Shape Note Singing
October 3, 2019

Community Event: Shape Note Singing

  •  October 15, 2019
     7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Duluth Folk School is welcoming the Duluth Shape Note Singing Group into our space, after the next Folksing!

Shape note music is authentic American Roots music with its origins in New England in the mid-1700s. It’s called “shape note” because the note heads are different shapes, an innovation intended to help unschooled singers read the music more easily.

This style of singing has a very distinctive old-timey sound, with four-part harmonies, strong rhythms, and full voices.  “You’ve got everything in here,” Tim Eriksen says, “Lutheran hymns, Scots jigs, Irish reels, field hollers, a smattering of Handel and Haydn: it all went into the meat grinder.” This style of music was featured in movies like Cold Mountain and Lawless.

Please visit this website for information about shape note singing:

On this website, you can search the name of these songs in upper right corner to hear each of the four harmonies separately and see which range is best suited for your voice and there are also links to videos of these songs.

Here’s the songlist for the evening:

45t Amazing Grace
86 Poland
159 What Wondrous Love
162 Plenary
282 I’m Going Home
448t Consecration 
31t Ninety-Third Psalm
49t Old Hundred
146 Hallelujah
503 Lloyd
107 Russia
47t Idumea
39t Detroit

Hope to see you here!


1917 W Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


Located on street level. Handicapped accessible.

Main Floor Space


Question or comment?


Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888


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