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Raleigh Ringers

We went to Lincoln to see the Raleigh Ringers last night. They are a community bell group from Raleigh, North Carolina. They are arguably the best handbell group in the world. Their concert last night was amazing! They played incredible original handbell pieces, as well as arrangements of classical favorites. They’re also known for their arrangement of classic rock favorites, some of which they played last night. It was really fun to watch their technique, but it was their showmanship that was truly entertaining.

Check out the HUGE bells!

What kept catching my eye, though, was the striking familiarity of two of the ringers. The players kept shuffling between songs, and when these two finally stood next to each other, I finally understood: They were doubles for Lloyd and Lauren. Look at the bearded man and the woman next to him. Aren’t they dead ringers for the Sommerers?

See what I mean?


  1. Deanne

    Dead ringers… ha, ha.

  2. Lauren

    I wish my hair looked that good.

  3. Annette

    Thanks for clarifying which two.

  4. Peggy

    I bet that was amazing!!! (*&%$) And I raleigh want to hear the sound those HUGE bells make.

    What rock songs did they do?

    • Brad

      Hotel California, Pinball Wizard, and Stairway to Heaven. They also played Wizards in Winter from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

      • Peggy

        Awwwwwwwsome!!! BTW: Do the Raleigh Ringers only have to know how to count to 4?

  5. Beth

    I’m just glad you asked that guy to hold that bell for your picture. It wouldn’t have seemed so huge without the guy for scale.

  6. Carol

    I’ve actually heard of/heard the RR’s- on PBS, I think, and they were amazing alrightee! They have a web site somewhere (didn’t check before i started typing – sorry!) and one can order CDs of their work/concerts, etc., there. I nearly bought some for Melody one of the years she handled bells at BLS. (Yes, Seward – the hand bell/math lady then was named Melody…Bell, no less. Would anyone make that up??)

  7. kiwe

    Our local bell choir call themselves the Sonora Ding-A-Lings

    • Beth

      That’s unfortunate. Heh.

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