One audio cassette recordings. Workshop on shaped-note singing led by ,long-time festival performer Robert Dixon of Naples, FL. He discusses the method and purpose of shaped-note singing and leads the audience in performing some tunes (one is "Suwannee River"). Because this was the 40th festival, the Crossroads area was partly devoted to performers who contributed to the festival's past and development.
Five color slides. Images of the Shaped Note singing workshop, led by Robert Dixon and Mary Marshall, at the 1991 Florida Folk Festival. Shaped Note singing was an a capella style of church music that utilized shapes to represent notes (fa-so-la-mi) for untrained and even illiterate church members. Only four notes were used in the hymns. An old Anglican practice, English colonists first brought the tradition over to North American in the 1600s. 26 May 1991.
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