Mon­day Mu­sic closes the year in the Christ­mas spirit

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY -

Af­ter host­ing many fine lo­cal and vis­it­ing mu­si­cians, Mon­day Mu­sic is tak­ing a break for the win­ter. But not un­til one last per­former graces the stage at the lit­tle Green Hill–Alma United Church on Dec. 10.

Ann Holton will make her first ap­pear­ance as mu­si­cal guest for De­cem­ber in the con­cert se­ries and she will be bring­ing lots of favourite Christ­mas songs with her.

Holton has been per­form­ing in Pic­tou County and Nova Scotia since she was a young girl. Her vo­cal stud­ies took her to Hal­i­fax to com­plete her Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic in Voice and then to On­tario where she took a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion, as well a Master of Mu­sic de­gree in Voice and Lit­er­a­ture. Holton re­turned to Pic­tou County to teach and she con­tin­ues to per­form fre­quently through­out the prov­ince.

Her per­for­mances range from theatre to solo en­gage­ments, folk to clas­si­cal, of­ten merg­ing the two styles. Lo­cally, she most re­cently has been seen per­form­ing at the deCoste En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre where she played the role of Christie MacDon­ald, an op­eretta singer from Pic­tou. Holton also ap­peared in this year’s pre­sen­ta­tion of Songs of Re­mem­brance.

She re­cently re­leased her Christ­mas CD, A Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas, in Stel­lar­ton at a con­cert fea­tur­ing Dave Gun­ning, Ardyth and Jen­nifer, Dar­ren McMullen, Jeff Tor­bert, Dave Pos, and Karen Crow­ley. The CD is avail­able on­line at www.annholton.com and lo­cal venues in the county and will also be avail­able at the con­cert in Alma.

Holton will have some other county mu­si­cians help­ing her out at her Mon­day con­cert. She will be ac­com­pa­nied by Lloyd MacLean and Paul Tup­per and has in­vited oth­ers to share the stage as well, no­tably Pierre and Katie Au­coin. Who knows, she may even put in a sing-along or two so all can feel the Christ­mas spirit. The con­cert starts at 7:30 p.m. and like all Mon­day Mu­sic in Alma con­certs ad­mis­sion is $10 or what you can af­ford.

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Ann Holton re­cently re­leased her CD, A Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas.

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