Morton Memorial United Methodist Church will present “A Mountain Christmas” on December 15, at 5 p.m. The Morton choir will celebrate music the mountain by performing traditional Appalachian carols, southern harmony tunes and southern spirituals. The Tracy City Jam will play Gathering Music at 4:30 p.m.
According the MMUMC Music Director Nancy Allsbrook, “We’re honored to have some of our favorite guest musicians return this year, as well as some new guest musicians.”
Susan Ramsay, storyteller, folk musician and music educator, will tell the delightful Appalachian story as well as perform several Appalachian carols on dulcimer with her husband, saxophonist, Neal Ramsay.
“Susan has been a beloved part of our Mountain Christmas since its beginning, and we are thrilled to have her again as our guest,” said Allsbrook.
Neal Ramsey has taken his saxophone from the dance hall to the concert hall. His ability to cross musical boundaries, and to push his instrument into new arenas, has resulted in national tours, recordings, and performances in some of America’s most prestigious concert halls. Ramsay has toured the United States eight times. He has given sold out concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall including his own three concert Carnegie Hall Series that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the saxophone’s invention.
As former lead vocalist with Grammy nominated country group, Wild Rose, banjoist Pam Gadd has been featured on Hee Haw, Music City Tonight, Nashville Now, Crook & Chase, and the Joan Lunden Show. She performed as backup vocalist with Patty Loveless—including performances on The Tonight Show, and Late Night with David Letterman. In 2004, Gadd joined Porter Wag-goner in weekly performances at the Grand Old Opry. They performed together until his death in 2007. Gunn resides in Nashville, enjoys teaching and doing music therapy for individuals with mental disabilities, and tours as a singer songwriter.
Allbrook extends the invitation to the community at large, “We hope you can join us for this wonderful evening of music. A reception will follow the program in the Fellowship Center. “