All singers, whether trained or not, whether you can read shapes or not, are always welcome. We always have extra books (which you can buy if you want) at our sings. Everyone who wants gets a chance to pick and lead songs; we provide free "on the job" training.
We have a fairly informal structure. The organizing committee currently includes the following. (Note: remove the underscore from all mail addresses.) Mary Brinkman (secretary, past song leader), Charles Coulston (song leader, treasurer), Zachary Davis, Raphael Finkel, Keith MacAdam, James Thobaben, and Ron Pen (past song leader). Every singing, someone is appointed by the song leader to be the convener; the convener makes sure everyone who wants has a chance to lead.
Here is a picture taken December, 2008 at a joint singing with the Berea Shape Note group
at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Mercer County, Kentucky.
|Sun, Sept 9||UK Niles Gallery, Lexington||3-5pm|
|Sun, Oct 14||UK Niles Gallery, Lexington||3-5pm|
|Sun, Nov 11||UK Niles Gallery, Lexington||3-5pm|
|Sun, Dec 9||Mount Zion Church, Mercer County, KY photo||3-supper|
|Sun, Jan 13||UK Niles Gallery, Lexington||3-5pm|
|Sun, Feb 10||UK Niles Gallery, Lexington||3-5pm|
|Sun, Mar 10||UK Niles Gallery, Lexington||3-5pm|
|Sun, Apr 14||UK Niles Gallery, Lexington||3-5pm|
|Sun, May 12||UK Niles Gallery, Lexington||3-5pm|
|Sat, May 18||KY Singing Convention, Pisgah presbyterian Church, Versailles, KY||9am-3pm|
Our annual singing (the Kentucky Sacred Harp Singing Convention) is the Saturday before the third Sunday in May. We have held the convention in the Pisgah Presbyterian Church a few miles West of Lexington since 1995.
We also present occasional concerts at local churches and art venues.
Tim Eriksen Thursday, April 11, 2013, in the John Jacob Niles Gallery of the Little Fine Arts Library, University of Kentucky. There will be a trio concert at noon, then a Shape Note singing school from 7:00-9:00pm in the same location.
You can hear the Tim Eriksen Trio on YouTube and watch another YouTube video.
Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He is perhaps most famous for his involvement in the shape note music for the movie, Cold Mountain, and as founder of the hardcore Americana band Cordelia's Dad, but he has been involved with numerous artists and genre-crossing projects. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto – a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass – creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing on his album Soul of the January Hills through the stripped-down voice and bajo sexto Christmas album Star in the East to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on Josh Billings Voyage, the new album of northern roots American music from the imaginary New England village of Pumpkintown. Contact: Donna Kwon.
Cincinnati, OH: Second Sundays, 4:30p-7:30p, Community Friends Meeting, 3960 Winding Way, Cincinnati, OH 45229. John Bealle (remove underscore from mail address), (513) 861-1137.
Louisville, KY (Ohio Valley Shape Note Singers): Third Sundays, 2:30p-4:30p, Vine Street Baptist Church. Michele Cull (remove underscore from mail address) Michele Cull (502) 533-7510. Web: http://sites.google.com/site/ohiovalleyshapes2
Louisville, KY (More the Merrier Shape Note Singers): First Sundays, 6p-9p, place to be announced. Tim Morton (remove underscore from mail address)
Various songbooks are available from various sources, generally at cost. We sell both the Sacred Harp and Southern Harmony at cost. You can get the newly revised 1994 edition of Christian Harmony from the Alabama Christian Harmony Singing Association, PO Box 535, Centreville, AL 35042. Feel free to send mail to any of our organizing committee (listed above).