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4. Florida-Alabama Progressive Seven Shape-Note Singing Convention

Florida-Alabama Progressive Seven Shape-Note Singing Convention

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This a capella singing tradition takes its name from the 1844 hymn book, The Sacred Harp and represents the largest surviving branch of traditional American Shape Note Singing.

(S 1576 tapes T81-21, T81-22, T83-82, T83-83, T83-84, T83-85)


Transcript of the introduction

Welcome to the Florida Folklife Collection podcast series from the State Library and Archives of Florida.

America's sacred music has long provided a richly diverse field of study for folklorists. From rustic church hymns, or impassioned gospel to popular songs of faith and praise, sacred music has provided an immense body of song. In this podcast, we present the first of a two-part series on one of those sacred traditions: sacred harp singing.

This a capella singing tradition takes its name from the 1844 hymn book, The Sacred Harp and represents the largest surviving branch of traditional American Shape Note Singing. This style of church music utilized four syllables (fa-sol-la-mi) which were represented by four shapes in later hymnals; the triangle, circle, square and diamond. These shaped notes allowed untrained or illiterate church members to participate in the worship service. Frequently the assembled singers would sing the notes first and then follow with the words as you will hear them do in this podcast. In Sacred Harp singing members sit facing inward in a hollow square. The leader will select the tune and beat time with their hand while standing in the center of the square. Any participant is welcome to lead if they so chose. The tradition proved popular with both Anglo and African American churches, especially in rural areas where it is still practiced.

This month, we feature the Florida-Alabama Progressive Seven Shape-Note Singing Convention held in Crestview, Florida and recorded by folklorists Dwight DeVane and Doris Dyen in 1980. Please return next month as we present more sacred harp music.


3. Suwannee River Jamboree Radio Program

Suwannee River Jamboree Radio Program

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In this feature we’ll take a nostalgic look at old time Florida radio with an original broadcast of the Suwannee River Jamboree preview.

(0:28:08; 32MB; S 1576; tape T85-66)


Transcript of the introduction

Welcome to the Florida Folklife Collection podcast series from the State Library and Archives of Florida.

In this feature we'll take a nostalgic look at old time Florida radio with an original broadcast of the Suwannee River Jamboree preview. The Suwannee River Jamboree was broadcast from WNER out of Live Oak, Florida. The program ran from 1952 to 1962 and was billed as the deep south country music show from the heart of the Suwannee River Country.

This broadcast, believed to be from 1958, was created from a tape reel transfer of one of the original transcription discs from the radio program. So, let's sit back and adjust our dial for 1958 and the Suwannee River Jamboree preview, the show's about to start.


2. Stephen Foster Memorial Radio Program: Holiday Music

Stephen Foster Memorial Radio Program: Holiday Music

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These radio programs were created in the early 1960s by the Stephen Foster Memorial to promote the park and its activities, as well as to educate the public about Stephen Foster and Florida folk music.

(0:20:36; 24MB; S 2042; tape 63-4-13)


Transcript of the introduction

Welcome to the Florida Folklife Collection podcast series from the State Library and Archives of Florida.

In this celebration of the Holiday Season we're joined by the staff of the Stephen Foster Memorial Center of White Springs, Florida. The radio program that we're about to enjoy was created by The Stephen Foster Memorial Center in 1963 and broadcast by radio stations in Central Florida.

It features the Starrett Family of Gainesville, Minstrel Mark Moore and the tubular bells of the carillon tower at the Stephen Foster Memorial.

Now, let's tune our dial back to 1963, Happy Holidays and enjoy.


1. Gamble Rogers

Gamble Rogers

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Gamble Rogers performing at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, Florida.

(0:53:55; 63MB; S1576; tape T80-15 & T80-16)


Transcript of the introduction

Hello and welcome to the State Library and Archives of Florida. This is the inaugural MP3 podcast from the Florida Folklife Collection. My name is Jamie Madden. I'm the audio archivist here at the Archives responsible for the digitization and preservation of the audio materials in this collection.

During the processing of the Florida Folklife recordings, we've discovered several exciting performances. Some of them have been included on two promotional compact discs we've released entitled Music from the Florida Folklife Collection and More Music from the Florida Folklife Collection. These audio selections are also available here on our site. Hopefully, some of you have had a chance to listen to and enjoy those recordings. We felt that podcasting provided yet another excellent means for sharing some of these discoveries with researchers and music lovers.

In our first installment, we'd like to feature a performance by a revered figure of the Florida folk community, Gamble Rogers, a raconteur and musician who is remembered as much for his character and warmth of spirit as he is for his music.

This performance is from May 27, 1978. It was recorded at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival. Let's hand the microphone over to Cousin Thelma Boltin and Gamble Rogers. Enjoy.