Will the Circle Be Unbroken
piano/SATB – words Ada R. Habershon (1907) music by Charles H. Gabriel, adapted by the Carter Family, arr. by Peter & Mary Alice Amidon
Peter Amidon arranged this for the Guilford (VT) Community Church UCC October 11, 2020 virtual service in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is based on Peter and Mary Alice’s son Sam Amidon’s performance of the song. The original hymn text is by Ada R. Habershon, 1907 and the music by Charles H. Gabriel. The Carter Family created new verses for the song. The crooked rhythms reflect the Carter family’s performance. Peter and Mary Alice’s son Stefan plays bass, Peter piano, and the Guilford Community Church Choir sings harmony on the virtual performance movie Peter put together for the online (pre-recorded) service. Here is the movie of Sam and the Guilford Choir, followed by two great historical performances of the song that inspired this arrangement.