Pilgrims’ Progress 2018

In 2018, Seven Times Salt marks our fifteenth year as a band. To celebrate, this April we will record one of our very first and most beloved programs, Pilgrims’ Progress: Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers, at the historic 1717 Meetinghouse in West Barnstable, MA. This incredible 300-year-old building has perfect acoustics for early instruments and voices, and we’re excited to have sound engineer extraordinaire Dave Jamrog joining us to record the album, and noted viol player and musicologist Sarah Mead (a direct descendant of one of the 18th-century pastors of this congregation!) joining us to produce it.

Thanks to generous donations this winter, we’re already a big step closer to our goal, and we need your help! We need to raise $7,000 to finance the recording, editing, design and production of the new album. Please consider helping us with a tax-deductible gift through Fractured Atlas. Donations of any amount are welcome; every bit helps.

We’re not crowdfunding through Indiegogo this time, but there are still fantastic perks for donors including autographed CDs, your name listed as donor, and others (see below). We’ll post updates here and on Facebook as we reach our goal.

UPDATE 1/10/2018

Thanks to a number of wonderful donors, we have now raised more than $2000 towards our goal! Please consider helping us break the 50% mark in January; as an added incentive, here are some great rewards that you can receive for your donation:

Perks for Donors 

$25 – Album Download 
$50 – Signed CD 
$75 – Signed CD and 2 Tickets to an STS concert of your choice in Fall 2018/Spring 2019 
$100 – Signed CD, Name Listed as Donor, 2 tickets to an STS concert in Fall 2018/Spring 2019 
$150 – Signed CD and Feldenkrais Tune-up with Josh Schreiber Shalem 
$250 – Wine Tasting for Two, CD, Name Listed, 2 tickets to an STS concert in Fall 2018/Spring 2019 
$500 – Wine Tasting for Four, CD, Name Listed, 2 tickets to an STS concert in Fall 2018/Spring 2019 
$750 – Italian Dinner for Four, CD, Name Listed, 2 tickets to an STS concert in Fall 2018/Spring 2019 
$1000 – STS House Concert, CD, Name Listed, 2 tickets to an STS concert in Fall 2018/Spring 2019 
$2500 – Executive Producer Credit, CD, Season Tickets, 1717 Meetinghouse Tour

 

About the Program

Contrary to what the history books tell us, the Plimoth colonists or “Pilgrims” were a highly diverse group of Separatists and Anglicans, religious zealots and irreverent opportunists–many of whom had lived in the Netherlands prior to their emigration, and some of whom were Dutch. They brought with them experiences of music as diverse as their reasons for coming to the New World. Our program follows the settlers from their homes in England’s cities and countryside, to religious refuge in the Netherlands, and onward to their challenging, though fulfilling, life in Plimoth Colony. The settlers worked hard and worshipped in their new town, but also found time to entertain themselves with singing and games.  

We’ll celebrate the Meetinghouse’s 300th anniversary with music of Morley, Dowland, and van Eyck; spirited catches by Ravenscroft; selections from the Dutch ‘t Uitnement Kabinet, stirring psalms from Sternhold & Hopkins’ Whole Booke of Psalmes, and  vigorous dance tunes from John Playford’s English Dancing Master.