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FSGW 2020 Getaway Online Schedule of Events

On each day of the Getaway there are two parallel Zoom sessions. You can think of them as being in the virtual Retreat Center and virtual Nature Center at the virtual camp. In addition, some of our guests have recorded concerts that are available at any time during the Getaway and until October 31
All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), the time zone for Washington, DC and the Eastern United States. If you live in another time zone, you can recalculate times here.
To see a description of a session in the grid you can hover your cursor on the session in the grid, click on the name of the event, or scroll down.
If you have registered to attend the Getaway, you will be given access to a version of this schedule with the Zoom links embedded. You will be able to join any Zoom session (beginning 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time) simply by clicking on the 'Go to Zoom Session' button for that session. These Zoom links will be enabled on October 1.
The Vocal Clinic and the Fingerpicking Guitar Workshop are run as master classes. If you wish to be one of the people our experts will work with (in a very public manner), you will need to sign up, because the number of mentees is limited. Everyone else is invited to watch, listen, and learn. Sign-up instructions will be provided to Getaway registrants in mid-September. If you want to sing in the Friday Open Sing or the Saturday or Sunday night concerts, you’ll want to sign up beforehand.

Friday and Saturday Schedule

As of 9/14/2020 18:31 subject to change
Zoom links will be available to registrants on October 1Friday, October 2Saturday, October 3
Retreat CenterNature CenterRetreat CenterNature Center
10:30 AM EDT to
about 12:30 PM
(opens at 10:15 AM EDT)
Open for conversation
after sing until 1:00 PM EDT
Songs of Welcoming and Friendship
Janie Meneely and Kevin Elam
Songs That Get To You
Steven Levine and Nicole Singer
Appalachian Songs
Becky Kimmons and Donna Ray Norton
1:30 PM EDT to
about 3:30 PM
(opens at 1:15 PM EDT)
Open for conversation
after sing until 4:00 PM EDT
Songs and Tales of an Irish Traveller: Thomas McCarthy interviewed by Heather Livingston
Songs of Hope and Better Times
John Roberts and Susannah Hills Rose
Disease, Plague and Pestilence
Steve Woodbury and Linn Phipps
Inland Waterways
Darriel Day and Jocelyn Day
4:30 PM EDT to
about 6:30 PM
(opens at 4:15 PM EDT)
Open for conversation
after sing until 6:45 PM EDT
Songs of Comic Relief
Elly Wininger
Songs of Working People
Lisa Null and Riggy Rackin
Ballads and Story Songs
Peter Brice and Abby Sale
Chanteys and Sea Songs
Deirdre Murtha
7:30 PM EDT
(opens at 7:15 PM PM EDT)
Open afterwards
for conversation
Invitation to FSGW Open Sing
(no theme this month)
Saturday Sign-up Concert
(Sign up in advance to perform)

Sunday and Monday Schedule

As of 9/14/2020 18:31 subject to change
Zoom links will be available to registrants on October 1Sunday, October 4Monday, October 5
Retreat CenterNature CenterRetreat CenterNature Center
10:30 AM EDT to
about 12:30 PM
(opens at 10:15 AM EDT)
Open for conversation
after sing until 1:00 PM EDT
Songs about Growing Older
Judy Cook and Flawn Williams
Kline Presentation
Carrie Kline and Michael Kline
Presentation on Margaret MacArthur and Helen Hartness Flanders
Nora Rodes
Songs of the Music Hall and Variety Stage
Murray Callahan and David Jones
1:30 PM EDT to
about 3:30 PM
(opens at 1:15 PM EDT)
Open for conversation
after sing until 4:00 PM EDT
Vocal Clinic
Ken Schatz
Irish
Connie McKenna and David Ingerson
Ballads and Story Songs
Heather Livingston and David Kidman
Songs of Social Justice
Dan Schatz and Bev Praver
4:30 PM EDT to
about 6:30 PM
(opens at 4:15 PM EDT)
Open for conversation
after sing until 6:45 PM EDT
Songs about Dogs
Joe Offer and Dawn Berg
The Great Scots Folksong Revival
Ed Miller
Fingerpicking Guitar Workshop
Elly Wininger
Parting Songs
Don Stallone and Janie Endres
7:30 PM EDT
(opens at 7:15 PM PM EDT)
Open afterwards
for conversation
Sunday Sign-up Concert
(Sign up in advance to perform)
Concerts and Presentations will be available to watch thru October 31.

Pre-Recorded Sessions

ED MILLERDescription coming soon.
ELLY WININGERJoin NY Blues Hall of Famer Elly Wininger for a set of traditional and contemporary blues, as well as some of her heartfelt original material. Look for her new album soon to be released on Adelphi Records.
GEORGE WARDGeorge Ward draws on an extensive body of southern Adirondack songs he collected with his late wife, Vaughn, as well as French Canadian and New England music . He also adds songs of his own composition to our ongoing musical tradition, reflecting the lives of the people of upstate New York
STEVEN LEVINEEvery year for over half a century my parents enjoyed sharing music and companionship at the FSGW Getaway. Although I am by no means a professional performer, the joy in singing with people that my parents brought back from the Getaway and other similar events has stayed with me throughout my life, and getting together with friends to sing at pubs and in living rooms and on Morris dance tours has been one of my greatest pleasures. I am happy for this opportunity to share some songs I enjoy as part of this event that meant so much to my parents.

Session Descriptions

Session NameDayTimeTrackHostsDescription
Appalachian SongsSaturday10:30 AM EDT to
12:30 PM
Nature Center Becky Kimmons and
Donna Ray Norton
From these beautiful mountains come a host of songs brought by people from their homelands or composed to tell the stories of their communities, and for generations cherished and preserved in isolation. Some of us may have discovered Appalachian songs more recently and found renewed meaning in them; some of us grew up with them. Whoever you are, sing away!
Ballads and Story SongsMonday1:30 PM EDT to
3:30 PM
Retreat Center Heather Livingston and
David Kidman
Bring your musical stories–long or short, complete or distilled narrative, British, Irish, African-American, or whatever. Traditional or contemporary–tell us your song!
Ballads and Story SongsSaturday4:30 PM EDT to
6:30 PM
Retreat Center Peter Brice and
Abby Sale
Okay ballad singers, now it’s your turn to sing without anyone telling you it’s too old, too weird, too long, or too morally suspect. All narrative songs welcome, no Child or Roud numbers necessary.
Chanteys and Sea SongsSaturday4:30 PM EDT to
6:30 PM
Nature Center Deirdre MurthaRoar along lustily at home or share one of your own. Fo’c’sle songs and maritime adventures also welcome. Imagine how we might all sound together!
Disease, Plague and PestilenceSaturday1:30 PM EDT to
3:30 PM
Retreat Center Steve Woodbury and
Linn Phipps
We can laugh about it, groan about it, recount the memories of it, or even die of a broken heart from it. So sing, already!
Fingerpicking Guitar WorkshopMonday4:30 PM EDT to
6:30 PM
Retreat Center Elly WiningerThe finger-picked guitar is a folk music staple. Learn more about how to do this effectively. Knowledge of basic chords required. Elly will coach six pre-registered students while the rest of us watch, listen, and learn. Q&As
Inland WaterwaysSaturday1:30 PM EDT to
3:30 PM
Nature Center Darriel Day and
Jocelyn Day
Lakes, rivers, streams, canals, creeks, waterfalls and ponds; all these bodies of water play their parts in life, and in song.
IrishSunday1:30 PM EDT to
3:30 PM
Nature Center Connie McKenna and
David Ingerson
Get your Irish on! Gaelic or English, Irish American or traditionally Irish, these wonderful songs are sure to catch your fancy, touch your heart, or awaken your sense of history. Share and be prepared to laugh, lament, and sing your head off.
Kline PresentationSunday10:30 AM EDT to
12:30 PM
Nature Center Carrie Kline and
Michael Kline
We are not quite sure what Michael and Carrie Kline have up their sleeves to share with us. But whatever these noted West Virginia oral historians cook up is sure to be provocative and compelling. Q&As
Parting SongsMonday4:30 PM EDT to
6:30 PM
Nature Center Don Stallone and
Janie Endres
Now it’s time to sing farewell and celebrate the joys and pleasures we have shared. We can also sing of any journeys we are about to take, even an eternal one. Until next year!
Presentation on Margaret MacArthur and Helen Hartness FlandersMonday10:30 AM EDT to
12:30 PM
Retreat Center Nora RodesNora Rodes shares her research into the lives and work of two influential New England folksong collectors, as well as some of the music they preserved. The first hour will focus on Helen Hartness Flanders, the second features Margaret MacArthur. After each segment, there will be time for questions, discussion, and song.
Songs about DogsSunday4:30 PM EDT to
6:30 PM
Retreat Center Joe Offer and
Dawn Berg
Dogs are often called our best friends. We love them, use them, pamper them, abuse them, hunt with them, admire them. It is now time for us all to pay tribute to them (or not) in song.]
Songs about Growing OlderSunday10:30 AM EDT to
12:30 PM
Retreat Center Judy Cook and
Flawn Williams
The Ages of Man and the transitions between them are expressed in many songs. A lot of us are getting old and some are just getting started. Man, woman, or child: do you have a song about that?
Songs and Tales of an Irish Traveller: Thomas McCarthy interviewed by Heather LivingstonFriday1:30 PM EDT to
3:30 PM
Retreat CenterIndomitable Thomas McCarthy sings and talks about his family, his people, and their history. Interviewed by Heather Livingston. Q&As plus discussion.
Songs of Comic ReliefFriday4:30 PM EDT to
6:30 PM
Retreat Center Elly WiningerBe silly, be witty, be ridiculous, be satirical or just plain funny. Try your hand at parody. Push the edges (within the bounds of decency). It’s okay.
Songs of Hope and Better TimesFriday1:30 PM EDT to
3:30 PM
Nature Center John Roberts and
Susannah Hills Rose
Bring us your songs of inspiration, aspirations, visionary dreams or longing for things to improve.
Songs of Social JusticeMonday1:30 PM EDT to
3:30 PM
Nature Center Dan Schatz and
Bev Praver
Share a song of justice or injustice and the struggles to improve the conditions so prevalent in our world. Some of these songs complain, others hope or inspire, and many simply describe.
Songs of the Music Hall and Variety StageMonday10:30 AM EDT to
12:30 PM
Nature Center Murray Callahan and
David Jones
British music hall and all its American counterparts, from the variety stage to burlesque, have often found their way into the folksong repertoire, often complete with their performance traditions. Our hosts perform them with elegant polish, but the rest of us can share them in any way that fits our mood.
Songs of Welcoming and FriendshipFriday10:30 AM EDT to
12:30 PM
Retreat Center Janie Meneely and
Kevin Elam
Set the tone of our gathering, greeting each other with songs celebrating friendship and camaraderie.
Songs of Working PeopleFriday4:30 PM EDT to
6:30 PM
Nature Center Lisa Null and
Riggy Rackin
Sing labor anthems and strike songs, and also the occupational songs of men and women, past and present, who worked at everything under the sun. They sometimes suffered pain, yet often took pride in their work.
Songs That Get To YouSaturday10:30 AM EDT to
12:30 PM
Retreat Center Steven Levine and
Nicole Singer
You’ve heard it 100 times and it still brings a tear to your eye, or you can’t get through it without laughing out loud. Share those songs that move you deeply to tears or laughter, anger or wonder.
The Great Scots Folksong RevivalSunday4:30 PM EDT to
6:30 PM
Nature Center Ed MillerEd Miller, a leading Scots singer and folklorist, lives in Austin, Texas these days but goes home annually and is well abreast of what modern Scots singers and songwriters have written, collected, and learned from the explosively creative Scots tradition. Share what you love from that rich treasury.
Vocal ClinicSunday1:30 PM EDT to
4:00 PM
Retreat Center Ken SchatzKen Schatz is a master singing and acting coach who specializes in coaching folk performers. He will coach four pre-registered students while the rest of us watch, listen, and learn. Q&As

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