Beginning with early Gaelic traditions, Stevan Jackson will explore the origins of telling stories through song as it relates to western culture using a combination of performance and talk. Traveling historically throughout the British Isles, across the Atlantic Ocean to Appalachia deep into America, he will speak about how storytelling became enmeshed with music through the bardic harpers, ultimately contributing to the creation of ballads. Throughout the presentation, he will incorporate performances on the Celtic harp, guitar, dulcimer, banjo, and vocals to illustrate the varied characteristics of ballads. This historical journey of storytelling and balladry will culminate by bringing the art form into the modern era of the ballad singer/ songwriter.
Stevan Jackson is a singer-songwriter. He writes melody and lyrics to songs of different genres. He uses several instruments as vehicles to move his songs. He also composes instrumental pieces for Celtic harp, guitar, and banjo. He often performs shows with just his original material.
Space is limited – reserve your spot today! There will be time at the end of the workshop for Q&A.
NOTE: This workshop will be recorded and distributed to registered attendees for use as a learning tool. A highlights video will be produced and shared to promote future workshops and events.