SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
Nowell Sing We Clear A Pageant of Mid-Winter Carols
at St. John’s Lutheran Church,
140 Maple Ave in Altamont, NY
Tickets: $20/adults; $5/children 12 & under
This will be the 40th and final season of Nowell Sing We Clear with its unusual songs, carols, stories and customs. Drawn mostly from English language folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, the songs tell both a version of the events and characters involved in the Christmas story and detail the customs that make up the twelve magical days following the return of the light at the Winter Solstice. Many of these ancient customs are the basis of today’s holiday traditions. A special and unusual treat is the enactment of a Mummer’s play from Kentucky, a madcap tale of death and rebirth done in street theater style and featuring characters such as Pickled Herring, Father Christmas and a hobby horse-riding doctor of questionable expertise.
While much of the singing is done in unaccompanied style, the pageant is also stamped with the energetic dance band sound of fiddle, button accordion, electric piano, drums and concertina. The audience, supplied with song sheets, is encouraged to sing along on many of the carols and, indeed, this annual performance for Old Songs is especially noted for the robust participation of its audience. Performers are John Roberts and Tony Barrand, widely known for their lively presentations of English folk songs, and Fred Breunig and Andy Davis, well known in New England as dance callers and musicians.
Photos from the 2013 Old Songs Festival! Photos by Bill Spence
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Old Songs Mission
SONGS, INC., centered in the New York State Capital Region,
is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping TRADITIONAL
MUSIC & DANCE alive through
the presentation of festivals, concerts, dances and educational
Teumim Vice-President: Debra Burger Secretary: David Toledano Treasurer: John
Ozard Members: Debra
Burger, Chris Colarusso, Stephen Fry, Barry Ginsberg, Nancy Holroyd, Jack
Long, MaryAnn Morrison, John Roberts, George Robinson,
The Board of Directors has vacancies from time to time.
Please let us know if you are interested. (see contact info below)
Songs' 2003 purchase of a new home for its operations at
37 S Main St. in Voorheesville, NY was made possible
by a loan from the Capital
District Community Loan Fund (CDCLF), a non-profit
federally certified community development financial institution
serving the Capital Region of New York State.