Sparrow Songs

I will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a very unique event on Sat­ur­day, May 19 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. It is called Spar­row Songs: A Coun­try Song String. You can get more infor­ma­tion here. Or read below to get a gist of what the night will hold. I will be one of four vocal­ists per­form­ing songs from a recently dis­cov­ered sheaf of doc­u­ments which included lyrics to a mys­te­ri­ous col­lec­tion of inter­con­nected tunes. We will be backed by a crack band for this one-​​of-​​a-​​kind event, so be sure not to miss it!

“The Spar­row Songs is taken from a col­lec­tion of lyrics housed in the archives of the State of Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity at Tacoma. Eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gists believe that these songs are the only known rem­nants of what was once known as a “song-​​string” – an extinct musi­cal form of the Amer­i­can west. The Spar­row Songs have never before been per­formed publicly.

Song-​​strings were an after din­ner enter­tain­ment in which neigh­bours and fam­i­lies would gather with their instru­ments and set about to make a string of songs. The par­tic­i­pants would take turns adding songs; the chal­lenge being that each song would have to – in some way – relate to the pre­vi­ous song in tone or sub­ject. Ide­ally, the songs would even­tu­ally form a nar­ra­tive. Some­times song-​​strings would develop over a period of years, and achieve great lengths”

For more infor­ma­tion, click here.