Melissa Weaver Dunning
Community Festivals, Curriculum Materials, Family Concerts, High School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, Workshops
Culture Studies, Folktales, Geography, Music, Poetry, US History, World History
The old songs and ballads are a living voice of history, and the words of these songs form a resonant poetry of common people's lives. This is a program of old songs and tales from Ireland, England and Scotland that have survived to the present day by word of mouth. Far more than just entertainment or social expression, songs and ballads delivered the news of the day in a time when news traveled at the speed of a horse.
Far From Home (6-12) Tales of emigrants, transported convicts, sailors, soldiers, slavers and pirates. Includes songs from the Australian Transportation, the Battle of Waterloo and the American Civil War--roughly 1780 to 1860.
From Cottage to Factory (6-12) Songs and tales of spinning, weaving and other trades from before and after the Industrial Revolution--18th and 19th century.
Old Songs programs can be designed to complement specific literature, poetry and history curricula. Choral workshops in American Shape Note Singing are also available.
The Good Old Way (6-12) Songs about daily life, work and love from the Irish village to the northern England colliery (coal mine)-17th, 18th and 19th century.