SP20 Celtic Legacies: Ballads of Appalachian Culture - CANCELLED

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Friday February 28

4:00 PM  –  6:30 PM

Celtic Legacies: Ballads of Appalachian Culture

Instructor: Bobbie Pell

Friday, February 28, 4 – 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$88 Member | $108 Non-member

Limit: 24 students


Delve into the ancient stories and songs of honor, betrayal, and true love based in the Celtic literary legacy now rooted in the Appalachian culture. We begin our journey into the past by looking at how songs accompanied traditional farm life: home life, chores, family. European ballads collected by Dr. Frances Child and Appalachian variations will be enjoyed for their poetic form and ballad structure. Students may create their own narrative ballads following an inspirational walk in the gardens (weather permitting). The Saturday class will involve song, storytelling, and poetry while a preview on Friday evening will include a viewing of the film "Songcatcher" as an intriguing introduction. Open to writers, singers, storytellers, and wanderers into Folklore!

For over 35 years, Bobbie Pell has shared her love of story with audiences of all ages through written works, storytelling performances, and workshops. Her speciality area, Celtic folklore and traditions, focuses on folk / faerie lore, ballads, and archetypical myths. Bobbie, a national award-winning author, shares her creative writing teaching skills with students of all levels to inspire them towards finding their own written voice. 


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