Over the years, I have organized folk song singalongs in bars and other community spaces. These singalongs were inspired in part by the traditions I saw in Ireland, where people just stand up in the bar, and lead everyone present in singing folk songs that they all know.
I believe in the powers of music to transform people, environments, and situations, to cultivate resiliency, and to form social bonds. I always enjoy watching people become comfortable joining in communal song, finding pleasure and community in the shared experience.
Below are a few of the lyric books I’ve created from these events.
This field recording of an impromptu singalong with my fellow Portland State University Art and Social Practice MFA students at a writing retreat on Mount Hood in 2012 gives you a sense of the flavor of it.