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Thursday 13th February 2020

Masterclass of Corsican paghjellas

— BS7 9BA
A small group workshop from the Windborne Singers, exclusively focused on Corsican paghjellas
price: Headfirst Tickets


“The best musical discovery of the year...Stunningly powerful vocal harmony in the tradition of the Watersons, The Voice Squad, and Coope, Boyes, and Simpson, Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today”
-Brian O'Donovan, National Public Radio
We are pleased to announce that Windborne have agreed to teach an additional workshop this Thursday afternoon. Open to a maximum of 12 singers, this workshop will be exclusively focused on Corsican Paghjellas.

A Unesco listed musical tradition, Paghjellas are a kind of musical game sung by small groups, traditionally of men, in three parts. Each song is begun by the middle voice, the 'segonda', who sings the principle melody. Once the segonda reaches a certain point in the phrase, he is joined by the bass (u bassu), who then takes the lead, until both are joined in turn by the top part (terze), who brings the phrase to its conclusion. The timing is free, and the form allows considerable scope for improvisation and ornamentation, requiring close listening across the parts.

In order to reserve a place on this workshop, email, stating your voice part (bass, mid, top). Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis, subject to balancing the voice parts within the group. You must be confident singing close harmonies in a small group, and be aware that the harmonies are likely to be different to those you may be used to. But if you are up for this challenge, you are assured of an exciting and entertaining musical experience, exploring a musical form that is rarely sung in this country.
"Some of the finest singers of protest and folk music that I have ever heard...One of the Best Albums of 2017! " -SingOut! Radio Magazine

"Spectacularly good, utterly brilliant...a hugely impressive album!"
-Blues and Roots Radio

"Completely enthralled with them from the first notes...their harmonies are gorgeous..." -No Depression
£18 OTD. To reserve a place, and for more details and updates, go to our FB page:
1.00 - 3.00, Venue confirmed on reserving your place.

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