Front Porch Swings are for Everyone!
May 26, 2009 by Geoff Davis
Geoff Davis – Blue Stone Folk School, Director
Our first Front Porch Swing of the season was on Sunday, May 17 and the porch did swing. It seems that folks had been waiting and practicing all winter and could not wait to get together on the porch to make some joyful noise!
When we began the porch swings last year we wanted to make it clear that everyone was invited. All levels of musicianship, all styles of music and all sort of instruments are ecouraged. No one has to worry about playing the right instrument. No one needs to worry about whether they are good enough or know the right songs. Everyone is welcome all of the time. It is our hope that the spirit of the Folk School will always be inclusive.
This inclusive spirit is not limited to musicians at our Porch Swings. Last weekend photographer, Holly Jordan, hung out and shot a series of beautiful black and white photographs that captured the spirit of the musicians. It was amazing to watch Holly work. She sat outside the circle of musicicans and shot from a comfortable distance. Most folks weren’t aware that she was shooting. Her careful presence allowed her to capture truly candid and wonderful shots.
Bruce Neckar, a mandolin and guitar player that frequents our events, often turns up with an handful of sketches of familiar musicians. Many are hanging in the hallway at the school.
This integration of disciplines has our hope from the beginning. It is a joy to see folks coming together to share the things that they ove to do.
Please plan to attend the next Front Porch Swing on Sunday, May 31. We begin at 4:00 and play until 6:00. Bring a camera, a sketchpad, a carving project and an instrument. You might want to bring a chair, too. Last time we used up all of ours!
Song sheets (music with lyrics and chords) are available. The initial packet is available for $2.00. Additional music, as it is developed and arranged, will be available for $.25 a sheet. Bring a binder and put together our songbook as it develops.
Though musicians may call songs not included in the song sheets, these sheets will give musicians an opportunity to practice and develop between jams.