Feb 022014
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, February 9, 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.

Nov 122013
 

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.

Aug 302013
 

Keene World Harmony

Unitarian Church Parish Hall (KUUC), 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH.
Wednesday evenings 7 – 9 pm; Eleven weeks total: Sept. 4th through Nov. 13th with a concert Nov. 20th, fee; financial aid available
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Sept. 4th through Nov. 13th, 2013 Wednesday evenings, 7-9 pm; Keene World Harmony Chorus;
Participants learn to sing traditional songs from the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Quebec, North America and more; no previous experience or music-reading ability required. Unitarian Church Parish Hall (KUUC), 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH.
For information, please contact: 802-451-0425 or mahoney.rowan@gmail.com
www.windbornesingers.com

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Keene World Harmony Chorus welcomes new singers.

Wednesday night Keene World Harmony Chorus
A world harmony teen and adult community chorus for men and women led by Lynn Mahoney Rowan and Will Thomas Rowan is offered on Wednesday nights at 7 – 9pm, starting up on September 4, 2013 in Keene, NH. Participants learn to sing traditional songs from South Africa, Bulgaria, Caucasus Georgia, Quebec, Corsica, American folk and more; no previous experience or music-reading ability required. The chorus is held at the Keene Unitarian Church (KUUC) on Washington Street. First rehearsal is a free party with songs previewed and some singing.

Lynn and Will Rowan are veteran workshop leaders with Northern Harmony and Renewal choruses, choral leaders for Village Harmony and Revels North, and members of the award-winning Windborne. They have traveled the world collecting songs. Lynn and Will have an energetic, easy-going teaching style and like to “sing our hearts out for the sheer joy of it.” They teach not only the notes, but also new ways of using one’s voice and tell stories of all the places of origin of the songs. Windborne has been accepted as a quartet and will be hired to be American Music Ambassadors Abroad in the first part of 2014. They are available for performances as a duo with Windborne and with an early music trio, Maythorn.

 

 

 

 

Aug 292013
 

“John Barleycorn Must Die—Songs to Bring the Harvest Home” Tony Barrand with Paul Eric Smith; Mariposa Museum, Peterborough

 On Saturday, September 7th at 7pm the Mariposa Museum will host acclaimed interpreter of English and American ballads and songs, Dr. Tony Barrand performing “John Barleycorn Must Die—Songs to Bring the Harvest Home.” He will be accompanied by premier accordionist, Dr. Paul Eric Smith.

The WHEAT is like a rich man, he’s sleek and well-to-do

The OATS are like a pack of girls, they’re thin and dancing too

The RYE is like a miser, he’s sulky lean and small

But the ripe and bearded BARLEY is monarch of them all

Why is Barley the monarch of all the grains? Because it’s the key ingredient of home-brewed ale.  Would you like to know how bread is made? Bread is made of wheat, (and also oats and rye) after the grains are ground “betwixt two stones” at the mill into flour. Bread and Beer were and still are the staples of the country diet. Personified as the rich man, the dancing girls, the miser and the King, the grains — that die in the fall as they are cut down each harvest and then are reborn after planting in the spring — have inspired countless songs about the common effort to “bring the Harvest Home”.

Many of the songs Tony and Paul Eric will sing have choruses that will be taught to the audience. Everyone will be encouraged to join in the singing with words provided in a special program.

Dr. Tony Barrand, widely acclaimed interpreter of English and American ballads and songs, is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology from Boston University, where he taught the folklore of dance and song and seasonal customs. He is probably better known, however, as part of the singing team John Roberts and Tony Barrand who have delighted audiences across the USA for almost three decades with their “a capella” duets of English folk bawdry and balladry, morris and clog dancing, monologs and storytelling and perhaps best known locally for the popular annual Christmas pageant, “Nowell Sing We Clear”  More recently he biggest music project, in a collaboration with his neighbors with Keith Murphy and Beck Tracy, is a set of Vermont songs collected by Margaret MacArthur in the 1970s and by Edith Sturgis in 1919.

His collection of films and videos of Morris, sword and clog dancing was recently acquired by the Archive of American Folk Culture at the Library of Congress.

Admission to the Tony Barrand concert: Adult $12, Member $10.

The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.

Aug 072013
 

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!

Jul 302013
 

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.

Jul 082013
 

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.

Jul 082013
 

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.

Jul 082013
 

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.