Author Archives: Rachel Wells Hall

About Rachel Wells Hall

Rachel grew up in a family of folk musicians. She first sang shape note music with her mother in the late 1980s in Cincinnati, Ohio, and returned to singing in Philadelphia in 2009. In addition to singing, Rachel plays English concertina, diatonic accordion, piano, fiddle, and tabla. She is an associate professor of mathematics at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

ShH singing and workshop in Cincinnati

On Friday, April 13, 7:30-9:30, Rachel will lead a Shenandoah Harmony singing and workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio. She will lead a brief discussion of the book and answer all your burning questions, then we’ll be singing from a set of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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BALTIMORE (1796) is a local favorite!  We first encountered it in the appendix of Tom Malone’s four-shape edition of Ingalls’ Christian Harmony.  It was originally published in the second edition of The Village Harmony, or Youth’s Assistant to Sacred Music, which … Continue reading

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BOWEN is one of our favorite new shape note songs, by John Bayer of Dayton, Ohio. The words are in the Sweet Songster (1854).

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Jolly Soldier

Here’s JOLLY SOLDIER, which was arranged by Edward R. White for the Social Harp (1855). The words are based on a broadside ballad “The Rambling Sailor” or “The Rambling Soldier.” White only included the first verse in his setting, as … Continue reading

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