Songwriting Workshop with Joe Crookston (workshop)
The Art of Songwriting (That Isn’t Self-Absorbed Nonsense)

Songwriting Workshop with Joe Crookston (workshop)

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Songwriting Workshop with Joe Crookston: The Art of Songwriting (That Isn’t Self-Absorbed Nonsense)

The Art of Songwriting (That Isn’t Self-Absorbed Nonsense)

Joe Crookston has made his living for 20 years writing and singing songs. He was given a Rockefeller Songwriting grant and was awarded Album of the Year from Folk Alliance International. Based and rooted in traditional music, his songs are specific AND Universal. In this workshop we will write. You will journal and develop a song. We will explore imagery, nouns, subconscious association, metaphor and most of all, lyrical honesty. “Get to the point”. “Not a word wasted”. Songs come from you but they should be about ALL of US. This workshop will be a personal and musical exploration as we discover the John Prine, Towns Van Zandt and Gillian Welch inside you.

Bring instruments & notebooks.

Workshop (5/5): $35 ($30 for members of The Warming House)

Concert (the following night 5/6): $20

Package (workshop 5/5 & concert 5/6): $50

Joe Crookston

Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to I Book Shows along with David Francey and Irish Mythen. His songs are being made into films. He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics.   He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist.  His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.


Come to a show. Mystical, historical, and humorous roads. Lyrical cinematography.  Short 4:00 films. Visual, artful and human. Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.


“The Long Note” is a phrase in Irish culture. “The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite. Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in.  It happens every time.  Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

He lives in Ithaca NY, and tours regularly in the US, Ireland and Canada.

Venue Information:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409