Jim Hall & Cindy Morgan

Jim Hall & Cindy Morgan have been playing music together since 1997, and released their first CD in 2003. Their performances emphasize tight vocal harmonies, strong lyrics and solid instrumental touches. Their music is Americana with contemporary influences (folk, bluegrass, blues, gospel, old-time, traditional). Both are self-taught musicians, whose earliest harmony experiences were singing in churches with strong vocal music traditions. Cindy & Jim live in an 1860's-era farmhouse with their two dogs, four cats, and 43 instruments (at last count), including guitars, mandolins, piano, concertina, fiddles, harmonicas, kazoos, whistles, chicken shake eggs...the list is endless.

Their Cd, "The Real Deal," has 15 traditional and contemporary songs, perfect for singing along with (especially for adding a third harmony). It is available in the Lansing area, at their gigs, or through the mail, and it will be on sale at the festival. You can contact Hall & Morgan at cam83@cornell.edu, or call them at (517) 663-1788.

Workshop

Riding the Orphan Train / 3 - 4 pm
Traditional folk music has long focused on death in its various forms. In this workshop, we'll examine the experience of orphanhood, from early British and American tunes such as "Poor Little Sailor Boy" and "Wayfaring Stranger" to contemporary songs such as Utah Phillips' "Orphan Train", Tim O'Brien's "Lost Little Children" and Gillian Welch's "Orphan Girl." We know it sounds depressing, but these songs are beautiful and fun to sing, with lots of room for good harmony. Over-the-counter anti-depressants will be available at the door, and we'll vote on which song is most pathetic.




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