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Holiday Shapenote Singing

December 17, 2022 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

Join us at the Floyd Country Store on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 3:00 pm for Holiday Shapenote Singing. Admission is free with donations accepted.

Christmas Shapenote Singing

Shape note is an American tradition of unaccompanied harmony singing with roots that stretch back into the Colonial period. It takes its name from the musical notation system to aid in sight-singing where notes are written on the page with different shapes, each corresponding to the degree of the scale. Characterized by open harmonies and a raw, powerful sound, the tradition of shape note singing encourages enthusiasm over accuracy. While the texts are primarily Christian, folks of all faiths participate in the singing. You can find shape note singers all over the country and the world, but Chris Wolf carries on this tradition in Floyd County. He teaches shape note singing at Springhouse Community School and also holds singing two evenings a month open to anyone interested in joining. While it is music designed more for participation than performance, community members and students will share shape note tunes for about an hour on December 17 – we hope you enjoy!


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