Appalachian Men’s Ensemble presents 'Echoes of the British Isles’

Contributed To The Press • Feb 8, 2018 at 8:53 AM

The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble will present the concert “Echoes of the British Isles” on Friday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. at Munsey Memorial United Methodist, 201 S. Roan St., Johnson City, and on Sunday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m. at First Broad Street United Methodist Church, 100 E. Church Circle, Kingsport.

Concert admission is on a donation basis, suggested at $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The concert will feature many familiar songs from the British Isles, such as “Loch Lomond,” “Be Thou My Vision,” and “What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor?”

Local writer, Andrew Ford, will provide narrative between the songs that will include the origin of the music and stories of the people who brought these songs from the British Isles to Appalachia. The music and storytelling will explore Appalachia’s deep cultural roots in the British Isles.

AMEn is an all-male vocal ensemble of auditioned voices from throughout the greater Tri-Cities area. The group is dedicated to performing a wide range of choral repertoire — both sacred and secular — from the late Middles Ages to the present. 

The ensemble was founded in the fall of 2013 and has quickly gained popularity in the region. Dr. Alan Stevens, the artistic director, is also the associate director of choral activities at East Tennessee State University.

For more information, contact AMEn at AppalachianMensEnsemble@gmail.com. Singers interested in joining the ensemble should contact the chorus manager at the same email. The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Concert updates and additional information about AMEn can be found at www.AppMensEnsemble.org or on their Facebook page www.Facebook.com/AMEnEnsemble.

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