SACRED HARP SINGING SCHOOL & FILM SCREENING WEEKEND

January 13-14, 2017
Burlington, Vermont

We warmly invite you to join us in Burlington, Vermont for a winter singing school weekend. We are delighted to welcome film directors and long-time Sacred Harp singers Matt and Erica Hinton from Atlanta, Georgia, who will offer a screening of their documentary Awake My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp on Friday evening and teach a singing school on Saturday morning, followed by an afternoon singing. Saturday evening revered Americana musicians Tim Eriksen and Peter Irvine will give a concert.

Learn to sing the early American shape-note harmony of the venerable Sacred Harp tunebook in a workshop taught by acclaimed singing masters Matt and Erica Hinton. This singing workshop, addressed to absolute beginners and more experienced singers alike, begins with the basics of the human voice and group singing, and includes an introduction to reading shape-note music, important aspects of traditional practice and lots of full-on singing. No prior experience required.

The Sacred Harp, first published in 1844 in Georgia, is at the heart of one of America’s most vital, homegrown musical practices. Within its pages, “Amazing Grace” and “Wayfaring Stranger” meet the rafter-rattling “fuging tunes” of early New England, all harmonized for three and four-part social singing, and written in a unique and practical notation system.

The Sacred Harp is an, often, “missing link” in American old-time and early gospel music, and a revelation to Americana enthusiasts from banjo players and ballad singers to fans of early country and folk harmony.
Schedule of Events

Friday, January 13
7:30pm Screening of the documentary Awake My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp, followed by Q & A with directors Matt and Erica Hinton

Saturday, January 14
10:00am to 12:30pm Singing School with Matt and Erica Hinton
12:30pm Dinner on the Grounds (Potluck lunch)
1:30pm to 4:00pm Singing
7:30pm Concert with Tim Eriksen and Peter Irvine at Main St. Landing

Singing will be from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp. Songbooks will be available to borrow and purchase. All are welcome, no singing or musical experience necessary.

Friday events & Saturday singing school at Contois Auditorium, City Hall, 149 Church St, Burlington.

Saturday concert at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre, 60 Lake Street, Burlington.
Housing is available with local singers on Friday and Saturday nights. Contact Anna Mays at anna(dot)mays(at)gmail.com to request housing or for more details.

If you’re on Facebook, let us know you’re coming by indicating “going” on our Singing School Weekend event page and “like” the Sacred Harp Community of Vermont page to receive updates about singings in Vermont.
This event is supported in part by the Outreach Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society www.cdss.org

Watch the documentary trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHUfHNEZDPc

Tim Eriksen Concert

 

“Widely regarded as the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation” — BBC Radio

 

“Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble” – Pulse of the Twin Cities

 

 

Tim Eriksen, PhD (Cordelia’s Dad, the film Cold Mountain), 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. Ethnomusicologist, educator and musician, his students have ranged from inner-city kindergarteners to Nicole Kidman and Jude Law.

 

Eriksen 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 (Appleseed 2010) through the stripped-down voice and bajo sexto Christmas album Star in the East (timeriksenmusic 2012) to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on Josh Billings’s Voyage, an upcoming album of northern roots music.

 

The former frontman of the prophetic groups Cordelia’s Dad (folk-noise), Northampton Harmony (shapenotequartet) and Zabe i Babe (Bosnian folk and pop), Tim Eriksen is the only musician to have shared the stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson, and his media appearances have ranged from Prairie Home Companion to the Academy Awards. Having graduated from early shows at punk mecca CBGB, Tim’s more recent performances have included his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Evan Chambers’ symphonic work “The Old Burying Ground” and two week-long stints at the Blue Note Jazz Club with Omar Sosa. In the studio, he has worked with producers including Joe Boyd, T-Bone Burnett and Steve Albini.

 

While Eriksen’s curiosity and passion have led him on many musical journeys besides American roots – from punk rock and shape-note gospel through South Indian classical music and Bosnian pop to world jazz and contemporary symphonic music – all his explorations are linked by the qualities of intensity, directness, and authority which combine in a music that captures a truth about human experience and expresses it without apology.

 

TEACHING AND SCHOLARSHIP: Tim Eriksen’s work as an ethnomusicologist and teacher has included extensive research on shape-note music in New England and the venerable Sacred Harp four-part harmony tradition. He is a founder of what is currently the world’s largest Sacred Harp singing convention, in Northampton, MA. In the words of Paste Magazine editor Josh Jackson, “no one has done more to help revive Sacred Harp singing among a younger generation.” Eriksen has taught college courses including American Balladry, Global Sounds, Film Music from Hollywood to Bollywood, American Music, and Songwriting at Dartmouth College, Amherst College, Smith College, The University of Minnesota, Hampshire College and Wesleyan University. In addition, he has taught hundreds of hour- to week-long workshops and seminars in shape-note harmony singing, American music history, ballad singing and instrumental accompaniment at festivals, universities, museums and arts centers, including the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, the Society for Ethnomusicology Convention, Colours of Ostrava Festival (Czech Republic), and Camp Fasola (Anniston, AL). His students have ranged wp-admin/post.php?post=848&action=editfrom a group of kindergarteners at an inner city school in Portland, Oregon to Nicole Kidman, Elvis Costello, Sting and a group of fifty Romanian extras in the film Cold Mountain and the senior citizen members of the now legendary Young at Heart Chorus.

Preview YouTube video “Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp” Movie Trailer

2015 Vermont All-Day Singing

Annual Vermont All-day

Sacred Harp Singing

Saturday March 21, 2015 / 10am – 4pm

Weybridge Elementary School / 210 Quaker Village Road, Weybridge, 05753

F R E E and open to the P U B L I C

https://www.facebook.com/events/1502397646675067/

Join us for a traditional all-day singing from the Denson 1991 Book. Potluck lunch. Come & go as you please. Loaner books available.

Find a printable flyer at the Resources/Print section of this blog

2014 Vermont Annual Sacred Harp Singing March 29

The 2014 Vermont All-Day Sacred Harp Singing will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Capitol City Grange in Montpelier, Vermont from 10m – 4pm.

Potluck luncheon: 12:30

The event is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary. Sacred Harp tunebooks for sale or loan.

Directions:

  • Take exit 8 off of I-89 onto Memorial Drive.
  • Turn right onto VT-12 S/Northfield St.
  • Turn left up gravel driveway of the Capitol City Grange just after passing under the interstate overpass.
  • Parking is all around the building
  • Handicap accessible entrance is in the rear.

Information: Ian, smileyira@gmail.com

image from the 2012 VT all day sacred harp singing

Kerry Cullinan speaking with Ian Smiley beside Ben Sachs-Hamilton at the arranging table

lessons at Middlebury singing this Sunday

The Middlebury local singing returns to the Middlebury College campus this Sunday. This Sunday the singing will gather in room 125 in the Center for the Arts at Middlebury College from 1-3pm.

Debby Moody will offer a brief shape note singing school with assistance from Tim Cummings.

All are welcome, no experience is necessary. Music will be provided.

This Sunday at the Song Garden

Hello singing folk,

If you haven’t already received Dan’s invitation to join him at the Song Garden, here it is in this post, with all the helpful details that Dan thought of. Chelsea and I went to a singing there last year and I can tell you, it is wonderful. Dan and Peggy are wonderful hosts, and the gardens are beeooohtiful. I recommend coming early to wander around and enjoy the garden. You can also make friends with Dan’s dog which enjoys a network of plank paths that Dan has built into the bows of a pine tree. It’s amazing.

Hello singers,

This month’s 4th Sunday Norwich, VT Sacred Harp singing has been moved
for our annual SH singing at The Song Garden in Cornish, NH.

view of the Song Garden

a result of Dan and Peggy’s diligent care

Please join us this Sunday, August 25th, from 3-5 pm, with a potluck
dinner to follow. Come and go as you please. Loaner books are
provided. If you’re coming from a distance and the potluck is a
hardship, don’t worry, we’ll take care of you!
Rain or shine. (If rain, we’ll sing in the bunkhouse. If storm, we’ll
move to the cabin around the corner at 558 Dingleton Hill Rd.)

The Song Garden is a pick-your-own flower garden and teahouse (and
labyrinth) run by Peggy Heath Ogilvy and myself. This is our 5th year.
We’re very proud of the peace and beauty of the place and would love
to share it with you and sing on the stage!

http://www.songgardenflowerfarm.blogspot.com

Directions: The Song Garden is on St Gaudens Rd in Cornish, NH, one mile
up the hill from St Gaudens Historic Site. (But the street address for
this property is 612 Dingleton Hill Rd.)

From the north:
Some of you will want to come down Rt 12A from West Lebanon to the St
Gaudens Rd. Or. . .

Take Exit 9 off of I-91 in Hartland, VT and follow Rt
5 south for 4.5 miles into Windsor. Turn left at the second traffic
light onto Bridge St and cross the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge.
Turn left onto NH Rt 12A north for 1.4 miles to St Gaudens Rd, on the
right (marked not by a road sign, but by a large brown sign for the
Historic Site). Follow St Gaudens Rd up the hill for 1.7 miles and
bear left at the intersection with Dingleton Hill Rd. (The Song Garden
is in sight to the left, on the right side of St Gaudens Rd.) Pull in
at the big maple tree and park along the row of stumps.

(Exit 9 is 15 minutes south of White River Junction, and one hour from
Montpelier.)

From the south: Take Exit 8 off of I-91 in Ascutney, VT. Drive down
the hill and turn left onto Rt 5 north for 4.5 miles to Windsor. Turn
right at the first traffic
light onto Bridge St and cross the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge.
Turn left onto NH Rt 12A north for 1.4 miles to St Gaudens Rd, on the
right (marked not by a road sign, but by a large brown sign for the
Historic Site). Follow St Gaudens Rd up the hill for 1.7 miles and
bear left at the intersection with Dingleton Hill Rd. (The Song Garden
is in sight to the left, on the right side of St Gaudens Rd.) Pull in
at the big maple tree and park along the row of stumps.

(Exit 8 is 45 minutes from Brattleboro, and 1:15 from Northampton.)

Please join us!
Dan Hertzler

 

Ingalls singing Saturday, July 20th

This Saturday, July 20th in Newbury, VT Dr Tom Malone and friends will host the 9th annual Jeremiah Ingalls All Day singing from 10 am to 3pm or so.

As far as I know this singing will be in the hall next to the Newbury Congregational Church  at 4915 Main St S, Newbury, VTimage of church next to hall for Jeremiah Ingalls All Day Singing

There will be a potluck lunch on the grounds‎.

We will sing from The Christian Harmony as revised by Dr Malone and the 1991 Denson The Sacred Harp. Loaner will be available. The event is free and open to the public, donations are happily accepted. All are welcome and no experience is necessary.

If you contact me seeking information I will do my best to answer your questions.

 

Sincerely, Ian