SACRED HARP SING for the Santa Barbara area

SACRED HARP SING for the Santa Barbara area
Parish Hall
All Saints’-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
83 Eucalyptus Lane
Santa Barbara, CA
(free admission)

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

Email for more information.

About Peter Feldmann

Peter Feldmann has long been a musical mainstay in Santa Barbara and Southern California. Besides actively performing bluegrass and old time music with a variety of groups, Peter is also known as a bluegrass historian, collector, music consultant, teacher, and producer, both of live concerts and radio/tv programs throughout the area. His music has been heard in clubs, concerts, saloons, universities, pre-schools, at weddings, wakes, parties, barn-raisings, calf-ropings, rodeos, auctions, fund raisers, wine tastings and chili cook offs. Peter founded Santa Barbara's Old Time Fiddler's Convention (1972), UCSB's Old Time Music Front (1964), and The Bluebird Cafe (1971). Through these and other outlets, he was the first to bring many prominent folk, blues, and bluegrass artists, including Bill Monroe, Mance Lipscomb, The Stanley Brothers, The New Lost City Ramblers, Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis, Rose Maddox, the Balfa Brothers, and many others to the Santa Barbara area. Peter also helped others access the music by teaching privately, and in group classes for Santa Barbara Continuing Education, UCSB Extension, and McCabes Guitars. He was the first on the West Coast to produce and market instruction Lps - three on How To Play Country Fiddle, and one each on Clawhammer Banjo, and Maybelle Carter Style Guitar. He still presents lectures on country music history at UCSB, Santa Barbara area libraries, and for various interest groups, festival workshops, etc. In 2006, he presented his monograph titled "The Big bang Of Bluegrass Music" (describing the origins of bluegrass 1938 - 1946) to the worlds first International Music Symposium at the University of Kentucky at Bowling Green. He has also been very active in radio, television, and film work, producing weekly shows on country and bluegrass music over a 21 year period on various commercial and public stations. Peter currently maintains three music-related websites, a music blog, and an entertainment service company, "BlueGrass West!", based in the Santa Ynez Valley in Southern California. Peter performs tunes and songs from the heart of America's musical treasure chest. His shows can include fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Well-known as a historian and teacher, Peter is first and foremost an entertainer, sharing his respect, energy and love for the music with his fellow musicians, friends, and audiences.
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