We are starting a new Sacred Harp Singing, a form of shapenote singing, in Nelson. Sacred Harp is an older form of choral singing which originated in New England in the 18th century and is enjoying a resurgence among those interested in folk forms, sacred music and/or just the sheer joy of singing with a group. It is not “performance” music and it is sung as a group, unaccompanied by any instrument. More information and examples may be found at the website www.fasola.org or on YouTube (look for sacred harp).
The first sing will take place on Sunday, October 14, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Nelson Congregational Church. NO experience is necessary. If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try. We will have several extra books to lend for the session. If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.