Hugh McGraw

Social Harp (Early American Shape Note Songs)

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Social Harp contains recordings of music published in an obscure songbook in Georgia in 1855. All of the songs are in a long-forgotten American folk style called shape-note singing. The songs were designed to be sung in religious gatherings such as camp meetings, schools, and revivals; they are quite interesting historical artifacts, and these interpretations are expertly performed. Still, the album is primarily an educational document, which means it's a difficult, challenging listen, not an entertaining one.

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