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Spring Concert 2018

Family Folk Chorale Guest Artist Series

May Erlewine with the Family Folk Chorale
Sunday, March 18th

Arlington Town Hall
730 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA

Regular Admission: $15
Child / Senior: $12

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Acclaimed Michigan-based indie-folk songstress May Erlewine joins Family Folk Chorale for a very special event in our Guest Artist series.
A staple of the vibrant Midwest folk scene, May Erlewine is one of the most prolific and passionate songwriters of her generation.

Family Folk Chorale is the Boston area’s premier intergenerational chorus, led by award-winning Artistic Director Chris Eastburn and backed by some of Boston’s most versatile musicians, including Gary Backstrom on guitars; Jonah Backstrom on drums; Paul Hatem on guitar; and Quinn Eastburn on fiddle and keyboard.

Arlington-based Family Folk Chorale concerts are described by audience members as a musical "experience” or “happening” that hails to a time when live music was part of the daily fabric of home and community. These concerts are perfect for people of all ages – we provide lyrics, opportunities to sing and dance along, refreshments, and a floor seating area up front for young children. This concert will also feature the winning song of our 6th Annual Songwriting Competition. For more information about the competition winners, see below.

Historic Arlington Town Hall is a fully accessible venue. Take the MBTA bus #77 from Harvard Square, or you’ll find plenty of free, on-street and public lot parking on Sundays. Walk to dinner after the concert at one of Arlington Center's eateries and cafes.

“I’ve arranged over 450 songs for Family Folk Chorale, and May Erlewine’s brilliant songcraft stacks up against the likes of The Beatles, James Taylor, and other great songwriters of our time. The melodies are beautiful and haunting, the lyrics are inspirational and come from a deep soulful place, and it’s clear that she writes these songs because she must.” -Artistic Director Chris Eastburn

See May Erlewine’s latest music video here.

Lara Herscovitch Wins Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Competition

The Family Folk Chorale is excited to announce
the winners of the 2018 FFC Songwriting Competition:

First Place: Lara Herscovitch for “Wingspan”
Second Place: Josh Olivier-Mason for “The Fighter and the Pillar of Salt”
Third Place: Geoff Bartley for “Welcome to the Spiral Dance”

Lara Herscovitch PhotoAs the first place winner, Herscovitch’s song has been arranged for chorus by Artistic Director Chris Eastburn and will be performed by the Family Folk Chorale on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Arlington Town Hall in Arlington, MA. The concert, featuring the uplifting, soulful music of singer-songwriter May Erlewine, is a perfect fit for Wingspan.

“Lara Herscovitch's energetic song "Wingspan" is beautifully crafted with a memorable melody, satisfying form and uplifting lyrics. It soars with wonder filled, poetic imagery, as it inspiringly sings of the journey of a soul towards revealing the true self. It is also a great fit for our multi-generational Family Folk Chorale who together on one stage present the voices of life's journey from childhood through elder hood. We look forward to sharing our performance with the audience at Arlington Town Hall and songwriter Lara Herscovitch who plans to be in attendance.” -Artistic Director Chris Eastburn

Lara Herscovitch is a gem of a modern American troubadour. A singer-songwriter-poet, performer and advocate, her highly original contemporary folk is spiced with blues, pop and jazz influences. She writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, and delivers performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain diverse audiences.

Listen to the winning song: iTunes or Spotify or CDBaby
Watch Lara’s new music video here.

Now in its sixth year, the FFC Songwriting Competition is a unique opportunity for collaboration between songwriter, arranger, conductor and chorus. Most songwriters rarely get to hear their songs performed by other singers. Yet in this competition, the winning song is professionally arranged and performed with a 70-voice, multi-generational ensemble. It is no wonder why the competition has attracted the attention of songwriters throughout the United States.