Rise Up Singing | Peterborough

The Meeting School in Rindge, NH, presents Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, creators of the world-renowned sing-along book, Rise Up Singing, Friday March 25, 7 PM at the Unitarian Church, 25 Main Street, Peterborough, NH.

During concerts and workshops in the past, Annie and Peter have filled rooms to overflowing with spirited song and rousing harmony.

The book Rise Up Singing, published originally in 1988, has sold over half a million copies. The book is a mainstay in folk circles through out the country, encompassing an eclectic mix of songs from Broadway to Beatles, from camp songs to carols, and from gospel to rounds. . It includes words, chords and sources for 1200 songs. Editorial assistants included Ed, Kate and Ada Kerman of Phoenix Farm in Marlborough, NH Annie Patterson has recorded the tunes and beginnings to all the songs so that they can be learned by anyone. She has also recorded a CD of some of her favorite ballads, folk songs and original compositions, “Meet Me by the Moonlight,” as well as two previous recordings.

Pete Seeger, the nation’s foremost singalong champion for over 50 years has been a major fan of the Blood-Pattersons and their book. “The publication of Rise Up Singing,” Seeger stated, “ was a landmark in the history of music in this country … I waited a long time for a songbook like this one to come along and catch fire!” Seeger provided support and assistance when the book was originally developed and played a central role in work on its forthcoming sequel. Blood, in turn, was the editor for Seeger’s musical autobiography, Where Have All the Flowers Gone: A Musical Autobiography.

Following in Seeger’s footsteps, the Blood-Pattersons have a deft ability to get an audience singing their hearts out, even supposed non-singers dragged along by spouses or those who “only came to listen.” They have led hundreds of concerts in all kinds of settings -folk clubs and festivals, schools and camps, political rallies and churches.

Copies of Rise Up Singing will be available for use by the audience during the concert. A wide variety of songbooks and folk recording will be available for sale at the performance.

The concert will take place Friday, March 25 at 7 PM in the Unitarian Church, 25 Main Street, Peterborough, NH. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Toadstool Books in Keene, Peterborough and Milford, at Steele’s in Peterborough and The Meeting School. FMI 603-899-3366.