The NSV double all day social will host a story telling event on Saturday evening, June 4. Boyce VA

Demo electronic edition

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in All Categories, Downloads, eBook, News | 1 comment

eBookWe are pleased to offer an electronic edition of The Shenandoah Harmony. It is available for $12 or the equivalent in your currency. The ebook is a PDF, so you can save it on your computer, tablet, and/or smart phone. It has everything that’s in the print book, plus additional indices and bibliography, including fuller source and composer information, a chronological index of songs, and a chronological index of texts, with hyperlinks to the songs.

Directions: We have prepared a free 100+ page demo version (below). We recommend using Adobe Reader or any PDF Reader that allows you to type in a page number or follow hyperlinks.  The ebook has been arranged with the songs first so you can easily go to a song by typing in its page number.

  • All blue text is hyperlinked.  On a touch screen, you may have to magnify the page to get the hyperlinks to work.
  • To get started, follow the link on the first page to the Table of Contents.  Please read the Terms of Use.  You can also follow links to all the indices.
  • You can navigate to a song either by entering its page number directly (if your viewer permits) or through the indices, by following the hyperlinks to the song’s page.
  • Most PDF readers have a feature that shows “bookmarks” for the file and these also take you to the various indices.
  • You may also add your own comments to the files – for example, highlighting titles of songs you like – if you have a PDF reader that allows this.

Download (DEMO-Shenandoah-Harmony-ebook.pdf, PDF, 2.34MB)


What they’re saying about us

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in All Categories, News, Reviews | Comments Off on What they’re saying about us

We’re so very excited that the book is being reviewed!  We sent an advance electronic copy to Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam of the UK Sacred Harp and Shape Note Singers.  Here’s a few excerpts from their thoughtful and positive review–you can read the entire review HERE.

In a time of recession that stretches beyond national and geographical boundaries, there is a lot to be said for comfort derived from the past.  For many the arrival of The Shenandoah Harmony, in content and form an homage to sacred and secular music over more than two hundred years, will be welcomed as a ray of light in an otherwise troubled world.  …


What started out as an intention to bring the music and the times of the Kentucky Harmony to a 21st -century audience, has patently expanded to embrace the demands of a new generation of singers and composers who have been eager for the opportunity to be more involved with this exciting genre.  Were there any doubt about this, the YouTube videos and recordings of enthusiastic renderings of The Shenandoah Harmony sampler collection from early 2012 onwards, are more than sufficient testament. Thanks are due to the groups of singers on both sides of the Atlantic who, over the past year, have welcomed these tunes into their shapenote repertoire. The leap of faith shown by The Shenandoah Harmony Music Committee in their decision to self-publish a new anthology for a new millennium is well justified.  The times certainly are a-changing, order your copy now.


Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam
February 2013

Steven Sabol is a longtime singer and author of the informative Sacred Harp & Shape-Note Music Resources page.  He posted about the Shenandoah on the Fasola discussions list on February 20th (reposted here with his permission):

I bought my copy last night at the DC Capitol Hill singing and sang from it for around two hours.  Lots of wonderful old songs (perhaps 2/3 in minor keys) [ed: the actual total is 53%] originally published in around 70 old collections from various parts of the US, with some emphasis on the songs published by Ananias Davisson. Remarkably, each tune has a code at the top indicating the original source and the page number on that source. Leafing through the book on the subway ride home, I found some beautiful well-known songs that years ago I learned from other tunebooks currently in print (Christian Harmony, Northern Harmony, and Missouri Harmony), such as Babylonian Captivity, Samanthra, Captain Kidd/Green Meadows, Converse, Thorny Desert, Pennsylvania, Harvest Hymn, and The Apple Tree, but most tunes were unfamiliar to me.  There is essentially no overlap with The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition except for a couple of tunes presented differently, such as the great tune Stafford now with inoffensive lyrics (finally, we can now sing that song!).  As mentioned, the publication and typesetting quality are first-rate.  I am in awe over the fact that the Music Committee, which consists of Sacred Harpers with extensive singing but not previous musicological and publishing experience, were able to go through the learning curve required to produce such a first-rate, well researched magnum opus after only two years of work.  I recommend that everyone buy a copy!


Steven Sabol

Bethesda, MD

Keystone 2013 Recordings

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in All Categories, Downloads, News, Recordings, Songs | Comments Off on Keystone 2013 Recordings

IMG_0303We debuted our preview packet at the 2012 Keystone Convention in Bethlehem PA. We’re hoping that this session, from Keystone 2013 in Philadelphia, was the last big singing from the packet before the book is available. It’s interesting to compare these recordings with Keystone 2012.  What a year we’ve had!  Many thanks to Kevin Griffin Moreno for keying and all who stayed and sang with us after a long day.

Note that the code before each track name (like “ShH 157”) gives the page number in the forthcoming book. To download a song, start it playing and right-click on “DOWNLOAD MP3.” If you’d like a copy of the preview packet, you can obtain one HERE.

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First Annual All-Day Singing from the Shenandoah Harmony

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in All Categories, News, Past Events | Comments Off on First Annual All-Day Singing from the Shenandoah Harmony

(c) 2009 Robert Kelley.  Used by permission.

(c) 2009 Robert Kelley. Used by permission.

The First Annual All-Day Singing from The Shenandoah Harmony  will be on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Ruritan Hall in Cross Keys, VA, which is located directly across from Ananias Davisson’s gravesite. Davisson was the compiler of the Kentucky Harmony  and lived a few minutes from this site, near Harrisonburg VA. This is a beautiful site with sweeping views. The hall has plaster walls and wooden ceiling and hard floor.

The singing is preceded by the Northern Shenandoah Valley All-Day Sacred Harp Singing in Bluemont, VA and a social in nearby Boyce, VA.  Attendees for both days are encouraged to find accommodations near Winchester and carpool to the singing in Cross Keys.  Recommended hotels include the Red Roof Inn, the Best Western Lee-Jackson Inn, and Travelodge, all near the intersection of I-81 and Millwood Pike (exit 313, Rte. 50).

Details are on the flyer HERE.  Google maps of both locations are here:  BLUEMONT and CROSS KEYS.  If you are using a GPS on Sunday, search for Cross Keys Cemetery, as the location of the Ruritan Hall is incorrect on Google maps.

Here are some more photos of Cross Keys from our friend Robert Kelley: FLICKR

Check us out in the Sacred Harp Newsletter!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in News, Recordings, Songs | Comments Off on Check us out in the Sacred Harp Newsletter!

Our friend Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg invited us to write an article about the forthcoming publication of The Shenandoah Harmony. The result appears in the newest issue of The Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter.  In addition to a brief summary of the project and our progress thus far, we’ve highlighted four of our favorite songs with links to YouTube videos: Chapin’s PSALM 30 (1813), Wyeth & Davisson’s CONSOLATION NEW (1813), Richard Popp’s STONY ISLAND (1994), and Merit Woodruff’s SINAI (1801).  The first two recordings are from the Keystone Convention and the second two are from the NSV All-Day.  Thanks to all of you who helped us sing!  Here’s the article.

NSV 2012 All-Day Recordings

Posted by on Jun 9, 2012 in All Categories, Downloads, News, Recordings, Songs | Comments Off on NSV 2012 All-Day Recordings

Here are the recordings from our very first all-day singing, June 3, 2012, in Millwood, Virginia. They’re rough but spirited!  I’ve divided them into three playlists, one for each session, with the songs in the order they were called. Songs that are in the preview packet have a number (like “P36”) in front of them, indicating the page in the packet.

If you would like to download an individual song, click on the title to start it playing.  You will see a link to download the file.  Right-click to download.

Morning session 1

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ShH-P12-Jolly-Soldier.mp3″ captions=”NSV All-Day 2012″ dload=”y” width=”50%” vol=”100″]

Morning session 2

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ShH-P28-Poole.mp3″ dload=”y” width=”50%” vol=”100″]

Afternoon session

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Keystone 2012 Recordings

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Downloads, News, Recordings | Comments Off on Keystone 2012 Recordings

After an exhilarating and exhausting day singing from the Sacred Harp at the Keystone Convention in January 2012, we pulled out the new Shenandoah Harmony packets, and wow! The resulting recording is now available for free download. Note that the code before each track name (like “P52”) gives the page number in our preview packet.

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