Christmas Revels Celebrates Appalachian Song, Dance, Culture


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If you travel through the Appalachian Mountains south of the Mason-Dixon Line, you will find one of the birthplaces of American music: the mountains of southern Appalachia, where Native American, African American, and European traditions combined to foster an astonishing wealth of artistic expression.

The Christmas Revels performance

“The Christmas Revels: An Appalachian Celebration of the Winter Solstice,” will be performed at the Hopkins Center for the Arts December 12 through 15. (Photo by Thomas Ames, Jr.)

This year’s Christmas Revels at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the 39th Hanover Revels, explores these riches, preserved generation after generation, with the help of a local chorus of adults and children and visiting artists, including Vermont-based singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Pete Sutherland, Upper Valley-based clog-dancer Sharon Gouveia Comeau; North Carolina-based singer Suzannah Park, and the Ontario-based American old-time music duo Sheesham & Lotus.

The Christmas Revels: An Appalachian Celebration of the Winter Solstice takes place December 12 through 15 in the Hop’s Spaulding Auditorium. The Christmas Revels is a December show that each year celebrates a different place and time through the music, dance, and stories of that place’s winter holiday traditions. Recent shows have been set in Elizabethan England, Medieval France, rural Quebec, and onboard a turn-of-the-century steamer bearing Irish immigrants to New York.

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