Rise Up singalong concert to be held

Annie Patterson will be appearing in concert at West Branch School, 755 Moore Ave., in 7 p.m. Saturday. Patterson is an accomplished singer songwriter best known for co-creating the best-selling group singing songbook “Rise Up Singing” along with her husband Peter Blood. She will be joined by Claire Brandenburg on vocal harmonies.

Annie and Peter have played a central role in helping create a quiet revolution of group singing in the U.S. in recent years. They have spent decades honing their skills as performers and song leaders at schools, churches, conferences, clubs and festivals across the U.S. and abroad. Their songleading is treasured for their uncanny ability to choose songs that are fun and inspiring, to teach these songs to groups of all ages, and to get them engaged in spirited group singing in spite of any reserve they might have had.

They used this wealth of songleading experience to create a completely unique song collection entitled Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook. Their book contains a wonderful mix of 1200 songs from Beatles to Broadway, from spirituals to carols, and from kids songs to songs of peace and justice. A true underground best-seller, the collection has sold over a million copies since its publication in 1988 with a minimum of publicity, promotion or marketing.

As many schools in America have cut back on their music programs, hundreds of community groups have sprung up getting together regularly for monthly sings using the Blood-Pattersons’ songbooks. Groups use the books to build community, have fun, and teach about the importance of civic responsibility and respect for others.

A new similar songbook entitled Rise Again with words and chords to 1200 more songs was published by Hal Leonard Music in 2015. Patterson will teach and lead songs out of Rise Again at the concert on Saturday.

For ticket information, visit www.riseupandsing.org/events/williamsport-concert or call 570-323-5498.

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