Folk Songs of Yesterday & Today

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Christina Nordstrom and Ted Mello of the folk group, Earth Harmony, have teamed up to share songs of yesteryear for senior audiences to bring back memories of times gone by. They perform a collection of traditional standards and folk style songs, along with some contemporary folk tunes for good measure, for local area “Memory Cafes” and Councils on Aging as well as at the Senior Behavioral Health Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth Hospital. In retirement Christina enjoys devoting more time working in her former avocation of writing and performing original and traditional folk music for intergenerational audiences for over 20 years. Ted Mello is a retired human service professional, serving as administrator for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, overseeing both the Plymouth Area and Cape and Islands Area offices. He focuses his time now on performing, playing upright bass and singing tenor harmony. This is a passion he has always had and now enjoys the opportunity to share his love for roots and traditional music. A seasoned performer he has been a member of several popular New England-based traditional roots and bluegrass bands, playing several festival tours with Shady Creek. Ted also plays on the South Shore of Boston with other local bands, including The Lindsays and CrabGrass Bluegrass.

“Your concert yesterday was lovely in every way … it was a real treat, very uplifting, so totally enjoyable. Thank you so much!”

Resident, Sunrise Senior Living, Kennebunk, Maine

 

Our patients at BID Plymouth have enjoyed the experience of live music. It has brought them back to many fond memories; they’re oftentimes able to recall the lyrics of the selections in spite of conditions resulting in memory loss. We thank the musicians for extending their talents to benefit the health and healing of those in our hospital unit. Some statements made by patients include: What great music…I really like those people and hope they come back…I remember those songs from years ago. So nice.”