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Boston Minstrel Company Silouette

Minstrel n  (Historical Term) a medieval wandering musician who performed songs or recited poetry with instrumental accompaniment

Vision:  Making music with heart among isolated people living in poverty.


When the loneliness of seclusion and pain of homelessness are impacted by music, a sense of human connection and positive change develops.  When guest or resident becomes the performer, there is transformation.  Hope is forged. Live interactive music activates joy and conjures up possibility.  Music heals.

Enter the Boston Minstrels, Boston’s troupe of volunteer singers and musicians that offer compassionate and creative musical expression to folks residing in shelters, prisons, and senior homes.

Since 1991, the Minstrels have been providing energetic and warm-hearted performances that lift people’s spirits.  The benefits of live music, participatory singing and dancing are now proven to lift emotional states, ignite imagination, and arouse joy and revelry.  When the curtain falls, all are in a state of happiness and well-being.

There are over seventy Minstrel events yearly and nearly one hundred volunteers comprise the chorale.  Thousands of participants are rejuvenated every year.


Announcements and Features


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Listen to Interview with Adam Ragusea of WBUR

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Mark Teehan from WERS *mp3



September/October Calendar of Events


Fri 9/11 United Parish 64 Hancock St., Newton 7:30 PM Rehearsal
Sat 9/12 Brighton Sounds Brighton Common on Chestnut Hill Av. just south of Brighton Center 3:00 PM Outdoor Concert
Sat 9/19 Minstrel Retreat

Boston Harbor Cruise aboard "The Beacon" From 3:30PM – 5:30PM  Followed by dinner at Kinsale

Aft/eve Annual Outing
Sun 9/27 Allston Brighton Parade


Meet at Tim's house, 102 Litchfield St. Park in Star Market (on Western Ave.) lot,  at 11AM sharp, we will practice a few  songs then shuttle up to line up for the parade.

Parade begins at 1PM, we walk the 2 miles down Brighton Avenue to Washington Street and end at a party at Oak Square.  We will be singing, dancing and giving out beads – asking people to join us singing!

11:00 AM After Party Too!
Wed 9/30 Longwood Racquet Club 564 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill 6-9:00 PM After BBQ Songfest
Fri 10/9 United Parish 64 Hancock St., Newton 7:30 PM Rehearsal
Tues 10/13 Medieros Center 25 Isabella St, South End 10:30 AM Lunch Songfest
Th 10/15 NECHV 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM Workshop
Th 10/22 NECHV 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM Workshop
Fri 10/23 Allston Farmer's Market Barry's Corner, Allston 3:30 PM Community Party
Th 10/29 NECHV 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM Workshop
Fri 10/30 Father Bill's Place 38 Broad St., Quincy 7:30 PM Songfest


Click for entire 2015 Calendar of Events



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