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As part of the Guilford Community Church's 250th Anniversary celebration, a concert at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro:

By the People For the People - a Celebration of Song & Community

* Peter Amidon and Andy Davis directing and Patty Meyer accompanying the 60 member
By the People For the People Choir

Saturday, November 11, 7:00 pm, Latchis Theater - $22

Check out this Youtube clip on the concert: https://youtu.be/yYXFbfldFsI

The selections of sacred & secular choral music will include songs from the Sacred Harp, African American spirituals, gospel, songs for social change, and a song each from Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Doc Watson and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with many of the pieces arranged and composed by Andy Davis and Peter Amidon.

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* special guests include:
   - Nowell Sing We Clear
   - Sam Amidon
   - Shoulder Narrows
   - Zara Bode
   - Ron Kelley

Saturday, November 11, 7:00 pm, Latchis Theater - $22

   TICKETS or https://latchisarts.org/

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As part of the Guilford Community Church's year-long 250th anniversary celebration, Organist & co-Choir Directors Patty Meyer, Andy Davis and Peter Amidon are leading a choral concert: “By the People For the People - A Celebration of Song & Community” on Saturday, November 11th, at 7:00 pm at the Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro VT.

 The three Music Leaders have put together a sixty-member Choir of the Community that has, as its core, the Guilford Community Church Choir, expanded by members of other area choirs & choruses. 

Special guests include Nowell Sing We Clear (Tony Barrand, John Roberts, Fred Breunig, Andy Davis), Sam Amidon, Brattleboro Union High School’s a cappella group Shoulder Narrows led by Rhys Glennon, singer Zara Bode, and saxophonist Ron Kelley.

The selections of sacred & secular choral music will include songs from the Sacred Harp, African American spirituals, gospel, songs for social change, and a song each from Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Doc Watson and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with many of the pieces arranged and composed by Andy Davis and Peter Amidon.

Andy Davis and Peter Amidon have been co-leading the Guilford Community Church, UCC Choir for nineteen years. They are both founding members of New England Dancing Masters: nationally recognized leaders and publishers of traditional dance and singing games for children.  Andy is Brattleboro public elementary school music teacher, and he leads the Oak Grove Intergenerational Chorus.  Andy is a member of the Nowell Sing We Clear quartet. Peter Amidon’s choral arrangements are being sung on both sides of the Atlantic by church, community, college, high school and hospice choirs.  He is a founding member of Hallowell: southeastern Vermont’s hospice singers.  He leads, with his partner and wife Mary Alice Amidon, day-long, weekend and week-long workshops with music teachers and choral singing leaders. Patty Meyer is the organist for the Guilford Community Church. She was the Vocal Music Director of Brattleboro Union High School for fifteen years.
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Nowell Sing We Clear completed 40 touring seasons with its unusual songs, carols, stories, and customs. Drawn mostly from English-language folk traditions, the songs tell both a version of the events and characters involved in the Christmas story and detail the customs which make up the twelve magical days following the return of the light at the winter solstice. Nowell Sing We Clear celebrates Christmas as it was known for centuries in Britain and North America and as it continues in many places to the present. 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. 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.

Sam Amidon is an internationally acclaimed interpreter of roots traditional American music. A superb instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar) and a gifted traditional singer-with-an-edge, “… his highly personal approach opens a window on the American past and lets us feel it like nothing else around.” – NPR

The a cappella group Shoulder Narrows was started in 2004 by male students at Brattleboro Union High School. They sing a mix of indie rock, pop, jazz, and a little bit of everything else in between. They all collaborate in the writing and arranging of songs and still just enjoy playing around with the music they make. Currently led by Rhys Glennon, the group is a great tradition that has been passed down for a number of years.

Zara Bode, a founding member of the Sweetback Sisters and the Starry Mountain Singers, has performed everywhere from Prairie Home Companion to Mountain Stage. Zara is a powerful and gifted singer in a wide range of styles.

Saxophonist Ron Kelley was Choral Music Director and Leland and Grey High School for twenty years.  He plays in the On the Lam Band, and for many years was the music director of the Bread & Puppet Circus Band.
 
Admission to the concert is $22, tickets available at TICKETS or https://latchisarts.org/.  More information call 802-257-1006 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..