Woody Guthrie Songwriting Workshop Begins Dec. 13

Michael Eck leads course on folk process

Woody Guthrie described himself as “the biggest song stealer that ever was.” In the Beacon Music Factory’s workshop “Songwriting With Woody Guthrie,” participants will look at Guthrie’s methods and sources, his philosophy of songwriting and his manipulation of the folk process. They will also sing a bunch of Woody’s favorites, so participants are encouraged to bring their voices, ukuleles or whatever they’ve got — in tune or not!

Instructor Michael Eck is a songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist who has performed with artists ranging from Pete Seeger to Patti Smith. He is currently curator and host of WAMC’s American Roots Series. He has performed and consulted on Woody Guthrie–related programs for Caffe Lena, Heritage Folk Music, Beacon Institute, the Linda, the Dance Flurry, Capital Repertory Theatre and others.

The workshop takes place Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. and is for ages 13 and up. The class fee is $25. Register online at beaconmusicfactory.com or by phone at 845-765-0472. Refreshments will be served. The Beacon Music Factory is now in a new location at 629 Route 52 in Beacon.

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