Lehigh Valley All-Day 2017 Recordings...

Jan 8, 2018 by

Morning ShH 077 CollinsShH 108 Amazing GraceShH 264t AnimationShH 103 Babe of BethlehemShH 163 My Brethren AllShH 028t Heavenly DoveShH 183 ParisShH 040 Road's TownShH 381 AbenakiShH 226 Thorny DesertShH 147 River of JordanShH 114 Youthful BlessingsShH 115 Complaint - Ah! whither should I goShH 303 Cumberland - Come all ye happy raceShH 264b MillbrookShH 112 Better Days ComingShH 145 EtheridgeShH 079 HeckShH 101 MadnessShH 336 DevotionShH 431 North ProvidenceShH 069 AlsteadShH 222 Funeral HymnShH 022b Psalm 30ShH 197 Sixty-Five SouthShH 332 Bonnie DoonShH 239 Voice to the ShepherdsShH 300b LivoniaShH 348t Sovereign GraceShH 408b Shepherds AriseShH 403 Hicks' FarewellShH 099 HartfordShH 245 BostonShH 157 NuremburgShH 236t WantageShH 066 Night of the GraveShH 015 ConverseShH 078 StaffordShH 081 Shepherd's StarShH 243 Balm in GileadShH 146 SamanthraShH 266 AustriaShH 120t I Walked AbroadShH 416 Psalm...

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In Memory of John Bayer, Jr.

Jan 11, 2017 by

In Memory of John Bayer, Jr. by Kelly Macklin John Bayer, Jr. passed away on December 8, 2016 just over a year after the death of his wife, Loraine. They are survived by their children, Regina, Hans, and Jubal, and four grandchildren. I first met John Bayer in September 1990 at the United Convention in Chicago (held for the first time out of the South!) My husband, John, and I were new singers and this was one of our first conventions. John Bayer was also a fairly new shape note singer, but I never realized that until much later, as he was a strong, vibrant and enthusiastic singer who seemed as though he had sung this music all his life. He was a bear of a man, with a beautiful, clear tenor who could...

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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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