PUTNEY -- The Bright Wings Chorus performs on Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Sandglass Theater, to kick off a whirlwind, three-concert mini-tour of Vermont.
The Bright Wings Chorus is a group of singers who perform traditional and original American harmony. Soulful, rhythmic and soaring, the Bright Wings repertoire includes shape-note hymns, Appalachian ballads and gospel quartets. Shaped by years of touring with Northern Harmony and other prominent choral ensembles, the singers include Wheaton Squier, Brendan Taaffe, Michael Cicone, Ian McGullam, Rachel Gordon, Addie Rose Holland, Mia Bertelli, Kimaya Diggs, Julia Mara Wayne, Katie Trautz and Emily Thompson.
In 2012, the group recorded its second album, "Signs and Wonders," and will be performing a selection of songs from that and from their first album, "Here Below." Of that first album, featured in The Utne Reader, one reviewer wrote "If you are moved by the sacred, if you need music that takes hold of your bones and won’t let go, you should own a copy of ‘Here Below.’ It’s simply the most powerful stuff I’ve heard in a long time and I don’t know what to do with it except tell you over and over that you must have it."
After the Jan. 24 concert in Putney, the group will perform on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the Old Firehouse in Tinmouth, and Sunday at 7 p.m., at the Old Meeting House in Montpelier.
Admission is $12, $10 for students and seniors.
For more information, find the group at facebook.com/ brightwingschorus.