Ralph Page History Event | Marlborough NH

Marlborough Community House, 4-5 pm.

Adam Boyce portrays author, historian, folklorist, and dance teacher,
“The Singing Caller,” Ralph Page (1903-1985), who was born in
Munsonville, NH and lived in Keene for many years. This is the debut
performance of this presentation, which is sponsored by the NH
Humanities To Go, the Marlborough Historical Society and the Frost
Free Library.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem Concert | Brattleboro

CONCERT: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, in collaboration with the Hallowell Hospice Choir
WHEN:  7:30 PM  – Friday, Nov. 9
WHERE: First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. in Brattleboro VT
TICKETS:  $15 in advance and for seniors / $18 at the door
Tickets available on line at brattleborotix.com
or in person at Everyone’s Books, 23 Elliot St,  Brattleboro VT
or World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St., Greenfield MA
Music invites us to dance, to cry, to hum and sing, to remember our own story and hear the stories of others. It brings us together, opens us up and heals. New England’s “most inventive string band” (Boston Herald), Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, has been stirring hearts for 12 years now; their shows are mini “agnostic gospel revivals” in which big questions are asked, few are answered, much harmony is sung, and a joyful string band is let loose to dispense its good medicine. For this show, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem team up with Brattleboro’s Hallowell Hospice Choir, which takes the medicine of music right to the bedsides of patients and families journeying towards death. Hallowell will open with a set of music they might bring to a bedside sing; they will join Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem on several songs, including Arbo’s setting of Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar.”  Come hear this wonderful collaboration of musical forces, a concert both groups have been looking forward to doing together for some time.

Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

We are starting a new Sacred Harp Singing, a form of shapenote singing, in Nelson.  Sacred Harp is an older form of choral singing which originated in New England in the 18th century and is enjoying a resurgence among those interested in folk forms, sacred music and/or just the sheer joy of singing with a group.  It is not “performance” music and it is sung as a group, unaccompanied by any instrument.  More information and examples may be found at the website www.fasola.org or on YouTube (look for sacred harp).

The first sing will take place on Sunday, October 14, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Nelson Congregational Church.  NO experience is necessary.  If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try.  We will have several extra books to lend for the session.  If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too.  If you have any questions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.