First observe of how many Notes compass the Tune is. Next, the place of your first Note; and how many Notes above & below that: so as you may begin the Tune of your first Note as the rest may be sung in the compass of your and the peoples voices, without Squeaking above, or Grumbling below.

New York City All-Day Singing 2014 is nearly upon us!

It’s a full plate of shapenote pleasures in New York this weekend.

Tonight, Friday September 19: Open house at my place (96 Sackett Street, #2, between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets on the west coast of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn). 5:30 to 8:30, drinks and snacks and a chance for locals and early arrivers to mingle. No singing is scheduled, but I do have three colors of loaners, so there’s no saying what might happen. Sam’s planning dinner afterwards at Calexico, two blocks away; there’s also Alma, the Mexican place with the great view, two blocks in the other direction, and Pok Pok, the regional Thai place with the super-long lines two blocks further north, and several other options. Shows at Jalopy at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30.

Tomorrow, Saturday September 20: ALL-DAY SINGING, Plymouth Church (Orange and Henry Streets, Brooklyn Heights). Singing 9:30 to 3:30 (about); come for part or all. Dinner on the Grounds at midday.   Composium following at 4:00 and social at Taperia, 132 Montague Street, starting about 4:30.  See the FB post linked above for all details.

Sunday, September 21, the Equinox: Upper East Side singing from 2 to 5:30 at the Church of the Epiphany, 74th Street and York, Manhattan.


Sacred Harp in the era of social media

This is what it’s like singing Sacred Harp in the twenty-first century. I wake at six outside of Philadelphia, check my Twitter feed, and find this:

And I respond:

(The answer is yes, they do, and I’m asked to pass on regards to friends.)

And now I hear that coffee is ready. I bet they have that in London too.


New York City All-Day Singing 2014 — Saturday, Sept. 20, Plymouth Church

It’s less than a month away! New York City’s All-Day singing returns to Brooklyn this year. We’ll start at 9:30 on Saturday and sing till 3:30, not forgetting the all-important Dinner on the Grounds, with a composers’ forum following to sing some brand new tunes. Plymouth Church is on Orange Street between Hicks and Henry in beautiful Brooklyn Heights. NYCADS was there in earlier years and always enjoyed the location, but this year we will sing in the reception room, smaller but far better acoustically. See the FB event here for details and let us know if you will be there.

We’ll also sing on Sunday from 2 to 5:30 at our regular Third Sunday site, Church of the Epiphany on 74th Street and York Avenue on the Upper East Side. This small, handsome side chapel is perhaps our best regular singing site, so if you can stick around, I’m certain you’ll enjoy the singing.

Watch this space and Facebook for associated events to be announced shortly. (Hint: 117.)


Sangria party after Brooklyn singing Aug 10 2014

Do you like your sangria red or white? No worries, no odious discrimination, both will be on hand.  We sing from 2 to 5 at St. Paul’s Church and shortly after we’ll regroup at my place for an hour or so.  If the weather tempts, we could go around the corner to the Urban Meadow; there might even be more singing.


Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, March 9, 2014.

At St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York.  Singing from THE SACRED HARP, 1991 Denson edition, and other books (including the Cooper Book, 2012 Edition [CB], and the Shenandoah Harmony [ShH]). The calls go round the room in this singing.

Present: Ann, Patrick, Gideon, Jordan, Max, Douglas, Jon, Sarah L., Nancy B., Lisa K., Shaun, Carol, Ezra, nbm. Visiting: Scott L., Graham, Dan H., Bethany

52t nbm
29t Ann
CB 461LET US SING Sam
48 Patrick
ShH 172 ST. JAMES Graham
ShH 155 CASTINE Max
ShH 116 EDEN OF LOVE Bethany
ShH 108 AMAZING GRACE Sarah
ShH 397 NAMUR Nancy
ShH 132 STAR IN THE EAST Lisa K
ShH 314b TRANSPORT nbm
334 Scott
CB 46 FOUNTAIN OF LIFE Jon
CB 47b IDUMEA Ann
CB 273 MARTHASVILLE Carol
ShH 288b MISSISSIPPI Dan
ShH 381 ABENAKI Graham Read the rest of this entry »


Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, February 9, 2014.

At St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York.  Singing from THE SACRED HARP, 1991 Denson edition, and other books (including the Cooper Book, 2012 Edition [CB], and the Shenandoah Harmony [ShH], a year old this month). The calls go round the room in this singing.

Present: Shaun, Sarah L., Nancy, Lisa K., Lisa D.,, Justin, Jordan, Patrick, Terry, Sam, Rob, Gideon, Jason, Carol, Ann, Charlotte. New: Bexton, David, John, Max, Abigail.  Visiting: Rachel H, Dan H.

52t, lesson nbm
CB 336t HESTER Jon
47b Bexton
ShH 318 SOLDIER’S RETURN Dan
82t John
56b Gideon
ShH 78 STAFFORD Sam
ShH 403b HICKS’ FAREWELL Rachel
39t Jordan
72b Max
179 Sam
CB 571 Terry
ShH 364t CONFIDENCE Sarah L
ShH 192 BUNKER HILL Nancy
33b Lisa K
472 Ann
ShH 402 BUZZARD’S GLORY Lisa D
ShH 404t PARADISE nbm Read the rest of this entry »


Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, January 12, 2014.

At St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York.  Singing from THE SACRED HARP, 1991 Denson edition, and other books (including the Cooper Book, 2012 Edition [CB], and the new Shenandoah Harmony [ShH]. The calls go round the room in this singing.

Present: Rob, Sam, Jordan, Gideon, Nancy, Jon, Ezra, Emily, Ashley, Terry, Sarah L., nbm.  New: Susana, Lauren. Visiting: Dan Hunter.

49t nbm
30t Dan
111b Gideon
108b Ashley
121 Sam
39t Jordan
ShH 335 ROCKINGHAM Nancy
36b Lauren
ShH 109 ZION’S WALLS nbm
CB 355 HINDER ME NOT Jon
CB 539 BIDDING FAREWELL TO LOVED ONES Dan
ShH 108 AMAZING GRACE Gideon
CB 536 THY LOVE Terry
ShH 305 THO DARK BE MY WAY Sam
ShH 221 FRIENDSHIP Jordan
ShH 351 HALLOWELL Nancy
168 Ezra Read the rest of this entry »


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