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About Us 2017-08-24T02:37:25+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 raise a glass their way when talking origins.  Beer & Hymns is now institutionally unaffiliated, not a part of any organized group — so just blame us — or celebrate with us — directly.

We are based from Mercy Lounge, a killer Nashville rock club downtown off of 8th Avenue — a 19th century warehouse complex and one-time cannery.  Today, it is a hive of creativity, including our group, the largest pub sing we know of (and still generally trust).  With Black Abbey Brewery’s ales — and bravado — we enjoy the finest of Nashville-made craft beer.  [If you’ve not tried these — Black Abbey is served regionally in finer restaurants and bars — and recently… CANS… CANS! OF BEER! In six-packs! At grocery stores! This is gonna be big.]

The goal of our gatherings hasn’t changed since an informal gathering on a Crieve Hall porch deck years ago.  We are on a communal journey to find moments of non-shyly singing together.  It is all about our lovely human voices — gathered together 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, 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 dabble in folk songs (young and old) and radio hits.  We value tradition, but also silliness, mashups, and occasional super-fermatas.  We leaders have noticed that you can do a lot with the human voice and the crowd dynamic.  We sing a capella a fair amount, but ain’t no shame in adding guitar, percussion, other bits when it helps the sound.  Please know:  this is not a concert.  Audience participation is the goal. The crowd is the (actual) stage.

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 songs — included free with your admission.  You can see what these look like in the SONGS area of this website — these change with each event. The one that is up now 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 venues.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.