Happy New Year Sing Out Jam Out ("SOJO")

  • January 6, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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Our group continues to grow, so come join us for lots of good music and good times to come!  Again, a hearty thank you to all of you who helped SOJO get off the ground.  We're counting on your continued support so we can become the biggest and best interactive sing along and jam in the greater Tampa area - no, make that Florida! 

So check your inhibitions at the door and let's raise the roof together as we sing and play loud and proud! Is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Most important points:

1. RSVPs give us an idea of the best way to set up the room.  You can RSVP here:

http://www.meetup.com/tampabaysojo/events/85954382/ or the top right of our homepage.

2. Since we use the Rise Up Singing songbook as the basis for our sing/jam, you'll probably want to obtain a copy.  You can purchase them gently used and reasonably priced on eBay, half.com and amazon.com.  We will have new copies of the latest edition for sale at our cost of $15 (retail $23) at the next Meetup.  There may be a few to borrow as well (one time only please).

3.  Feel free to bring lyrics to hand out, preferably with chords, for songs not in Rise Up Singing.

4. We ask for a donation, from $3 to $5, or whatever you can afford, to help offset the expenses of our comfortable meeting space.  If you can't make a monetary donation but can contribute your enthusiastic voice or playing, we still want you to come.

5.  You might want to bring something to drink as singing is likely to make you thirsty.

We're a friendly group sharing our love of music, however it expresses through us, in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. COME CHECK US OUT!

Further details, if you like:

1.  SOJO is about singing and playing along to all kinds of music, especially folk. While the emphasis is on singing, your musical instrument is a welcome and valuable accompaniment to the chorus of voices. We warmly welcome harmonicas, mandolins, banjos, dulcimers, fiddles, basses, autoharps, and all acoustic stringed, wind and bellows instruments. Some instrumentalists sing along with us, some just play. All the rest join in the merriment with just their voices.  We even have a piano for anyone to use!

2.  We meet the first Sunday of every month from 1:30 to 4:00 just outside of downtown St. Petersburg (exact location shown only to SOJO members).

3.  See these links to get an even better idea of what we're about:

More about our format: http://www.meetup.com/tampabaysojo/about/

Even more about us: Go to "Read More About Us" in the top left of our website under the group picture.

Pictures of past SOJOs: http://www.meetup.com/folkSOJO/photos/

4. Feel free to take advantage of our very own Discussion Board, where you can talk about music, upcoming events or anything else you think might interest the group. Click on "Discussions" in the banner toward the top of any SOJO website page, then "Message Board." Or take this shortcut:

http://www.meetup.com/tampabaysojo/messages/boards/

5. We're also on Facebook! Here's the link: ttps://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/[masked]/

And as usual, we're at your service to answer any questions...or you can post them to our Message Board or Facebook group!

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  • Joanna P.

    Great to meet everyone and enjoy some great music!

    January 7, 2013

  • Rick

    Hi Hannah. We'd love to have you join us. Maybe you can introduce us to some British folk (I personally am quite fond of Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention). When you RSVP, just indicate that you're bringing a guest. No need for Andy to sign up, unless he wants to.

    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am a singer who accompanies self on guitar tho also someimes with melodeon or drum. I have a British heritage and live part of the year in Weymouth, Dorset (Thomas Hardy's "Budmouth") and we sing in folk clubs in England. Andy plays fiddle and melodeon and is half Cornish, half Scots, grew up in Plymouth. I was born in West Virginia ( love Appalachian music, old and new) of a family with British heritage in music and storytelling. I sing both British and American, he plays tunes of all sorts, sings British songs (some in dialect). We live in Venice during winters for health reasons. We will be coming together. Does he need to sign up separately?

    November 19, 2012

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