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Shape-Note Singing at the CCLC

Posted Sept. 10, 2012, at 3:08 p.m.

Shape-Note Singing at the CCLC

Sacred Harp, or shape-note singing, is a form of a cappella hymn singing that became popular in America during the early nineteenth century. It first took hold in New England, but it was the singings in the Southern states that kept the tradition alive. Now, shape note singing is reviving in the north–including at the Cobscook Community Learning Center!

It does not matter whether you come for the gorgeous music with its unique harmonies, the chance to be part of a two hundred-year-old tradition, the kinship that grows among singers, or the spiritual message; just come ready to sing. If you’ve never sung a note in your life, don’t worry! All levels of experience are welcome. Shape note singers do not sing alone or perform for an audience because theirs is a participatory tradition–not a passive one. Spectators are welcome to come and listen but will be encouraged to sing.

The singers at the CCLC will also have the chance to learn tunes by Maine composers, with titles as familiar as “Machias” and “Bangor”. The singings will be held at the CCLC in Trescott the second Sunday of every month, beginning September 9th. The singings will run from 2-4:30 p.m. with a potluck supper after, so please bring something to share.

For information about the singing at the CCLC contact Kristopher Paprocki kwpaprocki@gmail.com (207) 952-0922

For more information about the tradition and other Maine singings, visit maineshapenotesinging.org

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