The ninth annual Maine All-Day Shape Note Singing will be held Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Old Town House on Town House Road/Route 235. It is open to all with no charge. There will be a potluck dinner at noon, and tune books will be available for loan and purchase.

Shape note singing is a form of four-part unaccompanied community singing popular in Colonial New England; sung in Maine until the time of the Civil War; and in the rural south and west well into the 20th century. The music consists of hymns, fugue-ing tunes and anthems, with notes printed in various shapes indicating their pitch. Singers sit in four sections facing each other, an arrangement called the Hollow Square. They take turns choosing and leading (if they wish) songs to sing. The singing is often quite energetic. The tune book used on Saturday will be “The Sacred Harp,” 1991 Denson edition.

On Sunday, July 31, the second annual American Vocalist singing will take place at the same location, using both “The Sacred Harp” and the shape note version of “The American Vocalist,” a tune book originally published in 1848 by the Rev. Daniel Hale Mansfield of Hope. Singing will again be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a potluck dinner at noon. Copies of a newly-edited edition of Mansfield’s book will be available for loan and purchase.

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