Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sparrow's Joy Folk Ensemble Rocks the State House

Guest Blogger Carol Robidoux created this two-minute musical interlude about Sparrow Joy's visit to the State House. Two members of Sparrow's Joy, Madeline Stewart & Fiona Shea are both past recipients of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants in New England Fiddling. This blog post originally apperead on Concord Patch

It is generally all business when the Governor's Council convenes. However, as is the tradition, meetings always begin by shining a spotlight on local musical talent.

On Nov. 6, the Concord Community Music School Scholarship Folk Ensemble, aka Sparrow's Joy, did the honors.

Members include Dan Faiella, 20, Madeleine Stewart, 18, Axel Stewart, 17, and Fiona Shea, 17, who have been playing together since before they landed at the Concord music school, which is why they are so, well, "wonderful," as Gov. Maggie Hassan said, following their performance.

The troupe performed an a cappella vocal arrangement of "Down in the River," followed by "Red Prairie Dawn and "Chinquapin Hunting."

Carol Robidoux