Some Workshops and Themes Available

Beyond concerts Chris can also provide workshops


Some examples could be: 


Sailing and Whaling in the Age of Sail -  

            How and why did our ancestors traverse the vast expanse of the world’s oceans?  The first-hand accounts of the sailors and whalers of the 19th century told the stories of the exploration, and in some cases exploitation, of the riches of our earth’s oceans.  The stories, told with the vehicle of their songs, may provide some insights.  Chris will bring these stories to our modern age to help to better understand those who sang them, and therefore ourselves and how their ideas apply today. 


It All Makes Work -  

            Whether on the sea or land, in factories, farms, or homes, the people have worked.  With that work has come a variety of songs associated with, and sometimes written by, the workers.  Chris will take the listeners through much of the work of our ancestors and bring it to the present. 

            In some cases, the specific jobs may have included songs associated with them, and intricately entwined with their purpose.  Chris will describe, in detail, the work and how those songs were used. 


Practical Applications of Music Theory in Folk – 

            Chris will use his knowledge of standard music theory (chords, scales, forms, etc.) and apply them for an average folk musician.  Ever wonder why certain chords “feel” right going to other chords?  Every wonder why certain melodies have different “moods?”  These monumental questions, and more can be addressed in a way that will endeavor to make sense in a practical and useful way.


Instrumental “Petting Zoo” – 

            Chris can bring any number of musical instruments – Guitar, Mandolin, Lap Dulcimer, Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo, Anglo and English Concertina to name a few – and give participants beginning lessons.   This is a great opportunity for someone who has always wanted “try out” an instrument.