Photo: Dan Brittain helps two young singers learn more about shape notes during the 2015 Shape Note Gathering.
The following was added from the Ozark Folk Center Music Calendar:
July 7, 2016
7 pm - 8 pm
Annual Shape Note Gathering
Administration Building/White Oak Theater
The Ozark Folk Center's Annual Shape Note Gathering will take place on July 7, 8, and 9, 2016. Singers (and listeners) from several states will meet to sing and learn about this traditional, unaccompanied style of singing, which originated in Colonial New England, took root across the South, and has now spread across the US and into Europe and Asia. No pre-registration required.
Thursday the 7th- 7 PM, a brief, informal welcome and singing session in White Oak Auditorium in OFC's administration building.
Friday the 8th -9:30 - Noon and 1:30 to 3:30, singing, instruction, and conversation about the tradition led by Gaylon Powell and Dan Brittain, nationally-known teachers of this tradition.
Saturday the 9th, a traditional singing will be held in the old Mountain View School auditorium from 9:30 AM until noon and from 1:30 until 3:30 PM. Come and sing or just listen to any or all sessions. Admission is FREE to the shape note events.
CONTACT: (870) 269-3851, firstname.lastname@example.org
***I'm traveling this week but I'll try to add maps and other information as time and Internet connections permit. I can add without hesitation that those who attended last year's gathering and singing learned about different forms of shape note singing and thoroughly enjoy the Saturday singing in the old Mountain View School auditorium.
For those Shiloh Singers who cannot attend the Mountain View events, the Shiloh Singers will be at their usual General Store for the July Singing at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History on Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 1:30 until 4:00 P.M. Visitors and children are always welcome.
Likewise, the optional pre singing table at AQ's Chicken House in Springdale at 12:00 and post singing "Desserts at Denny's" will be observed so we can visit and enjoy the fellowship of friends.
All in all, the 2nd weekend of July looks like it will be a busy one, but there will be plenty of good singing for everyone who can attend. Looking forward to seeing you at one or both of the events.