Christmas Concert Tour…Behind The Scenes

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Well the Holiday Season is almost upon us that means preparing for our annual Christmas Concert Tour. Now in its 12th year, we are playing six shows in three states. The show features The Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band, Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams, Rick Lang & Friends. All the shows are held in churches and have pretty much played for packed houses the last few years. We spend most of November rehearsing, and working in new material to keep the show fresh.
The tours beginnings go back to 2003 when I released my first Christmas CD “The Season Of My Heart”. The material consisted of all original Christmas/Seasonal songs I had written over the previous eight years. Bob Dick produced the album, who two years previously has released his own solo Bluegrass Christmas CD “Tidings Of Comfort And Joy”. We decided we should put together a show to promote our respective releases. The initial show featured The Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band and Rick Lang & Friends (Bob Dick, Dave Dick, Roger Williams, Karen Lincoln and myself). We played at the Northbridge High School in Northbridge MA, and the Performing Arts Center in Stratham NH that first season.
After two years both venues ended and we needed to find a new place to bring our show. Bob made an arrangement to try it out in his church (Rockdale Congregational Church) and it went over extremely well. I tried the same approach with my church in Brentwood NH with similar success. Meanwhile Amy Gallatin joined the show making it three acts. This helped broaden out the scope of material we could perform and things really took off from there. I needed to continue to write new Christmas material to keep my part of the show fresh. This in turn led to the recording of a new Holiday album “That’s What I Love About Christmas”.
Interest in our Christmas Concert Tour continues to grow, and we’ve added two new venues this season. The key to it all is putting on a quality show, which is why we spend the entire month of November rehearsing and working up new material. It is really a lot of fun and hope we can keep it going for years to come.