Holiday Sings for Adults and Kids this Weekend

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:53 am
Christopher A. Wardell

If you’ve been feeling a little bit like the Grinch, or a little bit bah-humbug this holiday season, perhaps a holiday gathering featuring a sing-along is just what you need?

Thanks to the Ten Pound Fiddle and Fiddle Scouts, you can do just that this weekend. Friday December 7, the Ten Pound will host their annual Holiday Sing at the MSU Community Music School. The sing will be led by the Fiddle’s Booking Agent, Sally Potter, with special guests Jamie-Sue Seal, Susan O’Rourke, Doug Berch, poet Ruelaine Stokes, and Doug Austin on piano.

The event is set to start at 7:30 PM and tickets are $20 for the public, $18 for Fiddle Members, and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the box office starting at 6:30 PM.

“The Holiday Sing started (the year after the Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival started) in 2004.” Potter said. “People had so much fun singing at the singing festival that they wanted to sing holiday songs together, too. So, ever since then, the Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series has produced an annual Holiday Sing.”

The Fiddle’s community sings take place all throughout the year, and were featured in an article in The New York Times in 2008. The next community sing after the holiday edition is set to take place on January 7, just ahead of the Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival, the Fiddle’s flagship event. The festival will take place February 1 and 2 at the Hannah Community Center. The Friday night concert will feature Josh Davis, and Saturday's sing will be led by Joel Mabus, Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt.

This weekend’s holiday edition is set to feature holiday tunes both old and new, according to Potter.

“Each year, different guests share their favorite songs, including carols, songs about solstice and winter, songs about peace and love - a wide range of wonderful music.” Potter said. “This year, newer selections include ‘Mary Did You Know?’ and ‘The Twelve Days of Irish Christmas’ to go along with many we sing every year, including ‘Winter Wonderland,’ ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Silent Night.’”

On Saturday, December 8, the kids get their turn to sing holiday songs as part of the Fiddle’s children’s music program, Fiddle Scouts. The singing will once again be led by singer-songwriter Carrie Quisenberry and will start at 10:00 AM at the MSU Community Music School. There is a suggested donation of $3-$5 per child.

Song sheets and percussive instruments will be provided.

“The whole family will enjoy the Holiday spirit with this kids-focused sing-along led by Carrie,” Fiddle Scouts Coordinator Tamiko Rothhorn said. “Do your children love music? Come celebrate the season with singing and merry making. Santa may even make an appearance!”

For Potter, both holiday sings are about a communal experience and a chance for people young and old to enjoy the holiday season. More merriment and less bah-humbug.

“When everyone sings these wonderful songs together, the sound is marvelous!” Potter said. “People leave with a warm heart and a big smile.”

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