Welcome to the page of The Flock of Free Range Children.
On March 15th, “The Flock of Free Range Children” will be putting on a special concert for the benefit of the Willard Chapel at the Willard Chapel, Seminary Street, Auburn, New York. The concert will begin at 2 P.M. and wrap up about 3:30 P.M.
This concert will consist of 11-13 songs written by Ron van Nostrand and arranged by the members of “The Flock of Free Range Children.” Many different instruments will be used in it’s production, with many not being of the usual variety. The admission price is $10 with all monies raised going to the Chapel.
Between now and then this page will be used to introduce the public to members of the group, the songs that will be performed and some of the back stories involved in their creation. It is our hope by making you familiar with what we do, it will enhance your enjoyment of the concert itself. It also will be helpful during the sing-a-longs, if one is familiar with the words. Hope to see you here and there. ~ Ron van Nostrand
Some Flock History
“The Flock of Free Range Children” is an eclectic folk orchestra comprised of performers from all walks of life. Using a variety of acoustical and electrical instruments, percussion from different cultures and even child toys, they tell the story of our relationship as people, with our planet and each other as seen through the eyes of songwriter & singer, Ronald van Nostrand.
“The Flock” was formed in the spring of 2011 in desperation when Ron realized after booking an engagement at the Paranormal Fair in Auburn, that his usual musical partner, Dan Cleveland, would be vacationing in San Francisco at that time. For some reason, he really wanted to do the show, so he decided to put together a program consisting of songs he’d written containing words like spirit and such. Fearing intimidation by playing solo in front of perhaps a large crowd, he began enlisting people from his drum circles and others who he had talked to about perhaps “doing something together sometime.” Everyone said yes. They listened to the music and became a vital part of the story. Together they have merged their separate talents to become a flock; the often heard musical melody of the meadows, who work together as a team to create a palette of sound.