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First Wednesdays
Song Circle
with Cary Sheldon

Join us to sing around the virtual campfire! FREE monthly sessions on the first Wednesday of the month with mentor Cary Sheldon.

NEXT SONG CIRCLE: MAR 6!

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The Register Now! button will take you to the Eventbrite registration page for Song Circle. You may register for as many individual sessions as you like.

Already registered? You can access your online link from the Eventbrite registration page, and you will get emails with the link in the days leading up to the workshop.

More questions? Check out the Online Access Help Page.

Event Video

Enjoy this highlight from our November Song Circle with Cary and guest artist Maurice Tani.

About the Event

There’s nothing that brings people together better than singing our favorite songs. It recalls summer nights around the campfire: someone strumming the guitar and all singing a mix of folk music, familiar songs we heard on the radio, and occasional new songs that someone shares.

Join us the first Wednesday of the month over Zoom for Song Circle. Mentor Cary Sheldon will invite us into her home to lead us in singing old favorites and new gems. Registration and participation are FREE!

Nobody has to worry about whether you know the songs or can sing like a pro. All online participants will be on mute. Lyrics and listen-links are posted on this page. This is our chance to share the joy of singing simply for the fun of it.

March’s theme is “Folk Journeys Through Time and Place” with guest artist Aireene Espiritu!

Date and Time

First Wednesday of the month  |  7:00 p.m. Pacific
Oct 4   ∙   Nov 1   ∙   Feb 7   ∙   Mar 6   ∙   Apr 3   ∙   May 1

Who should attend?

Everyone who wants to sing favorite songs and learn some new ones, too.

How should I prepare?

No preparation is required! We will post lyrics on this page but no practice is needed, just join us for an hour of musical fun with friends.

Is there a cost?

There is no cost, Song Circle is FREE.
Song Circle is a free initiative of Amateur Music Network, and is supported by your generous donations.

How do I attend?

Register on our website – registration will open in September.

Register Now!

The Register Now! button will take you to the Eventbrite registration page for Song Circle. You may register for as many individual sessions as you like.

Already registered? You can access your online link from the Eventbrite registration page, and you will get emails with the link in the days leading up to the workshop.

More questions? Check out the Online Access Help Page.

Meet the Mentors

Cary Sheldon is a singer, songwriter, and beloved Berkeley voice teacher with 30 years’ worth of grateful students. She has been playing and teaching in the Bay Area for the last 40 years. Her love for R & B music led her to be part of Zazu Pitts Memorial Orchestra in the 1980’s.  Other affiliations include The Henry Kaiser Band, The Henriettas (a recreation of DeZurick sisters, a popular country music duo from the 1940’s), who appeared on Prairie Home Companion, and most recently her band DanceChant, a joyful community-inspired R&B band that encourages audience participation. She continues to be inspired by her love of singing in community. “Singing together with others is one of the greatest joys in my life.” Now in her 60’s, she returns to influences from her early life. Her grade school music teachers included John Langstaff, creator of the Christmas Revels, and the repertoire was based on the American folk tradition, including old English ballads, spirituals, freedom songs, and the popular folk and protest songs of the 1960’s. She hopes to inspire others to explore the depth of this material and rediscover the joy of community singing.
Photo by Jeanette Yu

 


 

All our Song Circle Guest Artists bring their expertise and love of community to inspire us to join together in singing. We explore multiple genres and styles, all grounded in creating an hour of fun in song.

March’s theme is “Folk Journeys Through Time and Place.”

In March we are joined by Guest Artist Aireene Espiritu, a singer/songwriter based in Oakland, CA with over 25 years experience covering various genres from folk, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues to world music. She plays a mix of stompin’, swayin’ and timeless Americana reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears. Aireene was a soloist with the Glide Ensemble in San Francisco, has toured internationally and across the country, playing intimate venues such as Freight & Salvage to festivals such as Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and more. Her project Color-Coded Symphony premiered at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum in 2017. This performance piece is a musical experience connecting the audience’s ethnic origins to rhythms of the world and whose aim is to nurture curiosity and openness towards other cultures through music. Her latest project is The Sampaguitas, singing Filipino folk songs and originals in three-part harmonies.

Workshop Materials

SONGS! Lyrics and chord charts

These are songs we’ll be singing at next Song Circle. We might not get to all of them, we might bring in some others. 

Note that sometimes the key of the recording or YouTube is different from what we will sing together. This is because not all these recordings are in keys that are ideal for all voice parts, and we want everyone to be able to join in.

HOW TO READ THE CHORD CHARTS

For each song, there is a short introductory note, then two music sheets. The first sheet has lyrics, and the second version has the music chords. For those who wish to play along, here are instructions from Cary about how to navigate the songs’ chord charts. For those who just wish to sing, refer to the first page (just the words).

SONG CIRCLE ARCHIVE PAGE

Lyrics and chord charts from previous Song Circle sessions can be downloaded from our Song Archive page.

Songs for March: "Folk Journeys Through Time and Place"

    Jamaica Farewell

    Lord Burgess; performed by Aireene Espiritu

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on YouTube

    You Are My Sunshine

    Jimmie Davis & Charles Mitchell; performed by Aireene Espiritu

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on YouTube

    Forever Young

    Bob Dylan; performed by Aireene Espiritu

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on YouTube

    What a Wonderful World

    Adler, Alpert & Cooke; performed by Sam Cooke

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on YouTube

    Tennessee Waltz

    Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart; performed by Aireene Espiritu

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on YouTube

    On The Road Again

    Willie Nelson; performed by Willie Nelson

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on YouTube

    Five Hundred Miles

    Hedy West; performed by Peter, Paul, & Mary

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on YouTube

    Hard Times Come Again No More

    Stephen Foster; performed by Aireene Espiritu and the Little Village Foundation

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on YouTube

    Planting Rice

    Filipino Folk Song/Filipe de Leon; performed by The Sampaguitas

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on YouTube

    Down By The Riverside

    African American Spiritual (pre-1860); performed by Aireene Espiritu

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on Vimeo

    Circle Game

    Joni Mitchell; performed by Joni Mitchell

    Download the lyrics and chords

    Listen on YouTube