The song Consolation New appears on page 143 of The Shenandoah Harmony. Although it was first published in Harrisburg, Pa. in 1813, the tune is probably far older. Ananias Davisson rearranged the tune in 1822 and included it in A Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, ed.2. We added an alto part in 2012.
Here’s a video from a singing in Hadley, Massachusetts. Our friend Becky Wright is leading the group, which is arranged in a “hollow square” formation.
Becky chose a fairly slow tempo for the song. Here’s a faster recording with a small group, from December 2013 in Easton, Pa.