A Stokes resident will lead a harmony singing workshop

When harmony singing is done well, two or more vocal parts come together in an arrangement that adds depth, texture, and feel. Harmony singing isn’t just random magic and is harder than it looks. Luckily for Stokes County residents, a workshop is being offered right here in the county by Laurelyn Dossett and Kari Sickenberger in Westfield on October 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The duo will cover acapella songs, sibling duets, descants and rounds, and may have the chance to cover three- and four-part harmonies. The workshop is open to everyone – no experience or expertise is required. You don’t even have to know how to read music. According to the instructors, all you need is “an open heart, an open mind, and your voice.”

Laurelyn Dossett and Kari Sickenberger are the founders of Polecat Creek, a name under which they began playing music in the mid-1990s. Together they released three albums including “Salt Sea Bound”, “Leaving Eden” and ” Ordinary Seasons”. Together they won the neo-traditional competition at the Appalachian String Band festival in 2006. Dossett is also a prolific songwriter having won the Chris Austin songwriting competition at Merlefest in 2004 and recording songs that she wrote on award-winning and Grammy-nominated albums by Levon Helm and Rhiannon Giddens.

The workshop will take place at Ramble on Big Creek in Stokes County. Lunch and dinner are included, and there will be an informal song circle in the evening.

The price of the workshop is $150 per person. Pay a $75 deposit via venmo @rambleonbigcreek to hold your spot.

There are a few indoor rooms available on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as a cozy campsite available on-site. Contact Laurelyn Dossett to arrange the night and get the address at [email protected]

A bonus concert will take place the previous Friday October 7 at Ramble on Big Creek. A performance by Joe Thrift, Riley Baugus, Mark Olitsky and Alex Scala. Potluck at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for this show are $35.

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