This Saturday, June 28th, learn to flirt the old fashioned way – community singing and dancing at Dewey Memorial Hall on Main Street in Sheffield.
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) Contra Dance
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: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2010/sep/30/shape-note-singing