Thanks to Allison Steel for leading a Sacred Harp singing school before our June 28th Sheffield Contra dance!
Here’s the order of events:
singing school 4:30 – 6:30 pm
potluck supper 6:30 – 7:30 pm
contra dancing 7:30 – 11:00 pm
Community Singing School in the “Shaped Note” style of The Sacred Harp
Led by Allison Steel
Sacred Harp is foot-stompingly powerful four-part harmony a cappella singing and one of America’s oldest musical traditions. (more info below)
music by Calamity Physics, with guest fiddler Eric Buddington
Called by Steve Howland
Contra dancing is a form of social dancing — like square dancing, but better. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience level.
$8 students | $10 adults | max. $25 for families with children under 12
The Sacred Harp is a hymnal, first published in the 1840s, containing a wide variety of sacred music with roots in folk songs, fiddle tunes, ballads, plainsong… The book features “shaped note” notation, a system invented in Albany in 1802 to help people learn how to read music. The terms “Sacred Harp” or “Shaped Note” now refer to the style of music associated with the hymnal (which was last republished in 1991). All levels of experience (and inexperience) are welcome. Songbooks will be provided. Learn more about Sacred Harp:
Thanks to everyone for coming out to our Spring Fever Dance last night! It was a rip-roaring delight!
Thank you to Fern Bradley for calling and to Eli Hetko, Alex Kramer, and Erin Lobb from the 5 Mile String Band for playing the night away!
Remember, our next dance is on Saturday, June 28th
On Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
the Sheffield Contra Dancers and Dewey Memorial Hall proudly present
The 1st Annual Spring Fever Dance
with Fern Bradley
and the 5 Mile String Band
A stupendous solstice dance at Dewey Hall
Kathryn Wedderburn and the Mystery Band
playing ROCK ‘N ROLL contras
On Saturday, October 26th,
the Sheffield Contra Dancers and Dewey Hall present
A MARVELOUS MOONDANCE with the Russet Trio
and caller Eric Hollman