Auburnaires to perform at Victorian celebration
The “Auburnaires” have been singing barbershop, do-wop, gospel, Christmas music, and their own creative songs at parties and festivals for the past six years.
The group was started in 1996, when attorney Stuart Rawlings moved to Auburn from the San Francisco Bay Area. He placed an ad in the Auburn Journal and soon found three other singers to harmonize on such songs a “Let Me be Your Sweetheart,” “In the Still of the Night,” “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds” and “The Christmas Song.”
Since then they have sung at numerous birthdays, barbecues, festivals, parades and weddings. They also perform every year at Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas.
Among their original songs are “In Our Home” (about living on a ridge above the American River), “Praise the Lord for Children” (about adopted children), “I’m Just a Nut on My Family Tree” (about the family of humankind), “Austin’s Song” (about Stuart’s son) and “Christmas in Auburn.” They also write songs for special occasions such as weddings and school reunions.
Rawlings is the bass singer, guitar player, and leader. He works for Placer County Mental Health and is a professor of Sociology at two Sacramento universities. Jane Roach is the tenor and a keyboard player for Placer High School and the First Congregational Church.
Lesa Edlunds was the soprano and cantor for Auburn’s St. Teresa’s Church, and she is now with the St. Dominic’s Choir in Colfax.
Baritone Manuel Varela is an electrician. Lesa and Manuel plan to
be married next year.
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