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Boston Worksong Workshop

Worksong Workshop with Edith & Bennett @ TBA

Join Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni for an evening of food and music. As we sing we'll shuck garlic for a local farm, helping them prepare for this season's planting. 

During the workshop we'll: 

  • Learn old and new songs that make work go faster, smoother, and with more fun. 
  • Explore tips and tricks for improving the power and dynamism of your own voice
  • Discuss how to include music into your own work

Worksongs are a tool that has been used by farmers, fishermen, sailors- workers of all stripes- to help structure the rhythm of work, pass the time, improve the efficiency and unify crews. Young farmers today are once again learning the art of the worksong as a tool on modern small farms. 

This workshop is open to singers of any ability. Most important is a curiosity and enthusiasm for the idea and a willingness to learn by ear without sheet music.

Bennett is co-founder of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island, NY and Duckback Farm in Maine and runs the website worksongs.org. He received a prestigious TJ Watson Fellowship to study worksongs for one year in 7 countries, and has used and taught worksongs on tall ships and small farms for twenty years. 

Edith grew up singing as a member of the legendary Gawler Family of Maine and brings her cheerful demeanor and soulful Alto to the fore when out in the fields with Bennett. She leads and follows hundreds of songs and will make even the crustiest curmudgeon laugh with her improvised verses. 

Tickets $25, purchased online.

Space is limited so please sign up early.