First Annual All-Day Singing from the Shenandoah Harmony...

Jan 11, 2013 by

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...

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Check us out in the Sacred Harp Newsletter!...

Sep 13, 2012 by

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...

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184 Sinai

Jun 29, 2012 by

We first encountered ShH 184 SINAI (1801) in Hauser’s Hesperian Harp (1848). It is the best known composition of the teenaged Woodruff, who drowned at the age of nineteen. Back in the day, the alto, or counter, part was often sung by boys, and we like to think that Merit wrote this fantastic alto part to sing himself. This recording is from the Northern Shenandoah Valley All-Day Shenandoah Singing,...

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