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Shape Note Singing at the Third Annual
Irish Old Time Appalachian Music Gathering

Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Ross Harbison taught a singing school as part of the third annual Irish Old Time Appalachian Music Gathering in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. The workshop focused on the basic mechanics of shape note singing.

Ross Harbison opened the workshop by leading 39t. He led 111b, 28t, and 42 to introduce various concepts regarding time signatures and keeping time. Aislinn Ahern led 45t. Ross Harbison led 40 to finish the session.


The class moved to a more typical singing session. Katie Ahern called the class to order leading 73t. Leaders: Ross Harbison 81t; Althea Willette 179; Paul Gaughan and Katie Ahern 277; Kara Donohoe and Ross Harbison 457; Sean McGrath and Michael Walker 178; Kevin Kennedy 26; Helen Peake 77b; Amanda Parkes 318; Eamonn O’Neill 77t; Aislinn Ahern 347; Michael Walker 376; Sarah Toomey and Katie Ahern 47b. Ross Harbison thanked the organizers and those in attendance, and closed the workshop by leading 472. Twenty-three songs were led by thirteen leaders.


As part of the festival, various groups were invited to take part in a short performance at the end of the Saturday workshops. Various members of the Cork and Galway Sacred Harp groups sang 47b, 178, and 65 as part of the display singing.

Chairman—Ross Harbison; Secretary—Katie Ahern