Graham Nash has noted that “when the Everly Brothers sang together, there was something in their voice that made two voices into one voice that created a sound that I don’t think is possible with unrelated singers.” This phenomenon is real, and at Voice Works this year – our annual gathering devoted to singing – we’ll have a chance to explore how people who were raised with the same accent, the same phrasing and intonation, the same genes, are capable of blending their voices like coffee and cream.
Registration is currently underway for the 2014 Voice Works gathering – held at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend June 25-29. Along with your singing brothers and sisters, you’ll learn to sing harmony, vintage country duets, classic jazz, swing, trios, Sacred Harp singing, Southern mountain music, Cajun, gospel, honky-tonk songs, bluegrass, and probably a heck of a lot more.
When we speak of Brothers and Sisters in song – we actually mean it literally this year. We’ve invited a bevy of siblings to the gathering:
- Rhiannon Giddens and Lalenja Harrington – Folks in the Centrum family will remember the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ visit to the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in 2007. We’re excited to welcome her back with her amazing sister Lalenja.
- The Cactus Blossoms – Page Burkum and Jack Torrey – These Minnesota-born brothers’ hand-in-glove harmonies mimic some of the giants of early country, groups like the Louvin Brothers and the Delmore Brothers, and even later on the Everly Brothers.
- Jere and Greg Canote – Musical duo Greg and Jere Canote sing in absolutely perfect harmony: Not only are they brothers, they’re identical twins. Their music is all about having a good time – they do, and you will, too.
and we’re also inviting the father/son combo of Tom and Patrick Sauber.
Joining the greater Voice Works family will be
It goes without saying, that we hope you will join the family too.