Song Circle will fill the air with local voices

Feb 26, 2023

MIDDLEBORO — A new Song Circle has been formed at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro, 25 South Main St., Middleboro, for people who enjoy getting together with others to sing.

No particular expertise is required. The point is to have fun and learn. 

The first song circle will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24 at the church, 25 South Main St., Middleboro and will be held going forward on the second Friday of each month.

This activity is sponsored by the church and open to the community at large. 

 The Song Circle will start with a potluck of hearty snacks, coffee, tea, and water in the Parish Hall, so those attending are asked to bring along a favorite treat to share. A circle of chairs will be set up along with a portable keyboard, and percussion instruments will be provided.  

Participants can bring their own guitars, ukuleles, dulcimers or just their voices and hands for clapping and feet for stomping.

 This is a shared activity and not a performance. The songs will primarily be folk songs, but all types of music may be heard. There is no official body of songs, although some people may want to bring “Rise Up Singing” or its sequel “Rise Again” or other songbooks, which are full of hundreds of songs, with all the lyrics. There are no dues or other membership requirements.

Coordinators will kick off the singing and then move around the circle with others leading a song or sharing a piece of poetry. One can always pass. 

Listeners are part of the circle as this is not a performance with an audience. But everyone is encouraged to be ready to lead a song by knowing the lyrics, the key, and other elements. Participants can teach the song or the chorus or simply share a piece, with or without accompaniment.