CarolSlam 2017

Wassail All Over the Town ,

Portland’s sixth annual Carol Slam is right around the corner!  Here is some info.

The Slam will be at Bull Feeney’s again, on Saturday December 16th at 2:00pm.

Practices for the carolers will be on Friday December 15th at 7pm and Saturday December 16th at noon.  Please get in touch if you want to come sing!

The due date for new carol compositions will be November 22nd. Please get in touch if you have a carol or an inkling and we will try to help things along.

Please get in touch with us about anything!  My email is audrey.morton22@gmail.com.

We will send out more updates as they come and we will be updating the site at carolslam.me. We are also on Facebook @CarolSlamPortlandMaine or CarolSlam.




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

Please contact Audrey for all things Carol Slam: portlandcarolslam@gmail.com or audrey.morton22@gmail.com.

Ben Heasly the founder of CarolSlam 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.


2017 Press Release

Portland Carol Slam Featuring Local Composers and Singers

The third annual Portland Carol Slam will take place on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at 2:00 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.

To contact the CarolSlam please email audrey.morton22@gmail.com


Come Sing 2016

If you like singing and reading new music, come join the Carol Slam house choir! Please get in touch with us at portlandcarolslam@gmail.com or audrey.morton22@gmail.com.

We’ll meet three times for singing:

On Friday, December 16th 2016 at 7pm, we’ll do a first read through of all the new carols.

On Saturday, December 17th 2016 at 11:30pm, we’ll do a warm up/dress rehearsal before the actual slam.

Then we’ll perform at the actual slam on December 17th  2016 at 2:00pm.

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.