☼ ☼ ☼ John Roberts & Debra Cowan | Nelson Town Hall

RobertsCowan_promo_4c-500x385We’re excited to bring John Roberts back to the Nelson Town Hall for a concert with Debra Cowan on Saturday, April 27.  The show gets underway at 8:00 PM. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

It all started with a question in 2009: “How are you getting to Chicago?”

And with that, folk musicians John Roberts and Debra Cowan decided to team up for a series of small concerts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois before arriving as separately booked artists at the Fox Valley Folklore Society’s annual festival. The combination of car-pool and mini-tour was successful enough that John and Debra decided to do more performing together both in the USA and the United Kingdom.

John and Debra met for the first time at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 1999 where John and his long-time musical partner, Tony Barrand were performing a concert of Maritime Songs. Afterwards, they continued to meet at various folk music events in New England and became friends, often appearing on stage together at New England folk festivals.

John and Debra both share an enthusiasm and passion for the old songs and ballads that have been handed down through the oral tradition in the English-speaking world. Even though a John Roberts and Debra Cowan evening will certainly include many traditional songs, there will be contemporary songs as well, some by writers personally known to both performers. Be prepared to join in and sing along!

“a brilliant evening, and they complement each other beautifully!”

– Audience member in Cleveland, OH

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

The next sing will take place on Thursday, April 4, 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.

Note that there will be no Nelson Sing on Sunday, March 10th. We encourage Shape Noters to instead attend the Western Massachusetts Convention: http://www.wmshc.org/convention.html

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

The next sing will take place on Thursday, March 7, 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

The next sing will take place on Thursday, February 7, 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Singing | Nelson Congregational Church

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 next sing will take place on Sunday, April 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

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 next sing will take place on Sunday, February 10th, 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

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 next sing will take place on Sunday, January 13th, 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

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 third sing will take place on Sunday, Sunday, December 9th, 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

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 second sing will take place on Sunday, Sunday, November 11th, 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

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.