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3rd Annual Carol Slam

Welcome to the blog of the Portland Maine Carol Slam.

What is a carol slam? It’s like a poetry slam or story slam, but for carols. Composers will write original carols. A house choir will perform them for a cafe audience (you!). The audience will pick the best carol. The winning composer will get a wreath.

The goal is to inspire new holiday carols, as an antidote to the same old stuff every year. The first ever carol slam in 2012 was lots of fun. We had great new carols, a great choir, and a great crowd.

The third annual Carol Slam will take place on Saturday, December 20st, 2014 at 2:30pm, at Bull Feeney’s in Portland’s Old Port.

Check out the other posts here on the blog to learn more. If you’re a singer, you can join the house choir. If you’re a composer, you can write a new carol. If you’re both, do both! If you’re not, come anyway and help pick the best carol.

Wassail!

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Contact

Want to compose a carol?  Want to sing with the house choir?  Have a question?

Please contact Ben for all things Carol Slam: portlandcarolslam@gmail.com.

Ben Heasly is a Portland native. He grew up in Stroudwater and did lots of singing at Woodfords church, and Deering High School, and in college. He now lives in the Oakdale neighborhood and is a grad student at USM.

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2014 Press Release

Portland Carol Slam Featuring Local Composers and Singers

The third annual Portland Carol Slam will take place on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at 2:30 PM, at Bull Feeney’s Restaurant & Pub on Fore Street in Portland’s Old Port. It will be free and open to the public.

The Slam features new holiday carols written by local composers, sung by a choir of local singers. Audience members will pick a favorite carol, and that carol’s composer will be presented with a holiday wreath.

The event is intended to bring fun and merriment to the cold and dark of winter. It also aims to re-invigorate the music of the holiday season, much of which is repeated year after year. Carols may feature traditional Christmas texts, but other themes and ways of celebrating winter are also encouraged. All comers are welcome!

The organizer of the Carol Slam is Benjamin Heasly, a Portland native and resident, and amateur musician. He believes the Portland Carol Slam is unique to Portland, in combining the “slam” format of creative competition with choral composition and singing.

Benjamin may be contacted by email at portlandcarolslam@gmail.com.

Visit the Portland Carol Slam’s blog at http://carolslam.me

Wassail!

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Sing in 2014

If you like singing and reading new music, come join the Carol Slam house choir! Please get in touch with Ben at portlandcarolslam@gmail.com.

We’ll meet three times for singing:

On Friday, December 19th 2014 at 7pm, we’ll do a first read through of all the new carols.

On Saturday, December 20th 2014 at 12:30pm, we’ll do a warm up/dress rehearsal before the actual slam.

Then we’ll perform at the actual slam on December 20st 2014 at 2:30pm.

This should give us enough time to learn the new carols and do them justice, without over-rehearsing and taking the fun out of it.

Also, I’ll try to send out the new music as soon as I can, so you can look at.