2016 Christmas Concert Tour

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The Holiday Season is right around the corner, that means preparing for our annual Christmas Concert Tour. Now in its 13th year, we will be playing five concerts in three states. The show features The Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band, Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams, and Rick Lang & Friends (featuring Karen Lincoln Wilber). All the shows are held in churches and have pretty much played to 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 earlier had 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 concert 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) in Northbridge MA, and it went over very well. I tried the same approach with my church in Brentwood NH with similar success. Meanwhile Amy Gallatin joined the show, expanding it to three acts. This helped broaden out the scope of material we could perform and things really took off from there. I continued to write new Christmas/Seasonal material to keep my part of the show fresh. This in turn led to the recording of my new Holiday album “That’s What I Love About Christmas”. Over time, interest in our Christmas Concert Tour continued to grow, and we added new venues in Glastonbury CT, Boxborough MA, and most recently Newburyport MA. The key the increased popularity of the Christmas Concert Tour is putting on a quality show year after year, 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!