Using Carter Family-style harmonies as a jumping off place, we will work with three part (and more!) singing in this beautiful style. Finding harmony lines that sometimes weave around the melody, sometimes cross or create unisons, students will develop a better ability to hear and find parts, as well as learn what gives these harmonies their particular old-time country sound, and power. We will introduce some basic music theory, but all songs are taught by ear, and lyrics are provided. No singing experience necessary, just the desire to sing!
Evie is a master Old Time Banjo player and instructor who has been to SKAK many times. She comes to us from San Fransisco where she home bases and tours the world either solo or with the Stairwell Sisters. Evie always has top scores as an Old TIme Banjo instructor at SKAK. Come see for yourself.
The polyrhythmic heat and funk of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance - have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco's Stairwell Sisters, Evie's solo debut Float Downstream (2010) was produced by Mike Marshall and Keith Terry. Sing Out! magazine reports "Solid song craft performed wonderfully end to end...Very strongly recommended." Her new EVIE LADIN BAND CD is coming out April 2012.
Evie started playing banjo at the age of 8, clogging since 5, and has a fluid expressiveness in these traditional Appalachian arts, even as she brings an urban edge and contemporary vision to her ripe stories, and deep interpretations of old songs. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours solo, duo with Keith Terry, or with her expansive stringband quartet - Evie Ladin Band. In any combination, Evie's live performance is a demonstrative, delightfully gorgeous storm.
She can write, and she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with just enough wit - a sharp intelligence. --Grant Alden, NO DEPRESSION
Evie Ladin is a natural entertainer with a gift for infusing folk practices with contemporary verve.
--SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Evie Ladin is a banjo player, step-dancer, singer, songwriter and square-dance caller with a lifetime of experience in traditional American cultural arts. She grew up in a trad folk scene up and down the Eastern Seaboard of the US, travels the world, and calls the rich arts scene in Oakland, California home. She also tours with The Stairwell Sisters, all-gal old-time teardown, and Keith Terry & Crosspulse, performing rhythm-based multi-cultural music & dance works. She teaches banjo, singing and dance at home in Oakland, when you can find her there!