Join us for an online folk singing workshop and chat with celebrated musician Ida Mae Specker. No experience is necessary, all ages welcome. This workshop is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
As a solo performer, Ida Mae fuses original, contemporary, and traditional material, bringing heartfelt new life and relevance to the chain of American folk music. Her EP of original music, ‘Billy in the Heartland,’ was released in December 2019. During the winter of 2020-2021, Ida Mae guest-hosted Vermont Public Radio’s folk and world music show “All The Traditions,” which she recorded from her home. In December 2021, Ida Mae was awarded a grant from the Vermont Arts Council to record live in-studio performance videos highlighting her solo work. Ida Mae is currently in the process of recording a new EP of original music and traditional folk songs to be released in Spring 2022. In addition to performing her original material as a solo performer or with a full band, she is a member of traditional old-time string bands Terrible Mountain Stringband and The Speckers (fiddle, vocals), and is a member of the all-female, folk-punk trio The Break Maids (drums, fiddle, vocals).
Ida Mae loves being a part of the blossoming local music scene in Vermont and is always pursuing new opportunities to collaborate and develop as an artist.