Tag: music

Interview with Annie Fain Liden-Barralon

The Folk School is so happy to welcome Annie Fain Liden-Barralon to the position of Music and Dance Coordinator! I sat down with Annie Fain to find out about her experience growing up in the Folk School community and what it’s like to return as the Music and Dance Coordinator.

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Brasstown to Newport!

Thanks to a marketing grant from the Ddora Foundation, the Folk School was able to attend the celebrated Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island last weekend. We were excited to have the opportunity to spread the word about the Folk School to over 10,000 festival attendees.

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Learning by Doing

Summer is here and so is Little/Middle Folk School.  While the campus is taken over by kick ball, card games, picnics, and the fire truck that stopped by on Tuesday to spray the kids off – there is still one adult class happening, and that’s Dance Caller’s Week.

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Hammered Dulcimer Victory

The week of May 30 was an exciting one for 10 beginning dulcimer players.  Although several students had a music background, there were a number of others who couldn’t read music, and felt they “weren’t musical.”  Under teacher Anne Lough and myself as the assistant, students went from being terrified of the 60 plus strings to being able to play several tunes.  In fact, the entire class played for “Morning Song” on Friday to a packed Davidson Hall!  All this was accomplished with much laughter, sharing, and fun! Everyone left at the end of the week talking about attending the continuing class later in the year.   As Dorothy said, “I never thought I’d be able to really hear music.”

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Monday Night Music

Morning song at the Folk School is a cherished way of waking up.  We  can slowly get out of bed, walk to the Keith House Community Room, make a cup of coffee or tea, and for thirty minutes before breakfast, blink, yawn, and listen to music.  Depending on who is performing – listeners are invited to sing along, or lean back in their chairs to hear stories.

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Our new website is live and this blog has moved to folkschool.org/stories

Please visit and bookmark the News & Stories page as all new content will appear over there and blog.folkschool.org will soon head to the archives. We’ll continue to bring you tales about the Folk School experience from the perspective of teachers and students, along with the latest news from our staff and Resident Artists. We’re in the process of transferring our blog archive over to the new website, but there are plenty of interviews and anecdotes to dive into today.

Current Catalog

Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our new January–December 2022 Catalog is now available. View the eCatalog online. To receive a printed catalog in the mail, complete our Request a Catalog form on our website.

Online Craft Shop

Our online Craft Shop is now live! Support our vision, mission, and values by purchasing handcrafted items. Our online selection of items will continue to grow, so check back regularly for new items, interviews and more.

Class Subjects

Our new website is live and this blog has moved to folkschool.org/stories

Please visit and bookmark the News & Stories page as all new content will appear over there and blog.folkschool.org will soon head to the archives. We’ll continue to bring you tales about the Folk School experience from the perspective of teachers and students, along with the latest news from our staff and Resident Artists. We’re in the process of transferring our blog archive over to the new website, but there are plenty of interviews and anecdotes to dive into today.

Current Catalog

Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our new January–December 2022 Catalog is now available. View the eCatalog online. To receive a printed catalog in the mail, complete our Request a Catalog form on our website.

Online Craft Shop

Our online Craft Shop is now live! Support our vision, mission, and values by purchasing handcrafted items. Our online selection of items will continue to grow, so check back regularly for new items, interviews and more.