Two South­ern Al­berta mu­si­cians re­vive Christ­mas con­certs

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta -

Two South­ern Al­berta mu­si­cians have teamed up to re­vive old-fash­ioned Christ­mas con­certs.

Noel Burles and Shel­ley Gold­beck present A Cow­boy

Christ­mas, a story sup­ported by mu­sic in South­ern Al­berta com­mu­ni­ties which started Novem­ber 29 and goes un­til Dec. 15. Gold­beck con­ceived Cow­boy Christ­mas Con­certs in re­ac­tion to the de­cline of the use of the term “Christ­mas”.

“My grand­daugh­ters don’t know any Christ­mas car­ols be­cause they haven’t re­hearsed them for their school con­certs over the years. They’ve had “win­ter con­certs”, which are great, but they’ve missed learn­ing Christ­mas car­ols.

“I love to sing Christ­mas car­ols. And so do many peo­ple I know! So I teamed up with (ap­pro­pri­ately named) Noel to giv peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to sing their favourite car­ols.”

Old-fash­ioned Cow­boy Christ­mas Con­certs in­clude 19 Christ­mas sing-along songs, wo­ven through­out the story. At in­ter­mis­sion, per­form­ers visit with the au­di­ence over home-made cook­ies, cof­fee and hot choco­late.

Burles is a multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist/ singer/ song­writer/his­to­rian, with a CD, Trails Trav­eled, nom­i­nated for three Western Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards.

He and Gold­beck are mem­bers of the Al­berta Cow­boy Po­etry As­so­ci­a­tion, ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing the his­tory of the west through po­etry, story and mu­sic.

Con­cert dates and lo­ca­tions in­clude (all shows 7-9 p.m.): Nan­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Dec. 8; Mun­son Com­mu­nity Hall Dec. 13; Seven Per­sons Com­mu­nity Hall, Dec. 14; Bear­berry Com­mu­nity Hall, Dec. 15.

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