Celia Ramsay

Vocalist, Songwriter, Dance Caller, Teacher

House Concert Comin' Up!

Yikes! This month's newsletter almost got past me, for all sorts of busy reasons, all of them good! What I want you to think about first, is coming to Fortunate Strangers' Auburn House Concert show this coming weekend, Sunday, September 25. It's time to contact our wonderful hosts, Sharon and Jaya Carl (either by email or by calling 530-­885­-4292) to reserve your seats! Please join us for an intimate concert where you'll be so close you can hear us breathe, ask us questions and sing along with us! Because it's a school night, the show will be at 7:00pm, and the suggested donation is $20. We'll do one lusciously long set, so you can get your money's worth and still be home in time for a good sleep, refreshed and ready for work on Monday!

Next up, we also have a firm time when you can come hear us in Reno: 11:00am on Sunday, October 2, at the Reno Celtic Festival. We'll be on a big stage for that one, at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park in south Reno. There'll be other fine bands, playing, too, and the whole event looks to be a lot of fun with dancers, pipe bands, falconers, trinkets to purchase, and caber tosses and stone putting for athletic entertainment! Be sure to come up and say hello after our show! 

CARMONY RECORDING FINISHED!

We still have to do the photography and graphic design for the cover, but Carmony: Learn to Sing Harmony While You Drive is in the can! We're on schedule for a late fall release! We'll keep you all updated, but if you're already on my list of folks who want copies, I'll be sure to notify you when we have it ready. If you're not already on my list, but want your own special email announcement of the arrival of Carmony, shoot me an email at celiaramsay@gmail.com. IT IS REALLY WONDERFUL! And I'll have a really funny story for you in my next newsletter about cars.

CALLING PRIVATE DANCES

Periodically, I get hired to call private dances and they are a lot of fun, so I'm just mentioning this in case you've wondered about doing that for an event of yours; I can even hire the band for you. Here, you can see me calling a dance for the Westwind Community Barn in Los Altos Hills. This photo is at the beginning, when there were only a few small children who got up to join me, but after a while their recalcitrant parents joined in. That's a funny thing, isn't it? So many people think they can't dance, but once they've tried doing a family dance or a contra dance, they are so consistently surprised at how easy and how much fun it is, they often tell me they wish they'd tried it sooner. The kids know--if you can walk, you can dance.