Story telling event at NSV double all day...

May 25, 2016 by

Kevin Griffin Moreno May 25 at 12:54pm Since some folks have been asking, here is info about the inaugural “Shape Note Stories” event that will take place at the social on June 4 in the evening. We are inviting folks to share short narratives that illuminate their experience with the shape note singing tradition. Four featured storytellers will kick things off with 5-7-minute anecdotes. After that, we’ll open up the floor to 3-5-min. stories from whoever has a tale to share. The storytelling will end promptly after 90 mins., but folks should of course feel free to continue trading tales around the fire. Don’t be shy about telling a story! If you’re a shape note singer, then you have at least one story to offer, regardless of how new or experienced you are. Here...

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The Pros and Cons of Imitating the South...

Feb 23, 2016 by

We recently came across this article in a copy of Shape Notes, a newsletter edited by Bob Hall and Ella Wilcox for several years in the Washington, D. C. area. Our good friend, Kat Kinkade wrote this in 1995. It still seems relevant today! Kat was one of the founders of Twin Oaks, the longest surviving income sharing, non-religious commune in the U. S., and author of several books about it. As you can tell from the article she was an enthusiastic and articulate singer. THE PROS AND CONS OF IMITATING THE SOUTH by Kat Kinkade, Louisa VA, first published in 1995 in Shape Notes, a newsletter by Bob Hall and Ella Wilcox I attended the New York State convention in October and listened to Judy Hauff give a talk that dealt with, among...

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Did Lucius Chapin write the Amazing Grace tune?...

May 12, 2015 by

The melody sung to John Newton’s 1779 hymn “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound” is, without a doubt, America’s best-loved hymn tune. Rachel discovered an 1828 manuscript by Lucius Chapin (1760-1842), who was famous in his day as a hymn tune writer, that raises the possibility that Lucius was its composer.

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Download the (in)Complete Recordings...

Sep 15, 2014 by

We’ve had a number of requests for a way to download all the recordings from our (in)complete recordings playlists. Here goes… Just a warning – as of September 15, 2014 we have 374 songs in the playlist, for a total of 1.72 GB and 13 hours (long car trip?).

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