Date: Sunday, October 25th
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Pond Village Church, Brookfield, Vermont
What: The British Ballad Tradition in New England by Burt Porter. A potluck supper will follow the program and annual meeting.
The traditional British ballads as sung in New England are a rich part of the literary and musical heritage of our region, and yet they are little known today. Although these ancient songs present their often tragic narratives with a great poetic artistry, the texts are inexorably wedded to their melodies and must be heard as music to be fully appreciated. As Robert Frost observed, “The voice and ear are left at a loss what to do with a ballad until supplied with the tune it was written to go with. That might be the definition of a true poem … Unsung, it stays half-lacking.” Burt Porter, a singer and scholar of ballads, presents a program of New England ballads, focusing on Vermont versions with commentary on the history and art of balladry. He accompanies the singing with fiddle and mandolin.
Presentation sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) Speakers Bureau and the Brookfield Historical Society.