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Shape-Note Singing

Host Lisa Simeone talks with Tom Tucker of Alexandria, Virginia, about the tradition of Shape-Note singing. Tucker is chairman of "The 2001 Potomac River Sacred Harp Singing Convention" taking place this weekend in Virginia. For more information, contact the Folklore Society of Greater Washington ( or call 1-202-546-2228). Shape-Note singing in the United States dates back to the 1700s, first taking hold in New England and migrating to the South. It is a style of singing designed for people who are not musically trained.

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