Thursday, March 31
Back in 1985, Tim McHale gathered up a few of his friends in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood and went caroling during the holidays at a local nursing home. What he didn’t know at the time, was that this would become his life’s work. The impact of Tim’s “song fests” as he called them, was undeniable. They began doing them year-round. Next, they expanded beyond nursing homes, bringing the music to shelters and prisons. In 1991, Tim founded the Boston Minstrel Company and for 20 years now he’s been leading a vibrant troupe of volunteer singers and musicians that he says are music therapists at heart, if not by training, inspiring—and being inspired by—people who need music the most.