. About Unlocking the Fretboard: People often approach me for lessons asking about how to take their playing to the next level, feeling like they're a little locked up in certain positions and licks.…

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January 2019

Folk/Bluegrass Guitar Workshop with Chris Luqette

January 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$40

Hands on workshop with Chris Luquette! We will explore new techniques to help improve your folk and bluegrass rhythm and lead playing. We will touch on right and left hand techniques, rhythm patterns, bass runs, scales and and approach. Level: for Lower Intermediate/Upper Intermediate. Advanced topics can be referenced iff requested What to bring: acoustic guitar, pick, capo (if you have one) Chris Luquette is one of the hardest working musicians from the Seattle music scene. You’d be hard pressed…

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Roots of Blues Guitar with Eli Cook

January 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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$30

In this workshop we will discuss key elements of Blues based guitar playing. This entails crucial rhythmic and melodic concepts, and touches on both acoustic and electric styles, as well as various finger and thumb picking techniques and provides an overview of what makes good "Blues Guitar".  Classic turnarounds, walking patterns, tricks for transitioning between chords and signature riffs and licks will all be included and discussed from both a player's technical standpoint and from a historical perspective.   Using examples…

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