Internationally recognized Celtic musicians Shannon and Matt Heaton join our River Rock Band for a special evening of music at our alternative service in Clark Hall.

 Celtic Christmas

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The sound of Irish flute, pennywhistle, guitar, bouzouki, and great voices will fill the night as Hancock Church celebrates a Celtic Christmas at its evening alternative service, Worship @the Well, on December 22nd at 6:15 p.m. Internationally recognized Celtic musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton will join the Well’s resident ensemble, the River Rock Band, for an evening of traditional carols and songs of the season in true Celtic style. Music will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Boston-based Matt and Shannon Heaton play traditional and updated Irish music on flute, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, and voices. Their inventive approach to traditional tunes and ballads, their variety of instruments, and their blend of new and old music creates a robust “band” sound the Boston Herald called “majestic excellence.” Winner of Live Ireland’s “Trad Fusion Album of the Year,” the Heatons move seamlessly from harmony singing, to driving flute tunes, to lush guitar lines, creating a big, layered, modern sound. The River Rock Band is led by Hancock’s Director of Music, Mark Morgan, and features a rotating ensemble of professional and talented amateur players who play music from around the world and across the centuries in worship each week.

The Well takes place each Sunday night at 6:15 in Clark Hall at Hancock Church, 1912 Massachusetts Ave, on the Battle Green in Lexington center. The Well is an informal, intimate service where joys and concerns are shared, scripture is read, a brief message spoken, prayers are offered, and communion is served. Hancock Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ and welcomes all regardless of sexual orientation or religious background.

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