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450     Sacred Songs in Appalachia

Banjo playerHere in Appalachia, determined individuals, families, and communities attempt to construct decent lives.  This class will look at gospel music, sometimes called sacred songs, written during the last three centuries in America and from the British Isles.  These tunes have impacted the development of Appalachian culture.  Discussions will center on the types of sacred songs, including: African-American spirituals, shape note or sacred harp singing, “lined-out” hymnology used by the old regular Baptists, bluegrass gospel, southern a capella, and sacred songs from the communion season of the Presbyterian Churches in Scotland and from the camp meetings found in British Methodism.  The repetitive singing during church services engrains these melodies and their lyrics into our memories.  As a result, this music can live in our subconscious for decades.

The class will contain mini-lectures, recordings, live musical instrument demonstrations, and group discussions.  Come prepared to sing along at times and listen to tunes that support the continued development of our Appalachian culture and values.

Chip Bailey is a member of the Tennessee Folklore Society, the Appalachian Studies Association, a Volunteer Musician at the Museum of Appalachia, and Associate Professor/Dean of the School of Business Administration at South College in Knoxville, and a Norris, Tennessee resident.

Two sessions:  Mondays, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m., June 8 and 15

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