Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers

Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers

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JohnW_DP
Gig Harbor, WA21 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
My wife and I saw Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singer in the basement of Drayton Hall, the kitchen and area for the enslaved plantation population. It was great. The acapella voices and tight quarters was probably similar to the environment of a plantation praise house. The "call and response" style of singing included the audience in the spiritual experience of singing away troubles. If you have the opportunity see them at Drayton Hall in December, do so.
If you don't have the chance, see Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers at the Circular Congregation Church in Charleston where they perform on a regular basis.
Written December 6, 2015
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Sharon W
Charleston, SC46 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
We took a dinner cruise and Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers were our entertainment. We thoroughly enjoyed the music and how the group interacted with the audience and did their best to sing any requests we made. It was a wonderful treat during the Christmas season.
Written March 22, 2014
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shermcc4
Tampa, FL7 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
Ann and I had emailed back and forth before my last visit to Charleston and she invited us to stop by and hear them perform ( June 16,2016). My daughter is getting married in April 2016 in Charleston and I thought it would be great for our guest and first time visitors to get a taste of the real thing. I also wanted them to experience the heart and soulful emotion of this group. They did not disappoint!!! Met Ann out front and she invited us in...unfortunately we had another meeting at that time so we hurried back afterwards..thought we would sneak back in and sit in the back and observe...oh no..right into the circle at the request of Ann. Needless to say..they all have incredible voices but their humor and interactions within the group and with visitors are priceless. No way could you not leave feeling good
Written June 19, 2015
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siteseer58
Charleston48 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
Beautiful voice, delightful person. A treasure in our fair city. If you have the chance, go see her.
Written March 4, 2015
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Dennis A
Folly Beach, SC41 contributions
Oct 2013 • Family
She is the Charleston version of " Nancy Wilson ". Hearing her sing jazz or gospel will put goose bumps on top of .....She is a incredible treasure and a rare treat.
Written October 10, 2013
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HistoryLover2017
North Carolina550 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
I had the privilege of seeing a private performance by Ann Caldwell and it was witty, funny, beautiful and her voice is amazing! What a wonderful performance. Kudos to Ann!
Written March 13, 2019
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PattyMcC7
Landisville, PA235 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Ann is a charismatic and thoroughly charming lady. She and the Magnolia Singers put on a great show and pull the audience in with stories and songs in the tradition on spirituals and the Gullah people. One-of-a-kind Charleston experience.
Written October 13, 2015
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Veronica L
Charleston, SC2 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
I had the good fortune to see Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers at the Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street. They taught us about the old Negro spirituals and the Praise House and before long, they had us up, singing, clapping, stomping, and dancing. Ann said we would leave at the end of the evening happy, and that we surely did. My friends and I sang all the way home!
Written April 21, 2015
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Bourbarian
Charleston, SC8 contributions
Feb 2015
I first discovered this weekly event in Charleston magazine and, being that my 1 year old daughter loves to dance, thought it would be perfect for us. I wasn't really sure what to expect, thinking it was going to be like gospel singers at the front of a church.

Fortunately that's not what it was like at all! There was a group of about 30 of us arranged in a circle with the singers at the head. That didn't last for long though, for as soon as the singing started they were up moving throughout the circle, dancing, clapping, stomping, etc. It took a great force of will to not jump up and join, as most of us participants can attest to. One woman remarked upon receiving a sheet with response verses that she couldn't sing and most probably wouldn't join in. Ann told her she probably would and by the end, not only did her husband sing a whole verse on his own, but she was singing and clapping and stomping with the rest of us.

Before starting each song a little history was given to explain the significance of what we were about to sing. It was a wonderfully interactive way to learn about a snippet of Gullah culture.

And their voices! My goodness! Rich and velvety, reminiscent at times of an old jazz club, at once all encompassing and intimate. I could never explain it, for words cannot elicit the feelings their voices did.

Definitely something to check out at least once, if not again and again!

Written February 14, 2015
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Joan W
Charleston, SC1 contribution
Feb 2015 • Friends
Last night I was privileged to attend a praise circle at the Circular Congregational Church. A new experience for me and I was completely captivated. The small group of 20 or so adults were comfortably encouraged to experience a new cultural happening. Long a tradition in black Gullah communities a praise circle is a combination of clapping rhythms, chants, dance movements within a biblical context. Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers shared the experience with grace, charm and humor. The evening was a perfect combination of warm acceptance, fine voices and wonderful musical talent.
Written February 11, 2015
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