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We’re in beautiful Honolulu Hawaii Sept. 6-19 at the invitation of the Calvary By the Sea Lutheran Church. We can hardly wait to present on one of our passions, Intergenerational Worship, as part of the Hawaii ALCM regional workshop. We’ll be making music in several places, thanks to the efforts of our concert agent Katherine Crosier (Doris’ sister!) who will also be hosting us in her beautiful apartment in the sky. Making sure we don’t get too sunburned, she’s lined up the following schedule:
Sept. 8, 8:30-4 Calvary By the Sea Lutheran Church, Honolulu Workshop Presenters (Session 2, 10:30-noon)
Sept. 9, 7:30 and 10 am Sunday Services @ Calvary By the Sea
Sept. 13, 6pm Jazz Vespers @ St Peter’s Episcopal Church (soup dinner included!)
Sept. 14, 11-noon Concert @ Arcadia Retirement Home
Sept. 14, 6-7pm Concert @ St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church
Sept. 16, 8 am Sunday Service @ Lutheran Church of Honolulu
Sept. 16, 9:30 Sunday Service @ United Church of Christ
Pictures to come!

Support for Refugees

When we (The Braeded Chord) traveled to Beirut this summer, we were touched by the stories of the staff of Heart for Lebanon (many of them refugees themselves) so we brought their stories home in song. Their reality is much harsher than these lyrics could portray, but we hope that this song will give insight to their struggle and move us all to compassion. We are making available an audio download of our latest song “Another Winter in Beirut (A Refugee’s Lament)” with proceeds going to help refugee families through Heart for Lebanon .

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“Another Winter in Beirut (A Refugee’s Lament) ©2016 Sharon Dennis & Doris Au MacDonald. Performed by The Braeded Chord w/ the talents of Kristen Jones (cello), Jim Robeson (bass), Tom Teasley (percussion). Recorded Jim Robeson Productions. Thank you Kristen, Jim, and Tom for your talents and contributions.

* Braeded Chord Productions, LLC. is not a registered 501(c)3 organization and cannot issue receipts for tax purposes. If you wish to receive a tax receipt, please consider donating directly to Heart for Lebanon

Sharon Dennis and Doris Au MacDonald of Braeded Chord Productions have one mission:  to make music, and faith music in particular, accessible to all.  With that, they write, perform, teach, lead worship and train others to do the same.  Using multiple genres for an intergenerational audience, they attempt to reach as many as possible — with light-heartedness, skillful craftsmanship and great respect for musical excellence.


BCP Exhibit at ALCM National

Look for the BCP Exhibit at the ALCM National in Minneapolis, MN. From Sunday, July 9 to Wednesday, July 12 our table will have music for sale. Everything from our catalog will be represented, so you can either buy copies at the conference or go to our website to download and get permission to copy. On Monday at 11:45, there will be a demonstration/read-thru of selections from the Alleluia communion setting. Tuesday, “O Tiny Child” and “O Come O Come Emmanuel” are included in the Multi-publisher Choral Reading Session (Chapel of Westminster). New products for this conference include a new unison setting for Psalm 80 (Restore Us O God), a choral arrangement of “Follow the Cross”, an instrumental arrangement of “We Three Kings” (piano and guitar) and Volume One of the BCP Songbook, which includes all the free lead sheets from our website AND all the unison Psalm lead sheets.  Great for solo or corporate singing and includes permission to copy.  If you can’t come to the gathering this year, you can check out all our products on line at the Store where you can preview and listen to audio samples before purchase.TBC Songbook

A Warm Irish Welcome

Sharon Dennis and Doris Au MacDonald — The Braeded Chord — took a huge leap of faith when they accepted an invitation to play a series of gigs in Ireland in March and April.
They didn’t really know what awaited them, nor did they know me, a percussionist and music promoter working for Youth With A Mission at a missionary base called An Cuan in the tiny village of Rostrevor in Northern Ireland, the area of Ireland still part of the United Kingdom.
They ended up playing nine gigs in 10 days, some planned, and some that came up as a result of their ability to charm with their music and their open, friendly demeanors.
They opened by attending the weekly Songs and Stories event at the Rostrevor Inn, where the host spontaneously invited them to play a couple of tunes. They wowed the crowd in the tiny but packed room, and from then on they were known and appreciated by the folks in the music-oriented village.
They put on a worship clinic on Saturday and followed with a free concert with two prominent local musicians, Fra Sands and Maria Nickolay, a concert that raised the equivalent of several hundred US dollars for the refugees An Cuan works with in Lebanon and France.
They played during and after the service at the local Church of Ireland and led morning worship for An Cuan staff and trainees the next day and again that evening at the open-to-the-public Harbour Service.
The next night they were invited to lead worship for a Lenten service at a nearby hotel, then went right to the local pub to play in a session of Irish folk songs and pop hits with local musicians.
Then it was back to the Songs and Stories for two more songs the next night.
For their finale they headlined the monthly An Cuan Open Mic Night.
They added some Irish classics to their already eclectic and wide-ranging set list, which kept their listeners engaged during each of their performances. At the free concert, one woman kept whispering to her husband that she was going to leave after the next song, but she kept staying!
Their worship sessions were spirit-driven, and actually so were their secular performances.
Bottom line was that they did what musicians are called to do: connect with and move their audience. They did it with grace and ease and made many friends in a small and distant Irish village.
Their return is eagerly awaited!

— Ron Somers, retired USA Today Sports Journalist now residing in Rostrevor, Ireland

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