Thursday, October 2, 2014

Singing Storytellers Symposium- part of Celtic Colours

Singing Storytellers Symposium - October 9-12th 2014


***THURSDAY, October 9th: James McConnell Memorial Library 50 Falmouth Street, Sydney (downtown). 10:00 am – 4:00 pm***

Registration: 9:00 am Thursday October 9th: James McConnell Memorial Library.

SPECIAL EXHIBIT - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Bringing Storytellers to the Screen Through The Films of Vincent Moon / Ely Rosenblum, ART/E/FACT, University of Cambridge

MAIN LIBRARY – Workshops and lecture-demonstrations

10:00 am -10:40 am: Come From Every Way: Canadian Songs of Immigration and Survival / Anne Lederman.

10:45 am – 11:25 pm: A Scottish town in five songs / David Scott, University of the West of Scotland.

11:30 am – 12:10 pm: The Storyteller Who Stopped in the Middle: Bringing Research Present / Kira Van Deusen.

12:15 pm – 12:55 pm: Hootenanny Tonite: Pete Seeger – American Troubadour – the early years / Leo Feinstein.

1:00 pm – 1:40 pm: Orality and Poetry: Cultivating Melody, Metre, and Memory in the Storytelling Body / Shauntay Grant, University of British Columbia.

1:45 pm – 2:25 pm: One Epic, Two Traditions: A Performance of Nepalese Epic Singing / Pushpa Raj Acharya, University of Alberta.

2:30 pm – 3:10 pm: The Musical Structures in 10th Century Chinese Storytelling Performance / Pengfei Wang, University of Alberta.

3:15 pm – 3:55 pm: The Wild Woman Archetype: From Fairy Tales and Myths to Song / Rita di Ghent, York University.

PROGRAM ROOM – Presentations and Papers

10:00 am – 11:00 am: “Every force evolves a form”: the mediatization of Scotland’s bardic tradition with reference to Sorley MacLean and Hamish Henderson (paper/film screening/workshop) / Kathryn A. Burnett and Tony Grace, University of the West of Scotland.

11:00 – 11:30 am: Digital Technology and a Changing Folk Music Mediascape (paper/performance) / Wayne Hansen, University of New Brunswick, Saint John.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Arash the Archer: A Persian Operatic Narration (paper) / Afarin Mansouri Tehrani, York University.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Feature Presentation: Sing as if narrating, narrate as if singing: A Literary Duet / Gary Geddes and Ann Eriksson.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Singing and Storytelling: Creativity, Healing and Empowerment in Indigenous Communities (workshop session).
  •  Dancing in My Bones / Daya Madhur, University of Alberta
  • The Impact of Music / Donovan Shirt, iHuman Youth Society
  • Tunes and Talk: Journey of Healing / Michael MacInnis and William Herney

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Storytelling in Popular Song (paper presentation session)
  • Surgical Crimes: The Transhumanism of Jonathan Coulton / Todd Pettigrew, Cape Breton University
  • Tradition and Authorship in Contemporary Cowboy Songs / Gillian Turnbull, Ryerson University
  • “The day may come when the paper rolls no more”: Singing the Industrial Heritage and Legacy of Newfoundland / Janice Tulk, Cape Breton University

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***THURSDAY October 9th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Sydney Curling Club, 619 George Street, Sydney (downtown) - SPECIAL SESSION***

“A Life in Song and Story”

Matthew Allen’s documentary film on the life of famed traditional Irish singer Seán Ó Sé will be screened at this session, as well as a presentation from Seán Ó Sé himself. The session will conclude with a question and answer period moderated by Lillis Ó Laoire, National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Seán Ó Sé: A Life in Song and Story / Saol Caite le hAmhrain agus Scealta (Documentary Film) / Matthew Allen, Wheaton College
  •  Abair Amhran: Say Me a Song / Seán Ó Sé
  • Lillis Ó Laoire, National University of Ireland, Galway (Moderator)

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