25 March 2012

Tim Eriksen in Dublin: further news

Following the BIB's item two days ago on the forthcoming appearances of Tim Eriksen in Dublin and Cork during the first week in April, the Sacred Harp Dublin group announces:

We are delighted to announce that we will be having a singing school with Tim Eriksen on 3 April, 7.00-9.00 p.m., in the Franciscan Friary on Merchant's Quay. Tim is an acclaimed musician, composer, and ethnomusicologist who has taught hundreds of hour- to week-long workshops and seminars in shape-note harmony singing, American music history, ballad singing, and instrumental accompaniment at festivals, universities, museums, and arts centers, including the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, the Society for Ethnomusicology Convention, Colours of Ostrava Festival (Czech Republic), Camp Fasola (Anniston, AL), and the Early Music Festival in Jaroslaw, Poland.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Sacred Harp music from a very experienced singer and teacher, see attached poster for details. We hope you will join us!

Dublin Sacred Harp also issues this introduction:

Learn to sing shape-note music from the Sacred Harp tunebook in a workshop taught by one of the most acclaimed singing instructors, whose students have ranged from inner-city kindergarteners to Nicole Kidman and Jude Law in the film Cold Mountain. The Sacred Harp tunebook, first published in 1844 in Georgia, is at the heart of one of America’s most vital homegrown musical practices. Within its pages 'Amazing Grace' meets the toe-tapping 'fuging tunes' of early New England, all harmonised for four-part social singing and written in a unique and practical notation system. This workshop, addressed to absolute beginners and more experienced singers alike, begins with the basics of the human voice and group singing and includes an introduction to reading shape-note music, notes on important aspects of traditional practice, and lots of full-on singing. No prior experience required.

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