Shapenote music dates from American colonial times and is characterized by fervent a capella singing in four-part dispersed harmony. You may also have heard it referred to as “Sacred Harp” music, after the most widely used shapenote songbook. In recent years, it has had its biggest public airing in the soundtrack for the movie “Cold Mountain.”
Shapenote is still alive and well and sung all over the country. In the Seattle area, several groups meet throughout the year, and there is a big annual convention. That’s coming up on February 20 and 21, 2010 (Saturday and Sunday). it will be held at the Mercer Island VFW Hall at 1836 72nd Ave. SE, Mercer Island, from 9-3 each day. There will be a potluck dinner at noon on both days. With any luck, you’ll even hear me there!
Admission is free. Come and sing or listen. Children are welcome, but there is no childcare provided. For more information, check http://www.seattlesacredharp.org/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (206-366-5317).