Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Singing with the Cheese Queen

Ricki and Jamie are Raising Their Voices in Song!

Everybody knows that the King and Queen of Cheese LOVE to sing-in fact, they have mandated that everyone in their kingdom must sing while they are making their cheese and thus all their cheeses will be blessed with joy and harmony.

When the royal couple are not making cheese, they are frequently hosting in-house singing concerts with workshops.  Of course, you are all invited to attend.  (The next one will be November 19th - info at the end of this post.)

This summer, right before the wedding, Ricki and Jamie hosted a week-long Village Harmony singing camp at their home in Ashfield, MA.  There were 3 leaders;  Kathy Bullock taught Gospel music, Larry Gordon (the founder of Village Harmony) taught Shape Note and South African music, and Eva Primack taught music from the Balkans.  The following pictures were taken by Christina Gabriel:

Singing at a Nearby Church

The camp itself was centered at Ricki and Jamie's house, but the singing was done in a nearby church because of the lovely space and the excellent acoustics.

Playing at Ricki and Jamie's House

Although there was a LOT of singing during camp week, there was also plenty of time for play.

The Final Concert

The culmination of camp week is always a concert.  This year, (and every year) the church was filled.

The Next Workshop and Concert

Arthur Davis, Wheaton Squire, Kenny Shimizu, Luke Hoffman
Oh my, we are in for a real treat!
November 19th at Ricki & Jamie's Place
292 Main Street, Ashfield MA 01330
RSVP to 413-628-4568 or info@cheesemaking.com
Workshop 3-5 $25.00 (pot luck at 5:30) 
Concert 7pm $10.00

Organized while on tour in Europe with Northern Harmony, Kenny, Wheaton, Arthur & Luke have formed a gospel quartet, "The Washed Up Blues Band"
They will give a 2 hour class from 3-5 followed by a Pot Luck Dinner and House Concert at 7.

Men, here is your chance to croon and swoon with the best. With a huge repertoire, straight up one person to each part team teaching and demonstrating, they will teach & perform American Gospel/Jubilee quartet music, made popular between the late 20's & 40's.  Songs based on recordings of The Soul Stirrers, The Golden Gate Quartet, The Stars of Harmony, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Kansas City Gospel Singers, with arrangements that are new and give them their own sound. Soon there will be videos online.

Sign up soon for their premiere concert,
this will be fabulous!

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