Celia Ramsay

Vocalist, Songwriter, Dance Caller, Teacher

Things That Simmer in Summer

TEACHING AT LARK - In last month's newsletter, I mentioned Lark Camp with regard to being a student in the songwriting class, among other things. I have been thinking about teaching a basic voice class there, and as luck would have it, that will be a reality! I'll be teaching four days during the second half of camp and here's the description of the class:

Let Your Voice Out of the (Closet) Shower!

Do you wish you felt braver about singing Happy Birthday at parties? Wanna get your voice out of the shower and onto the stage? Wish you felt you could sing while you demonstrate your instrumental prowess? Then this 4-day workshop is for you! We will discuss: Seven Truths About Singing - being honest and brave; Vocal range - yours, not somebody else's; How to listen to yourself; Breathing; Matching pitches; Singing harmony; Singing ornaments.

At the end of class, I will provide a valuable list of SF Bay Area singing resources.

SWANNANOA - I just got back from attending a very cool camp near Asheville, NC. The Swannanoa Gathering hosts six different, back-to-back weeks of music camp, and I attended "Celtic Week". I took classes with well-known Scottish singer, Ed Miller, as well as Alan Reid (formerly of the Battlefield Band). They were both truly fine teachers, knowledgeable about history & geography in addition to the music traditions of Scotland. The Gathering was really top notch, and the staff concerts alone were worth the price of attendance. I was there to sing, but there were also many fine instrumental instructors, and the staff roster was filled with luminaries like John Doyle, Cathy Jordan, Liz Carroll, and Martin Hayes. Definitely worth checking out!

PAUL HEMMINGS RECORDED MY SONG! - I met ace uke-man, Paul Hemmings, at California Coastal Music Camp last summer, when I was taking his class in ukelele. Now there's the strummy kind of ukelele playing, and then there's the way Paul plays, and it's unlike anything you'd expect. When you watch the video to the left, you'll see what I mean. Anyway, Paul did a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his most recent recording project, The Blues and the Abstract Uke, and I made a donation that was rewarded by Paul making a recording of a song of my choosing.

So I picked the title song I wrote for my album, I'll Just Lie About It. Paul just sent me the result, and it's purely lovely. See what you think!

Saturday, August 22, 8:00pm

KEN RISLING and I will perform a duo show at my house in North Berkeley! You must reserve a seat to get the address, so shoot me an email. Suggested donation of $20, doors open at 7:30 for an 8:00pm concert start.

Songwriter, Ken Risling will join me for a sweet little house concert. Ken's songs have won awards in West Coast Songwriter's competitions and for good reason. I'll be trucking out some of my own original songs, and we aim to have a really good time! Wine and munchies served gratis at the intermission, and the CD boutique will be open, of course!