Homegrown Harmony: Early American Music on Main Street

Historic Northampton (46 Bridge St., Northampton MA 01060)


Northampton was home to some of the country’s earliest choral singing and to one of the most prolific music publishers in early New England. In fact, by the 1790s, the town had become a destination for local and regional composers and tunebook compilers. During the mid-nineteenth century, local senior citizens revived this sacred music of their youth in public performances known as “Old Folks' Concerts." Today, thanks to musician, ethnomusicologist and instructor Tim Eriksen, some of these remarkable songs by local composers are still sung in the “shape-note” tradition.

During his presentation, Eriksen will discuss early American music in Northampton and the enduring appeal of this local traditional music. And yes, singing will be included.

To register: https://www.historicnorthampton.org/homegrown-harmony.html

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Photo info: The Bridge Street Northampton print shop of Daniel and Andrew Wright was one of only three in New England to have moveable music type, a technology that made Northampton a center for music publishing.