Norman Kennedy // SONGS TO SUSTAIN

PARLOR SESSION No. 2

Norman Kennedy // SONGS TO SUSTAIN

Zoë Darrow

Sun · February 11, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Parlor Room

$15/Adv, $18/Door, $10/Students

Cancelled

This event is all ages

A note to weavers and spinners: Norman Kennedy will be leading a workshop at WEBS, down the street from us, on Saturday, February 10th. Info here: NORMAN KENNEDY WEAVING WORKSHOP
It's free but you do need to register.

Norman Kennedy
Norman Kennedy
We're honored to welcome a national treasure, Norman Kennedy, to the Parlor Sessions for a night of songs and ballads. Kennedy, a Heritage Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts, was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, into a family with roots in that port city dating to the 13th century. The Kennedys had been shipbuilders and merchant seamen for generations. While learning songs and lore from family members and neighbors, Kennedy spent part of his teen years hanging around the local handweavers. During the 1950s, he made annual trips to the Outer Hebrides to learn the local weaving there, along with Gaelic songs and cultural practices. In 1965, he was invited to perform at the Newport Folk Festival to represent Scotland in a program on the origins of the American ballad tradition. A year later, he returned to the United States to co-found Country Roads, a shop and organization intended to support traditional crafts. From 1967 to 1972, he served as the master weaver at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, running the spinning and weaving shed. Finally, Kennedy founded the Marshfield School of Weaving in Marshfield, Vermont, in 1976 where he taught until 1995. Kennedy travels the country performing the old songs, telling stories, and instructing people in traditional weaving techniques, including the rarely practiced community method of waulking (shrinking) cloth accompanied by group song. He has a song for most every sort of work and tale, and we hope to hear many of them tonight.

About the Parlor Sessions: On assorted winter Sundays we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, some good hot soup, and an all-comers' jam -- or, tonight, an all-comers sing. These Parlor Sessions, now in their fifth year, are our antidote to the dark of winter. They're a little like home, if home is a houseful of wicked great musicians. The Parlor Sessions are sponsored by Goat Peak Strings of Easthampton, where you can find rare, vintage, and handmade stringed instruments; and by generous donations from Captain Jack's Roadside Shack, Bread Euphoria, Hungry Ghost, and Florence Pie Bar.
Zoë Darrow
Zoë Darrow
Zoë Darrow is an accomplished fiddler and musician of rare intensity and expressive range who grew up playing Cape Breton and other Celtic music on a sheep farm in Blandford, Massachusetts. Darrow released her first recording in 2001 at the age of 12, with her band the Fiddleheads. Now a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a degree in anthropology and music, she has become a sought-after collaborator, touring and recording with Tony Trischka, Tim Eriksen, and Peter Irvine. She routinely fills the Parlor Room and other venues in the Valley on album releases, collaborations, and original projects.
Venue Information:
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060