You only live once – but you would get the chance to sing in public several times a year, thanks to the Puget Sound Revels. This month is one of them. Three free events, two of them happening this weekend, give the chance to let inhibitions fly away and join in with some of Tacoma’s best folk singers as they gather for Stadium Fare, the Abbots Bromliad and Tacoma Sings.
First up is the Stadium Fare sing. The biweekly summer craft fair in Tacoma’s Stadium District has been gathering local artisans and performers, and for its next incarnation the Revellers will gather and sing a 30-minute concert of sea chanteys, pub songs and the kind of traditional folk song from all over Europe and America that populates their annual December stage show in the Rialto Theater.
The Stadium Fare concert will be at noon Saturday in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church, 20 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. Also performing will be T-Town Swing, drummer George Jetson and hip hop artist Josh Rizeberg. Stadium Fare continues Sept. 14 and 28. For more info, see stadiumfare.com.
Then comes the Abbots Bromliad, inspired by a medieval folk tradition from the village of Abbots Bromley, England, where villagers dress up in costumes and 1,000-year-old reindeer antlers and dance from pub to pub to the piping sounds of the G minor 6/8 tune (called, naturally, Abbots Bromley). The Tacoma Abbots Bromliad dances around Old Town Park. The Revellers, who usually perform this wordless, haunting dance in their stage show, encourage everyone else to bring their own antlers, or sticks, or Maid Marian-type costumes, or just their modeern-day selves, to join in this slightly silly revelry on Labor Day. There’ll be other country dances as well, led by a caller and Revels musicians. Bring a picnic.
The Abbots Bromliad runs noon-1:15 p.m. Monday at Old Town Park, 2305 N. 30th St., Tacoma. If you play penny whistle or recorder, the tune is here: traditionalmusic.co.uk/favtunesw/000144/HTM.
Finally, the Revels crew celebrates the autumnal equinox Sept. 22 with their annual Tacoma Sings on the Museum of Glass bridge. Inspired by the soaring architecture there, they’ll lead anyone who wants to join them in pub songs and autumn songs. Song sheets are provided, but bring a flashlight or lantern to help create atmosphere (and see the music as the light wanes).
Tacoma Sings runs 6:30-7:45 p.m. Sept. 22 on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and plazas on either side (1911 Pacific Ave. and 1801 Dock St., Tacoma).
All events are free. More information: 253-756-1804, pugetsoundrevels.org.Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 email@example.com