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David Wright of Seattle, Leading on Sunday

This website contains information about shape note (Sacred Harp) singing in Hyde Park and throughout the Chicagoland area.

Upcoming Singings:

(This area is for annual singings and special workshops and such. For our regular weekly and monthly singings, please click the Calendar of local singings link below.)

2014 Fox Valley Folk Festival

All are welcome to attend a shapenote singing & workshop on Sunday, August 31, at the 38th Annual Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival at Island Park in Geneva, Illinois. We will sing from the Sacred Harp from 11 am--11:45 am, take a lunch break, and then sing from 12:45pm until 2 pm.

We will sing in the semi-enclosed brick pavilion in Island Park in the middle of the Fox River, a pleasant, leafy location for the festival. Bring loaner books. Since we often go slower at first and go over parts, this is a good opportunity for those in the new singers'group and so forth.

See for more details about the festival, which features folk music on eight stages from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a barn dance Sunday evening from 6:00 to 7:30. This is a good place to come with your non-singing friends or family. (Admission is by donation.) The park is a short walk from the Geneva Metra station. The festival continues on Monday, September 1, but the shapenote singing is only on Sunday.