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About Us 2017-04-04T21:16:54+00:00

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Our group has had many events large and small since our first Nov 1, 2013, gathering at Mad Donna’s (RIP, friend) formerly in East Nashville.  The Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville was a big part of getting us off the ground — we quickly raise a glass their way when talking origins.  Beer & Hymns is now institutionally unaffiliated, not a part of any organized group — so you can just blame us — or celebrate with us — directly.

We are proudly based from Mercy Lounge, a killer Nashville rock club downtown off of 8th Avenue — an old 19th century warehouse complex — once used for canning.  Today, it is a hive of creativity, including our group, the largest pub sing we know of.  With Black Abbey Brewery’s ales — and bravado — we also enjoy the finest of Nashville-made craft beer at our nights.  If you’ve not tried these before — Black Abbey is served throughout the region in finer restaurants and bars (and go see them at their Sidco Drive taproom!)

The goal of our gatherings hasn’t changed since meeting on a private porch deck in the Crieve Hall neighborhood of Nashville years ago.  We are on a communal journey to find moments of singing together, moments of transcendence, as one.  It is all about human voices — in a present moment.

Beer & Hymns in Nashville has enjoyed media coverage in The Tennessean, NewsChannel 5, Fox 17, Nashville Scene and USA Today.  The founder and leader is Nashvillian Geoff Little, who relies on world class friends and super helpful partners – including Carl Meier and the Black Abbey Brewery team, and John Bruton, Adrienne Ervin, and the Mercy Lounge staff.  Our manager Jim Hughes has come beside us in recent years.  Thanks, everyone.  Great is your faithfulness.

WHAT TO EXPECT

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A GOOD TIME

We gather.  We socialize (including drinking, but no pressure, water and sodas are available as well).  We sing.  We meet new people.  We are friendly to each other.

Our bread and butter are hymns 100 or more years old — but we also dabble in folk songs (young and old), and bits of pop songs.  We value tradition, but also silliness, mashups, and occasional super-fermatas.  Simply, we leaders have noticed that you can do a lot with the human voice and the crowd dynamic.  We mostly sing a cappella with bits of percussion and acoustic guitar.  Please know:  this is not a concert.  Audience participation is the goal.

We sing about 8 songs, take a 15 minute break, then repeat.  We do three sets.  We list the songs in advance for the night.  Then surprise ourselves with bonus tracks mixed-in.  We also are known to have a special guest or dramatic feature messing up the predictability — in a good way.

We have pre-made booklets of hymns — included free with your admission.  You can see what these look like in the SONGS area of the website — these change with each event.  The one that is up is probably from the last event.

We event organizers humbly ask our guests to please bring money for the purchase of beverages (and/or available food) from the bar – we want to be good partners with our venue.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.