Sat, Dec 7th | 10:00 AM
In an effort to recreate and honor a tradition that was begun back in 1957, when Frank Hamilton would teach the same song to different levels of players, we proudly present The Songs of The Session.
Each session two songs are chosen, one from the songbook and one from the general repertoire. All classes are encouraged to learn these tunes and apply the skills they are working on at their individual levels.
As we start the second decade of the century, our songs of this session exhibit the diversity that is so much a part of the Old Town School experience. These songs are rich in tradition and there is simply no reason why they can't be approached by any of the instruments we teach here at The Old Town School.
We've had it in our songbook since the late 1950s. The song is named after a woman called Dink who the legendary ethnomusicologist, John Lomax recorded in Texas. It was included in the Anthology of American Folk Songs. The song made it's way into many a repertoire including that of Pete Seeger, Win Strake, Bob Dylan, Fred Neil, Joan Baez, Jeff Buckley, and more. Here in the 21st century it shows up as one of the key songs in the latest Coen Brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis performed by Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac.
The song is a staple here in our Wiggleworms program, but it comes from the music of Sister Rosseta Tharpe, a musical pioneer of the 20th century. Tharpe was a wicked guitar player who spent her young adult life here in Chicago. Her recording career began in the late 1930s and continued until her passing in 1973. She has been called the Godmother of Rock & Roll having influenced Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis (who performed the song), and Aretha Franklin to name a few. Raise your head and sing out this infectious number!