We found this worksong among a wonderful collection of other songs on worksongs.org, which is run by Maine farmer-musician Bennett Konesni. It’s kind of a digital soundbook and Bennett has created a collection of songs used to aid labor and has included lyrics on many of the songs. His long term goal is to have recordings, lyrics, history, usage tips and comments on each song. He created the site to address three needs:
First, the need to share songs that people can use in their fields, markets, kitchens and at the table. Second, and more generally, my wish to understand and enliven the culture of food. Third, and in a universal sense, my desire to explore ways to make all work more fun.
It’s a really cool project and he and his trained harbor seal Andre accept donations if you would like to support him.
Click HERE to check out the full site.
Remember those song birds up in Maine that we wrote about a few weeks ago? (To refresh your memory: they play magical folk tunes with lyrics that will make any farmer smile, cry, and chuckle. We recommend them most for tapping your toes and stirring pots of chili after long crisp days of fall harvest.)
Well, we’re excited to announce that those far from the dreamy lands of Maine can still get their hands on the music. Adam Nordell’s new songs and CD are now available for preview, download, and even physical purchase on CD Baby!
Noon, December 6, 2014 at Sub Edge Farm, 199 Town Farm Rd., Farmington, Connecticut
Presented by Bennett Konesni, Edith Gawler, and friends.
Join Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler (of Sylvester Manor and worksongs.org) for this small-group, hands-on, sing-out workshop at Sub Edge Farm in Farmington. Participants will learn a collection of songs useful on vegetable farms with working crews. In the process, we’ll discuss how to use worksongs as a cultural technology, a tool you can use to improve your effectiveness in the field and transform your experience of mundane handwork.
Based on new experience and insights from using worksongs during the 2014 season, we will cover simple call and response songs from the Americas and Africa, and may touch on livestock calls of Europe and Asia. We’ll explore the careful steps you can take with your fellow cultivators to introduce songs into the field setting and touch on details such as leader/group dynamics, space and song layout, working patterns, and the history and modern practice of this lively and useful agrarian tradition.
Suggested Donation: $10.00
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The Agrarian Resistance Mixtape is looking for musical submissions!
Please send songs by April 15th in the following format to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Track title:
- Written by:
- Link to a recording:
- Contact of musician(s):
- Link to lyrics:
- Permission to use material? (Please state YES)
Join Max Godfrey and Friends for a raucous, foot-stomping evening of worksongs, food, and infectious laughter. We will learn many songs traditionally sung by prisoners and field workers as a means of enduring the hardships of forced labor, but which have been rediscovered by farmers as tools for making their work more enjoyable. With simple,call-and-response structures, these songs can be learned quickly and require no vocal “skill” whatsoever. We will start with the simplest songs and share some more involved worksongs as our lungs warm up. We will also share many songs from around the world that American farmers have adapted for use in the fields. Even if you’re not a farmer you’re bound to remember some of these songs and enjoy sharing them with friends. This singalong will include a meal prepared by Max and Friends, but singing will continue throughout the evening.
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