Tamworth Town House, 9 am – 2 pm
A mid-winter chance to come out and sing and dance during daylight hours—all while getting your grocery shopping done—and to participate in traditions that have been a part of Tamworth for generations. Shape note singing from 9-11 am, a break for lunch, then contra dancing from noon-2.
Shape note singing will be led by Arts Council of Tamworth Executive Director Carly Goss and her partner Chris McKnight of North Country Sacred Harp. Dancing will be taught and called by Lucy Gatchell, with music by White Mountain Ceili Band with special guest Mitch Alden. Admission by donation, all proceeds will go to support programming for the community by the Arts Council of Tamworth.
Shape note singing is an old form of New England hymn singing designed for the enjoyment of the singers rather than for performance. Beginners are welcome. Sit with the singers in the hollow square whether you want to participate if you’d prefer to just listen. There is no audience. The dance will be welcoming and fun for all ages and levels. Thank you to sponsors Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery and Tamworth Farmers Market.
Please note also that the North Country Sacred Harp Singers gather to sing shape note music from the Sacred Harp on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month at Whitney Community Center in Jackson, NH. Their next singing is Thursday, February 14th—Valentine’s Day. All are welcome.