Unique performance with historical significance

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AMERICANA CHOIR PERFORMANCE… From left (back), choir members, Pauline Thomas, Jane Bail, Heather Frostick, Kerry-Ann Rappell, Philippa Schapper, Susan Narelle Ryan, Cameron Lancaster, Bruce Lees and Theresa Williams. (Front), choir members, Margaret Cobbledick, Kay Lawton, Michaela Holbech, Andrea Fahey, Liz Hurford, Elwyn Rendell and Glenys Watson. (Seated), choir director, Linden Lancaster and accompanist, Marie Martin. (Absent), Peter Farrell, Glennys Walker and Austin Lancaster. Photo: Supplied.
AMERICANA CHOIR PERFORMANCE… From left (back), choir members, Pauline Thomas, Jane Bail, Heather Frostick, Kerry-Ann Rappell, Philippa Schapper, Susan Narelle Ryan, Cameron Lancaster, Bruce Lees and Theresa Williams. (Front), choir members, Margaret Cobbledick, Kay Lawton, Michaela Holbech, Andrea Fahey, Liz Hurford, Elwyn Rendell and Glenys Watson. (Seated), choir director, Linden Lancaster and accompanist, Marie Martin. (Absent), Peter Farrell, Glennys Walker and Austin Lancaster. Photo: Supplied.

SONGS with American historical themes will resonate throughout the St. Clare Auditorium in Nathalia this weekend as part of the collaborative performance ‘Americana: Folk Music From the Civil War to 1970’.

Over two performances, local musician Linden Lancaster will lead the Nathalia and District Community Choir through themes including the Civil War, slavery and spiritual songs, ‘60s and ‘70s folk and a touch of the deep south. Accompanist, Marie Martin and Melbourne folk band, Rare Child will join the choir on stage providing a range of musical elements to enrich the show. Complementing each performance will be projected visuals researched and assembled by Linden in collaboration with local artist, Kristen Retallick.

Nathalia and District Community Choir member and G.R.A.I.N. Store chairperson, Philippa Schapper says that ‘Americana’ is a “Thoughtful and exhilarating program of unfamiliar music that explores important musical and social threads in the United States from the early colonies to 1970.”

There will be two performances, one at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 13 and a matinee the following day, Sunday, April 14 at 2pm. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the venue.

Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase online at www.trybooking.com/BBKZD, in store at The G.R.A.I.N. Store or at the Nathalia Post Office. The G.R.A.I.N. Store is located at 24 Blake Street, Nathalia, for further information, visit their website at www.thegrainstore.org