Songwriting Workshop: River Songs with Greg Cornell
Saturday, October 14
$12, $10 for TAUNY Friends
Register online here
“For a landshake, for a handshake…” “Little Red to Big Blue…” “Just stay awake around the power…” The stories of the Raquette River dams and surrounding community life include a lot of powerful water and a lot of powerful words. As part of TAUNY’s year-long focus on regional study projects, we invite you to take part in the experience of bringing the rich raw material of a place-based research project to life through creative expression. At this program, Camilla Ammirati will give some background on the Raquette River Dams Oral History Project and why she felt that the stories that emerged are full of songs waiting to be sung. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Greg Cornell will then lead a workshop and discussion on creating music based on a strong sense of place. Participants will have a chance to hear some musical examples and then try their own hand at writing a place-based song. Materials from the Raquette River Dams Oral History Project will be provided.
This workshop is open to all experience levels. Participants are invited to bring their instruments. Pre-registration for this workshop is requested at 315-386-4289 or online here.
Born in Elmira, NY, Greg Cornell has lived most of his life in NY State. He grew up mostly in Westchester County, spending summers at his 230-year-old family farm in Chemung County. He developed a deep affection for the North Country as a student at St. Lawrence University and spent his 20's living in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. He has traveled extensively throughout the US, and in Europe, South America and India. He has worked as a journalist, teacher, actor, carpenter, building contractor and activist. Ten years ago, while living in Brooklyn, he came upon the vibrant acoustic music scene there, and started writing songs. He formed a band, The Cornell Brothers (brothers in music), and has toured extensively in the Northeast and the rest of the US, including several shows at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Utah. His songs are mostly stories about people struggling over regrets from the past and finding hope for the future, set on oceans, mountains and fields. He has released two albums of original songs over the past four years, "The Deep Ocean Blues" in 2013 and "Come On Home" in 2016. He lives on a farm in the Hudson Valley.
Camilla Ammirati is TAUNY’s Director of Research and Programs. She is especially interested in musical traditions in the North Country and beyond, and she makes music regularly singing and playing clawhammer banjo with the local music groups Uprooted and the Northern Southern Old-time Society.
This program is part of the “‘Look Down, You’ll See Our Tracks’: Raquette River Dam Stories” Program Series.
Sunday, October 22
TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, is proud to announce the three recipients for this year’s North Country Heritage Awards: Loretta Lepkowski of Tug Hill, NY (Evergreen Award Recipient), Bill MacKentley of Potsdam, NY (Inherited Traditions Award Recipient), and The Paddock Arcade in Watertown, NY (Very Special Place Award Recipient). These individuals and the site will be recognized and honored for their contributions to their communities and North Country traditions at this year’s Salute to North Country Heritage, TAUNY’s annual public reception, on October 22 from 2:00-4:00pm at The TAUNY Center. Join us at The Salute for a celebratory afternoon that will include the awards ceremony, refreshments, live music, and more!
More information about this year’s North Country Heritage Awards can be found here.
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