SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2007
SACRED HARP SING for the Santa Barbara area
All Saints’-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
83 Eucalyptus Lane
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara-area singers are warmly invited to take part in an evening
of Sacred Harp singing on Saturday, November 17, hosted by the Santa
Barbara-area shape-note singing group.
The session will be held in the Parish Hall at All Saints-by-the-Sea
Episcopal Church (83 Eucalyptus Lane, just south of the freeway off the
San Ysidro Road exit; the parish hall is behind the sanctuary, on the left
side of the street).
We will begin with snacks at 6:30 p.m., and the music will get going
around 7 o’clock. We’ll sing for about two hours, including the
traditional (and yummy!) dessert break.
What is “Sacred Harp” or “shape-note” singing, you ask? It’s a fun,
rugged, uniquely American style of folk hymnody that originated in the New
England colonies but has survived to its present-day revival mostly in
Appalachia and in the South. It uses a special system of note shapes
(hence, “shape note”) that is fairly easy to learn or to ignore, if you
need to! Typical hymnbooks are “The Southern Harmony” or “The Sacred
Harp,” which we use in its 1991 edition. Books will be available to borrow
or buy at the sing.
We are expecting singers from the wider Santa Barbara area as well as
visitors from throughout Southern California — come join us for a great
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