Love is Little: Shaker Chants, Hymns, and Ballads (E.J. Barnes and April Grant)
The celibate, communal United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing (commonly called Shakers) are most widely known today for their furniture and other crafts. In our opinion, they should also be famed for the boisterous singing and dancing in their religious services.
April Grant, a former Hancock Shaker Village Museum interpreter, and E.J. Barnes, a Boston Area Shaker Study Group member, perform a selection of Shaker songs and hymns, and offer a lively historical commentary on their topics and context, and on the lives of the hymn writers.
Our standard length for this performance is just under one hour, though we can offer shorter or longer options. Time and logistics permitting, we would be pleased to offer a Q&A at the end. We can offer this performance over Zoom to audiences almost anywhere (we’re in Eastern time). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries about in-person shows.
Please enjoy this video of our presenting “Love is Little” at the New England Folk Festival (2022):