Nowell Sing We Clear
Nowell Sing We Clear, the Vermont quartet that recalls old American and British Yuletide traditions, will perform at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington on Sunday, December 8, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15; children under 12 are $8. Tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Nowell Sing We Clear performs unusual songs, carols, stories, and customs, drawn mostly from English-language folk traditions. Many of these ancient customs are the basis of today’s holiday traditions, such as visiting and feasting, gift-giving, carol singing from door-to-door and the adorning of houses and churches with garlands of evergreen. The songs come from an age when the midwinter season was a time for celebration of older, perhaps pagan, religious ideas. There is not always a clear line between these and the rejoicing at the birth of Jesus bringing a fresh light into the world at this dark midwinter time. A special and unusual treat is the enactment of a Mummers Play from Kentucky. Performed in the traditional manner, the play is typical of folk dramas which survive to this day throughout Britain and North America symbolizing and portraying the death of the land at midwinter and its subsequent rebirth in the spring. The audience will be supplied with song sheets and encouraged to sing along. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, home to the Meetinghouse Café, is at 108 School St., Bennington. Its website is uubennington.org.