Thursday, May 18, 2023

Songwriting Workshop with Celia Woodsmith

Celia Woodsmith

About Songwriting Workshop with Celia Woodsmith

Musicians and Songwriter’s of all levels and experience, join GRAMMY Nominated performer, vocalist, percussionist, and songwriter, Celia Woodsmith at Fruitlands Museum for an afternoon songwriting workshop.

Celia Woodsmith is a GRAMMY Nominated performer, vocalist, percussionist, and songwriter. With a style that can be described as “one of a kind: gritty, muscular, folksy and intimate sometimes all at once” (Bluegrass Situation) she has been a fixture of the New England Roots Music scene since 2005.

For the last 12 years, Woodsmith has predominantly performed with the Americana string band, Della Mae. In 2014 Della Mae was nominated for a Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY for their record “This World Oft Can Be”. Their 2020 album “Headlight” has been described as “…powerful writing, soaring vocals, and moving musical unity — challenge us, energize us, and touch us as they light the way. This is an album on which you can feel the emotions of the group in each song as they evoke anger, sadness, hopelessness, and joy”. (No Depression)

The all-female Della Mae has performed in 19 countries with the US Department of State’s cultural diplomacy program “American Music Abroad”. Woodsmith spoke about her experiences with travel and music at TEDx Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, NH in a talk called “A Soft Drink and a Song in the Hills of Pakistan”.

In 2016 Woodsmith took a hiatus from touring to write, listen, and reflect about her years on the road. During that time she wrote, reflected and bicycled 2,000 miles from Geneva, Switzerland to Vlorë, Albania. Post hiatus, she released her solo record “Cast Iron Shoes”. The all original album combines raw, roots-rock with heart-searing songs like “Sicily” which paint a solemn picture of the global refugee crisis. When not on the road with Della Mae Woodsmith performs with roots-rock band Say Darling and with them has released two albums of original music.

Please note, space is limited and pre-registration required.

The evening after the workshop at 6:30pm, Celia will also be performing as part of Fruitlands Spring Concert Series. Workshop participants are eligible for discounted tickets to the evening performance. Discount code information will be shared with workshop participants via email. Any Questions? Reach out to Catherine at for more information.

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