Today’s new thing is a discovery more than an action on my part. In preparation for my time as a resource artist with Adventure Canada’s Greenland/Wild Labrador voyage next September, I took up my guitar and began playing Doc Watson and some traditional Newfoundland and Labrador songs, as well as songs of my own. My daughter joined me at the kitchen table and started belting out harmonies. No matter which song I played (Your Long Journey, I Still Miss Someone, When I Grow Too Old to Dream), she had the harmony for it. I didn't know she could do that. I’d meant to fool around for half an hour, but we ended up making an afternoon of it, and she started playing the guitar herself along with the set of Hohner harmonicas my dad gave her for Christmas. (Dad plays a mean harmonica in his log cabin.) The more I thought about it, the more I thought my daughter might want to come on a few singin’ world travels with me, so I'm going to work on that. Maybe I'll post a clip of her harmonies here next time I play with my new microphone. See Adventure Canada's Greenland/Labrador voyage as well as their other thrilling journeys at the link above.
I'm no expert but Song Circle is a folk thing. Mine is in Kitchener, and I know there's a strong one in Toronto. Hosted usually at someone's home. You go around the circle and you can lead, request, or pass. Songs have to have a sing-along component even if it's just the chorus. I've always sung with my sisters but after going to a few folk concerts hosted by this group I decided to take the plunge and join them. My daughter is 14 and just starting her vocal music training in an arts school. She wanted to come too and she loved it. They were happy to have a young person there because they trend older. Lots of talent, lots of heart.