A New Four-Shape Tunebook

About the Book

The inspiration for The Shenandoah Harmony was to create a collection of the best songs published by Ananias Davisson from 1815 to 1825 in the Shenandoah Valley.

These works include five editions of the Kentucky Harmony and three editions of the Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, which combine New England composed tunes with the arranged folk melodies of the era.

Updates

Isaac Watts talk by Thomas Ward

Our friend, Thomas Ward, gives a lively and intense presentation…
June 11, 2018/by Kelly

In Memory of John Bayer, Jr.

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!)
January 11, 2017/by Kelly

The Pros and Cons of Imitating the South

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!
February 23, 2016/by Kelly

The Electronic Edition

The entire Shenandoah Harmony is available as a hyperlinked…
May 30, 2013/by Rachel

Did Lucius Chapin write the Amazing Grace tune?

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. An 1828 manuscript by Lucius Chapin (1760-1842), who was famous in his day as a hymn tune writer, raises the possibility that Lucius was its composer.
May 12, 2015/by Rachel

Download the demo Shenandoah packet

Here is our 84-page preview of the Shenandoah Harmony.  We sang…
April 29, 2012/by Rachel

Index To Recordings

Links to recordings of all-day singings
February 3, 2018/by Rachel

The (in)Complete Recordings

Here are over 450 recordings to help you learn songs from The Shenandoah Harmony. To download a song, click to start it playing and then click "Download."
May 15, 2014/by Rachel

Shenandoah sampler discs

We've had numerous requests to make some sampler CDs for…
September 6, 2013/by Rachel

Long-lost Shenandoah tunebook found

It's rare to discover lost shape-note songs, let alone entire…
July 25, 2013/by Rachel

Charts and graphs, oh my!

Being a mathematically-inclined person, I'm always interested…
July 13, 2012/by Rachel

“One of the most beautiful of those old minors”

In the early stages of working on The Shenandoah Harmony,…
July 6, 2012/by Rachel