Saturday Workshops

No workshops on Sunday this year.  There will only be Saturday workshops.

1st Floor
Cloister Club
1st Floor
West Lounge
2nd Floor
3rd Floor
10:00–10:30                                     Play the Recorder
Chicago Recorders
10:30–11:00   Scandinavian Dance
Mary Alsopp & Friends
11:00–11:30 Sea Shanties
Tom Kastle
Play-Party Games
& Songs for Kids
Meg Dedolph
11:30–12:00 Waltzing
with Putting On Airs
12:00–12:30 Jug Band
Skip Landt
Cajun Dance Instruction Golosa - Russian Choir
12:30–1:00 Cajun Dance
with Cajun Troubadours
1:30–2:00     Morris Dancing
2:30–3:00       Bluegrass
Patuxent Partners
3:00–3:30   Barn Dance
Corn Potato String Band
with Lindsay McCaw
and Bill Sudkamp
Shapenote Singing
4:00–4:30  Irish Legends of Chicago
Sean, Devin & Jonathan

 Jamming on Recorder, a Medieval Folk Instrument
10:00-11:00, West Lounge   (2nd Floor)
Join Chicago Recorders, directed by Lisette Kielson, in a recorder performance, demonstration, and jam session. The recorder was a very popular instrument for friendly gatherings in Europe from the 1400s through the 1700s, and it has an eager following in the 21st century as well. Bring your recorder (and stand) if you have one. We'll have a few on hand to borrow. RSVP to Chicago Recorders President Ben Eisenstein at ( or just show up!

Scandinavian Dance Workshop with Mary Allsopp & Friends
10:30-12:00, Cloister Club
Get your day started moving to the lively tunes of Scandinavia. We have playful party dances, gentle waltzes and lively set dances. Traditionally, the morning wraps up with a Grand March. Partners optional, all ages welcome. Walk-through instruction by John Parrish, and live music throughout.

Sea Shanty Singing w/ Tom Kastle
11:00-Noon, Library
Join Tom Kastle for a look at traditional sea songs and a capella shanties based on research as well as two decades of being a professional maritime singer and tall ship captain. Tom also teaches the sea music class at the Old Town School of Folk Music and is the co-director of the Chicago Maritime Festival, taking place at the Old Town School of Folk Music on April 18th. Bring a song or learn one quickly as these songs become your friends quite easily.

Play-Party Games & Songs for Kids
11:00-Noon, West Lounge   (2nd Floor)
This interactive music-making workshop is perfect for families.  Meg Dedolph will lead young children and their families to a world of music through imaginative musical play rooted in the folk music traditions of American and global communities.

Waltzes and More Walztes, With English Country Dance
11:30-1:30, 3rd Floor Theater
Putting On Aires will play for an extended time of waltzing and occasional English Country Dances. The workshop will be led by Tom Senior.

Cajun Dance
Noon-2:30, Cloister Club
The Cajun Troubadours will play for a Cajun Dance. Instruction from Noon to 12:30, with the dance to follow.

Golosa: Folk Songs from Siberia
Noon-1:00, West Lounge   (2nd Floor)
Golosa is a Chicago-based ensemble presenting the rich and exuberant tradition of Russian folk song. From Cossack marching tunes to hymns of the Orthodox Church to songs of contemporary Russian artists, Golosa incorporates traditional instruments and dances to tell stories of love, war, and devotion.

Strictly Jug Nuts
Noon-1:00, Library
Strictly Jug Nuts is a 21st century fusion jug band, bringing the fun music of Maxwell Street to contemporary audiences. We've scoured closets, basements and old laundry rooms for instruments, wrangling the results into Chicago's champion jug band. Our workshop will introduce the players, the sounds, the songs and the fun, with opportunities to try the instruments and join in!

Morris Dancing
1:30-2:30, Third Floor Theater
Join Pullman Morris and Sword, from the city's far South Side, for a demonstration and workshop on Morris dancing, an English traditional dance done in teams to live music. Clash sticks, leap high and banish the winter doldrums with this longstanding Chicago tradition.

2:30-4:00, Third Floor Theater
Join Patuxent Partners in fhte Third Floor Theater for a mini-concert and discussion of Bluegrass music..

Old-Time Barn Dance
3:00-5:00, Cloister Club
The Corn Potato String Band will play for an old-time Barn Dance in the Cloister Club on Saturday afternoon. The dances will be called and brief instruction given.

Irish Legends of Chicago
4:00-5:00, Library
Sean Gavin, Devin Shephard and Jonathan Whitall will present the music of the great Irish musicians of the Chicago area.

Shapenote Singing
3:00-6:00, West Lounge   (2nd Floor)
Please join us for some robust four-part harmony singing from the Sacred Harp. First composed by itinerant New England singing masters in the 18th century, then nurtured and developed in the South in the 19th and 20th centuries, these hymns have been a part of American traditional culture since before the Revolutionary War.

Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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