Bluegrass Christmas show to present unique holiday sounds

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Nov. 23, 2011
Amy Gallatin and Roger Williams will be one of three acts at 'Christmas on Minnechaug Mountain' on Dec. 9. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Local bluegrass artist Amy Gallation will be part of a unique holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 9. Blending bluegrass and traditional holiday music is “not as counter-intuitive as you'd think,” Gallatin said.

The all-acoustic show will feature Gallatin and partner Roger Williams, performing classics, such as “Baby, It's Cold Outside,” and other recognizable holiday songs.

“We try not to do the overdone stuff,” she said. “We're not going to play ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.’ The stuff you've heard before is presented in an all-acoustic format, which is different.”

“Christmas at Minnechaug Mountain” will also feature Rick Lang and Friends, and Blackstone Valley Bluegrass. “[Blackstone Valley Bluegrass] is a full-on bluegrass band with great camaraderie on stage,” Gallatin said. “Then there's Lang, and his ensemble, who will present original Christmas tunes. Then Williams and myself will do our thing. We all get together in the end for a number of what we call in the business, 'feel good' songs.”

Gallatin said the show can be a great way for people to, at least temporarily, avoid holiday stress. “What we like about the show is that it's a complete escape from what becomes, I think, more and more craziness in the holiday season,” she said. “The vibe is just mellow and contemplative. We just hand this music to you and say, 'Enjoy.' We offer a respite.”

The musicianship alone, Gallatin said, is reason to come to the show. “It helps to have the caliber of musicians that we have,” she said. “They are all very capable of playing what we call 'grown-up chords.'”

Many popular carols will be featured, as well as a good number of original Christmas songs. “There's a lot of variety,” Gallatin said. “Besides the originals, we do some instrumentals. I come from out west, so I do some songs from out there, like one about a cowboy who gets lost on Christmas and how his horse brings him home. It's a total mix – there's a spiritual side, since it's a Christmas show, and there are some light-hearted, more-secular pieces.”

Christmas on Minnechaug Mountain will be performed Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at Buckingham Congregational Church, 16 Cricket Lane in Glastonbury. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 under 12. Reservations are suggested by calling 860-633-3160 or 860-633-7992.

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