Cornpones

 

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In January 2004, Katie Angermeyer placed an ad in the Coast Reporter that started the Cornpones.

Autoharps, banjos, guitars, dulcimers, and mandolins came out of the closet to create, with fiddles, that distinctive Appalachian sound. Now the Cornpones draw from Celtic, Canadian, American traditions, plus a bit of country, 40’s, and even rock n roll. They have lots of fun singing in beautiful harmony, playing tight arrangements, jamming un-arranged, using microphones and performing. But, most important, they like creating music so that young and old dance.   Most of the Cornpones have fond memories of Saturday night country dances and sitting around campfires or in kitchens singing and playing with family and friends.   Todays Cornpones want to inspire more of this for ourselves and the community.

Katie Angermeyer has been a Suzuki violin teacher in Sechelt since 1985, and in 2003-4, she had a small group of very keen adult students who were in Book 1 and liked fiddling.   Some progressed to Book 5 and still liked fiddling.   Katie learned to fiddle and cook in Virginia and Kentucky and wanted to share the fun of Appalachian culture. They don’t have to eat their beans every week, but often do share yummy food, including Sharon’s apple pie.

Contact   Katie Angermeyer [day] 604-885-2969

Email angermeyerkatie@gmail.com

Previous Performances

  •  Several potlucks and family dances at Cooper’s Green.
  • Kiwanis Village Care Home 2005
  • Dance music for old time family dance at Kinnickinnic School 2004
  • Private barn dance (at a real barn raising), Middlepoint 2004
  • Wood Duck Festival, Ruby Lake, May 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Relay for Life, Roberts Creek, May 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Hip Hip Hooray (orthopedic surgery fundraiser) Dougall Park, Gibsons May 2005, 2006
  • Memorial service for Kleindale patriarch, Norman Klein {1912-2006}, Pender Harbour Legion 2006
  • Robbie Burns Supper, Sechelt Seniors Centre, January 2006
  • Egmont Day June 2006 – 2015
  • Halfmoon Bay Country Fair July 2005 – 2015
  • New Year’s Lunch, Sechelt Seniors Centre, December 31 2007
  • May Day open stage, Pender Harbour, May 2008 – 2011 and Lion’s Pancake Breakfast 2015
  • First place marching band in Pender Harbour May Day Parade 2008, 2010, 2011
  • Music in the Landing, Gibsons, August 2008 – 2015
  • Old Time Dances, Davis Bay, September & November 2008, Feb 2009, Apr 2010; Harmony Hall, Gibsons Jun 2010, Waldorf School Oct 2011
  • Second place float in Pender Harbour May Day Parade 2009
  • First place float in Sechelt Canada Day Parade 2009, 2011, 2013
  • First music ever performed at the Spirit Square in Sechelt 2009
  • St. Mary’s Hospital old fashioned picnic kick-off June 2010
  • Egmont Heritage Centre, Beer Garden fund raiser July, Aug, Sep 2010
  • Sechelt Arts Festival, Aug 2010 and 2014, Hackett Park, and Cowrie St. sidewalk art.
  • Sechelt Night Market, Aug 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Sechelt Botanical Garden Society Sep 2009, 2010
  • Halfmoon Bay Apple Festival, October 2009-2015
  • Robbie Burns Supper, Greencourt, January 2015
  • St. Patrick’s Day Supper, Greencourt, March 2015

Musicians may be any or all of the following:

  •  Katie Angermeyer, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, guitar, autoharp, hammered dulcimer, vocals
  • Helen Blank, fiddle, accordion, whistle vocals
  • Carol Brown, ukulele, vocals
  • Alex Buchanan, fiddle, bagpipes, whistle, ululele, vocals
  • John Farrer, bouzouki, mandola, viola, duck call, train whistle
  • Len Johnson, fiddle, ukulele, vocals
  • Richard Lund, ukulele, vocals
  • Cathy McLean, fiddle, vocals
  • Sue Prentice, mandolin, fiddle, vocals
  • Katie Stuart, fiddle, guitar, whistle, ukulele, frog, vocals
  • Rozanne Thomson, fiddle, vocals

MembershipFull membership $100 x 3 payments September January and April or $270 for the year.    Membership entitles you to join in something more than friends getting together to play music… it is learning new skills in ensemble work, use of sound systems, voice, improving technique on instruments, maybe trying out a different instrument, percussion, reading and writing music, theory, etc. Sometimes clinicians will be brought in for special work on a particular instrument or voice, with costs shared by attendees.