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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!)
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 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.