09/22/2015Location: Boone County Public Library Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Fee Information: none Contact Name: Sybil Craig Contact Email: BNRPINC@gmail.com Contact Phone Number: 870-704-9114
Susan Young from the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History returns to Boone County Library, presenting, "Make a Joyful Noise: Sacred Harp Singing in the Ozarks" Sacred harp singing is a very old style of a cappella shape-note gospel singing that was sung in the Ozarks in the 1800s. It takes its name from the name of the songbook, "The Sacred Harp," which was first published in 1844. It's called "shape-note" singing because each note on the scale is a different shape–it's a way to sight-read music. Folks today think of "shape-note" singing as being old-timey gospel songs like "I'll Fly Away" and "Where the Soul Never Dies,", but Sacred Harp singing is much older and very different in sound. Susan will share a little of the history of Sacred Harp music then share some audio examples.