Keene World Harmony Chorus Concert

Rousing South African choral music, traditional American folksongs, Bulgarian harmonies, the toe-tapping call and response songs of Quebec, and a haunting ritual song from Lithuania will all be part of a concert by the Keene World Harmony Chorus, on November 20, 2013, at 7:30 PM, at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall, 69 Washington Street, in Keene.

The World Harmony Chorus is a multi-age choir who loves unaccompanied singing, and particularly the chance to sing traditional folksongs from around the world. The chorus was started three years ago, as a class led by Will Thomas Rowan and Lynn Mahoney Rowan of Marlboro, Vermont. The Rowans are accomplished singers and teachers, having toured with the world-famous youth chorus Village Harmony; and are currently among that group’s teachers. They have studied with Petrana Kucheva of Bulgaria, and Malkhaz Erkvanidae of the Republic of Georgia, and have been invited, with their quartet Windborne on a State Department goodwill tour of Angola, Turkemenistan, and Kyrgyzstan this winter.

Members of the chorus live in and around the Monadnock region and southern Vermont. Singers represent Keene, Francestown, Harrisville, Rindge, and many other towns. All are amateurs, drawn together by their love of singing. The concert is free, appropriate for all ages, and will be followed by light refreshments.

Bringing Songs to Life: A workshop with Jeff Davis, Sally Rogers, and Howie Bursen

Bringing Songs to Life: A workshop with Jeff Davis, Sally Rogers, and Howie Bursen

Saturday, November 9th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall, 7 Nelson Common Road, Nelson NH 03457

$25 in advance, $30 at the door, send email to sally@sallyrogers.com to register.

This participatory workshop is for anyone who loves traditional songs and singing styles and who would like to learn more about song origins and ways to use your voice and instrumental accompaniments to bring out the story of the song. Songs will be shared for group singing. Solo and harmony arrangements of songs will be demonstrated and discussed as well.

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has traveled far to visit “source singers”–farmers and miners who remembered the old songs and tunes–and closer at hand to libraries and archives, always look for the best of the music that was once common in out towns and villages. Sally Rogers is known for her clear, sweet voice and her fine interpretations of both traditional and contemporary songs. Howie Bursen is best known for his amazing banjo wizardry, but is also a fine interpreter of traditional ballads, blues and old-time songs. These three together bring different perspectives to the art of singing traditional songs.

Tune up your vocal chords and join these three respected and well-loved singers for an afternoon of singing to ring in the rafters!

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

The next sing will take place on Sunday, September 8, 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

The next sing will take place on Sunday, August 11, 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

The next sing will take place on Sunday, July 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

The next sing will take place on Thursday, September 5, at 7 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Red Heart the Ticker | Nelson Town Hall

IMG_4654The Monadnock Folklore Society is excited to bring Red Heart the Ticker to our side of the river for a concert on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 PM in the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $12/$9(Sr/Jr)

RED HEART THE TICKER is Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons, a husband and wife duo from Marlboro, VT. Red Heart the Ticker was conceived in 2005 while the couple were living in New York City and Philadelphia, as a musical remembrance and ode to the woods of Vermont and the small cabin they had built there. The cabin had no electricity and running water and was made of salvaged windows; Red Heart’s sound was inspired by that cabin and those woods: acoustic, dimly lit, intimate, warmed by the fire, haunted by the ghosts who had lived there before and occasionally electrified by longing and cabin fever and the passionate sparks of young love.
Since those days, Red Heart the Ticker has moved back to that cabin (turning it into a house with electricity and water), recorded three albums, toured nationally, performed on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, received a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and birthed two children. They are always writing more songs and wiling away the hours in the barn-attic studio in order to bring them to you and to the light.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

The next sing will take place on Thursday, June 6, at 7 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

The next sing will take place on Sunday, May 12, 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

The next sing will take place on Thursday, May 2, from 7 pm to 8:30 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.