Silly Song Sing-Along: Songs of Nonsense & Silliness

Silly Song Sing-Along: Songs of Nonsense & Silliness

Celia Ramsay, Calvaleigh Rasmussen

Sunday, July 1st

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm

  • Admission is free.
  • Reservations are limited to 2 tickets per person.

Silly Song Sing-Along: Songs of Nonsense & Silliness
Join mother-daughter team Celia Ramsay and Calvaleigh Rasmussen to sing Old Time traditional songs about animals, Woody Guthrie's Mail Myself to You, ​Barry Polisar's I Wanna Be a Dog, and many others!"

For kids from age four to fourth grade (but EVERYONE is welcome! Bring your favorite adult!)
Carter Family Sing-Along
The Carter Family is generally regarded as the First Family of American country music. They first recorded in 1927 for Victor Records in Bristol, TN, as part of what is considered to be the "Big Bang" of country music. Their recordings of songs such as "Wabash Cannonball", "Can the Circle Be Unbroken", "Wildwood Flower", "Keep On the Sunny Side" and "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" made these songs country standards. The original group consisted of three people from rural Southwest Virginia: A.P. Carter, his wife Sara Carter, and his sister-in-law Maybelle Carter. In addition, Sara and Maybelle were first cousins. Maybelle is considered to be the originator of country-style guitar playing, and Sara’s rich alto voice has been a template for many women country singers. A.P. traveled throughout the Eastern mountains, collecting folksongs which they recorded (and which, consequently, made A.P. quite a good living through copyrights and publishing rights).

There is nothing that nurtures a sense of community and well-being like singing well-loved songs together. Laurie Lewis will lead this joyous sing-along, aided by Leah Wollenberg and young guitarist and singer Daisy Kerr. The trick will be trying to figure out which songs, among the hundreds the Carter Family recorded, to feature. There are too many gems to choose from!
Celia Ramsay
Celia Ramsay has been teaching kids to sing or dance from the time her kids were in pre-school through high school. Blame for her several-years as an artist-in-residence at St. Helena schools goes to Calvaleigh, who repeatedly told her teachers, “My mom teaches dance and singing.” Celia has been singing since the days of “Here We Go Loopty-Loo”, is a regular performer at the Freight singing both traditional Scottish songs, and 1940s style jazz. She teaches harmony singing workshops with Libby McLaren in Berkeley.

Celia Ramsay’s affinity for her Scottish heritage burst into bloom in her teens; that was a long time ago, and that passion has followed her throughout her life. As a singer of traditional music, her voice is captivating and convincing, and as delightful “in the old style” as with accompaniment. Listeners will understand why she feels that this music is not merely the territory of her ancestors in Scotland; these songs are about the universal human condition. She loves the lyrics; you will love her voice.

“Lord, lord, lord. Celia, what an incredible voice you have!” Ray Edlund, KPFA
Calvaleigh Rasmussen
Calvaleigh Rasmussen is a Berkeley musician/dancer who has been performing spirited music on accordion, drum, bagpipes, voice and piano for many years. You’ll have seen her playing music with the Newcastle Waites at the Great Dickens Christmas Faire, or playing and dancing at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. She has played contestants onto the field at World Joust, a real-deal medieval jousting event with Viadeyra, and performed with Thrupenny Uprights, and the Bruno Band.