Sara Banleigh is creating Music
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Brooklyn-born folk singer, played Chopin as a kid, but grew up listening to Hank Williams. Now I create piano-based arrangements of old folk tunes, go figure.

I have a love affair with English Country Dance music. It's what I'm usually tinkering around with for practice, for relaxation, for curiosity, or for an apres-meal digestive.

I write my own folk and country songs. I've been told they sound like old, classic folk and country songs. That's cool.

Songs are wishes, songs are dreams, songs are like human beings. When I share songs of any kind with others, I am sharing deep and meaningful parts of myself. Some of those parts are beautiful, and some are rather dreadful. I am a flawed human being, but in my darkest times, I also see hope for something better.

A very dear friend once said to me, "Sara, I know you can be happy." Glossy curtains of tears, I looked at her. I felt like nothingness.

At times, folk music was the only thing I could sing and play; it was the only thing I could listen to - raw acoustic folk made with living instruments and singers who told stories. I became immersed in folk music for selfish reasons. The old folk songs told my story better than I knew how. The muck at the bottom of the well, the dead leaves clogging the stream - folk music was the only thing that could open my throat and help me get the muck out.

An emetic.

Every clever lyric, every strong musical phrase was medicine, and I wanted to eat it all.

I am still waiting to see if the words of the prophetess come true. In the meantime, I do see that the sands have shifted a bit. And, I do believe that the old folk songs, and the new ones that are coming out of me, are part of what appears to be a journey. So that now, I feel less like nothingness. That is to say I am more than nothingness. That is to say, more.

Folk music is the golden bough to which we return time and again, through millennia. Every folk singer, bard, and instrumentalist is a storyteller who hands us life, death, resurrection, redemption, and peace. Without stories, we are nothing.

Thank you for listening.
Tiers
Friends
$1 or more per month
Thank you for donating to support me and my music!
A little extra
$2 or more per month
Thank you for donating to support me and my music! More than $1, but less than $5, it's got its own sweet spot.
Traditional Folk Fans
$5 or more per month
Receive a signed copy of my first album, The Folk EP, shipped at no cost to your door.  Ships globally. There are only 50 hard copies left of this album, available with two different cover photos. The album is a collection of Irish, English, and Scottish folk songs that I've arranged especially for piano and vocals. My arrangement for "Railroad Boy" on this album won an award from Sing Out! magazine in 2011!
Poster child
$10 or more per month
I have some lovely concert posters and portrait posters, printed from two different photoshoots. Patrons supporting me at this tier will get 2 signed posters a year shipped directly to their door, locally or globally! These ship directly in protective casing, and I absorb all the shipping and packaging costs. Let me know if you'd like me to surprise you with my poster choices, or if you'd like posters of specific still shots, selected from the gallery on my website. 
Piano Days
$30 or more per month
Private instructional video on folk techniques for piano. Is it possible to translate a guitar-based song onto keys? It's challenging, but yes, it can be done! The action and resonance of each instrument is different, which affects how string-based music translates for piano, but I can show you a few ways I've been successful in translating guitar-based accompaniment to the keyboard. I presented a workshop of these very techniques at the 2017 New England Folk Festival in Mansfield, MA!
Music Study
$100 or more per month
Patrons at this tier will receive a monthly private lesson in voice, piano, songwriting, or applied music theory, one of my favorite musical subjects! If you are in the NYC area, we will meet at my studio for an in-person lesson. If you live outside the NYC-area, we can do Skype lessons. I enjoy teaching, and I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. Music lessons also make a wonderful gift.
Goals
1 of 1000 patrons
I envision the artist's journey to be one of private introspection interlaced with community sharing and involvement. Music is the life-blood of cultures. Songs allow the musician to tell their own personal story, while allowing the listener to reflect on their own struggles and joys. The videos and musings I post to Patreon are meant to be enjoyed, read, listened to, watched, reflected on, and interacted with. If you like anything I've posted here or anywhere online, consider becoming a patron for only $1 per month. These little drops of water are life-giving and add up to an ocean of support. Small amounts per month, donated by fans, friends, and supporters from across the globe, allow me to continue to write, post, perform, and interact with the world as a musician. I am deeply grateful for your support, and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for believing in me!
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Brooklyn-born folk singer, played Chopin as a kid, but grew up listening to Hank Williams. Now I create piano-based arrangements of old folk tunes, go figure.

I have a love affair with English Country Dance music. It's what I'm usually tinkering around with for practice, for relaxation, for curiosity, or for an apres-meal digestive.

I write my own folk and country songs. I've been told they sound like old, classic folk and country songs. That's cool.

Songs are wishes, songs are dreams, songs are like human beings. When I share songs of any kind with others, I am sharing deep and meaningful parts of myself. Some of those parts are beautiful, and some are rather dreadful. I am a flawed human being, but in my darkest times, I also see hope for something better.

A very dear friend once said to me, "Sara, I know you can be happy." Glossy curtains of tears, I looked at her. I felt like nothingness.

At times, folk music was the only thing I could sing and play; it was the only thing I could listen to - raw acoustic folk made with living instruments and singers who told stories. I became immersed in folk music for selfish reasons. The old folk songs told my story better than I knew how. The muck at the bottom of the well, the dead leaves clogging the stream - folk music was the only thing that could open my throat and help me get the muck out.

An emetic.

Every clever lyric, every strong musical phrase was medicine, and I wanted to eat it all.

I am still waiting to see if the words of the prophetess come true. In the meantime, I do see that the sands have shifted a bit. And, I do believe that the old folk songs, and the new ones that are coming out of me, are part of what appears to be a journey. So that now, I feel less like nothingness. That is to say I am more than nothingness. That is to say, more.

Folk music is the golden bough to which we return time and again, through millennia. Every folk singer, bard, and instrumentalist is a storyteller who hands us life, death, resurrection, redemption, and peace. Without stories, we are nothing.

Thank you for listening.

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Tiers
Friends
$1 or more per month
Thank you for donating to support me and my music!
A little extra
$2 or more per month
Thank you for donating to support me and my music! More than $1, but less than $5, it's got its own sweet spot.
Traditional Folk Fans
$5 or more per month
Receive a signed copy of my first album, The Folk EP, shipped at no cost to your door.  Ships globally. There are only 50 hard copies left of this album, available with two different cover photos. The album is a collection of Irish, English, and Scottish folk songs that I've arranged especially for piano and vocals. My arrangement for "Railroad Boy" on this album won an award from Sing Out! magazine in 2011!
Poster child
$10 or more per month
I have some lovely concert posters and portrait posters, printed from two different photoshoots. Patrons supporting me at this tier will get 2 signed posters a year shipped directly to their door, locally or globally! These ship directly in protective casing, and I absorb all the shipping and packaging costs. Let me know if you'd like me to surprise you with my poster choices, or if you'd like posters of specific still shots, selected from the gallery on my website. 
Piano Days
$30 or more per month
Private instructional video on folk techniques for piano. Is it possible to translate a guitar-based song onto keys? It's challenging, but yes, it can be done! The action and resonance of each instrument is different, which affects how string-based music translates for piano, but I can show you a few ways I've been successful in translating guitar-based accompaniment to the keyboard. I presented a workshop of these very techniques at the 2017 New England Folk Festival in Mansfield, MA!
Music Study
$100 or more per month
Patrons at this tier will receive a monthly private lesson in voice, piano, songwriting, or applied music theory, one of my favorite musical subjects! If you are in the NYC area, we will meet at my studio for an in-person lesson. If you live outside the NYC-area, we can do Skype lessons. I enjoy teaching, and I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. Music lessons also make a wonderful gift.