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“Papa’s On The Housetop” (1930)

“Papa’s On The Housetop” (1930)

  • School of Music workshop

In this class we will learn Leroy Carr’s popular “rent party-style” song “Papa’s On The Housetop” in B major, no capo (good range for male voices.  Female voices will use a capo.)  The focus of this class will be left and right hand skills used to play in the key of B.  Hand-outs will include lyrics and possibly some tablature.  Pianist and songwriter Leroy Carr and his music partner, guitarist Scrapper Blackwell, lived in Indianapolis in the ‘20s and ‘30s and performed regularly in Chicago.  Their recordings pre-dated Robert Johnson’s by ten years and were influential up and down the East Coast and into the South.  Time and circumstances permitting, we may also address issues of interest to class members.

This workshop will run from 3:00-4:30pm.

Watch Geoff play here!

Geoff Bartley

Geoff Bartley (1948 – ?) is a folk-blues guitar player singer-songwriter and recording artist. His last two CDs, 2009’s “Put the Big Stone Down” and 2011’s “Mercy for the Dispossessed”, were promoted by Kari Estrin Management in Nashville and went to No. 1 on folk radio. In the 1980s, Geoff won four guitars at the National Fingerpicking Champion-ships in Winfield, Kansas. Some of his songs and co-writes have been recorded by other artists in New England, Canada, Ireland, and Nashville, and some are included in the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine collection in Washington, D.C. A new CD called “Particles of Light” will become available in late summer 2014. Since 1994 Geoff has played guitar and sung harmony for folk treasure Tom Paxton. Geoff was also instrumental in bringing the HD-40LSH Tom Paxton Signature Model Martin guitar into production in 2004. In 2007, Geoff’s song A Letter from Prison about Nelson Mandela was recorded by the progressive bluegrass band, The Infamous Stringdusters, on their CD “Fork in the Road” on Sugar Hill. Subsequently, that recording was used in the independent 2008 Lionsgate film “The Lucky Ones”. Before his main stage appearance at the 2009 Boston Folk Festival, the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association awarded Geoff its Jerry Christen Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. Geoff presents two nights of acoustic music every week at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both nights have been voted Best of Boston. In further recognition, the Cambridge Mayor’s Office in conjunction with the Boston Bluegrass Union proclaimed February 13, 2004 to be Geoff Bartley Day. Songs and instrumentals he has written have been used on the History Channel, Animal Planet, the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, NOVA and Nature on PBS and other cable networks, in private and commercial films and documentaries, and in private and commercial advertising in the US and other countries. Geoff endorses and plays Elixir strings. The folk press has called him a world-class guitarist, a brilliant songwriter and the prophet and spiritual godfather of the Boston folk scene.

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