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Unity Hall to host Blues Frees the Spirit songwriting jam session

Posted 9/8/22

One of the region’s foremost musicians and musical scholars will offer an afternoon of songwriting and singing at Unity Hall.

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Unity Hall to host Blues Frees the Spirit songwriting jam session

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BARNEVELD — One of the region’s foremost musicians and musical scholars will offer an afternoon of songwriting and singing at Unity Hall, 101 Vanderkemp Ave., when Monk Rowe hosts his “Blues Frees the Spirit” — a songwriting jam session for children ages 8-13 at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

The children participating in the workshop will join Rowe in activities to absorb the A-A-B lyric style and the 12-bar blues form. By the end of the workshop, participants will have composed their own blues lyrics and prepared them for performance.

These new songs will be performed with accompaniment provided by Rowe at the end of the afternoon session. Previous song writing or musical experience is not required to participate.

Blues music has endured for one hundred plus years, providing us songs about good times and bad, slow ballads and upbeat rock and roll.

Attendance at the workshop is free, but space is limited and participants must register in advance by filling out the form at www.unityhall.com. Workshop registration is limited to one child per household, but other family members or friends may attend to watch and hear the workshop.

The program is presented by the Unity Hall Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1995 to maintain the 1896 Hall as a center for the arts and community activities.

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