Program Details

All-Time Greatest Hits of American Folk Music

Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band
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Course Description

Join Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band for a completely unofficial countdown of the most beloved American folk songs of all time. You'll learn the fascinating stories behind songs you've probably known most of your life. And, of course, you're welcome to sing along, hootenanny-style. Music from colonial times through the folk music revival of the 1950s and '60s will be included. These are songs that have been handed down, generation after generation. We have the privilege of singing them today and the responsibility of passing them on to future generations. Songs include “Down in the Valley”, “Blowin' in the Wind”, “This Little Light”, “Blue Tail Fly”, and many more.

About the Instructor

  • With vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and bass fiddle, Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band connect people with music that is woven into the fabric of the United States. Raised on a variety of rock and pop music forms from the second half of the twentieth century, the band members followed the influences of their musical heroes back in time to unearth a treasure trove of American roots music. They perform and record these songs with respect for their essence and place in history while imbuing them with a vitality and intensity that betrays their rock and roll upbringing. The band is always a favorite at festivals, concert halls, corporate events, listening rooms, cultural/performing arts centers, private parties, house concerts, nightclubs, coffeehouses, and online events. The band features Sabatella on vocals, guitar, banjo, and mountain dulcimer; Jack Stamates on fiddle; Chris DeAngelis on bass fiddle and vocals; and Sean Edelson on mandolin, guitar, and vocals.