This Sunday, January 16, the Starry Mountain Trio will be hosting a
shapenote singing workshop and performance here at the Appalshop
Theater, 91 madison avenue, from 3-5 pm. The workshop is free and open
to the public, and donations are welcome. WMMT’s Sylvia Ryerson spoke
with trio members Avery Book, Susannah Park, and Giedeon Crevoshay to
hear more about their group and the event on Sunday.
The Starry Mountain Trio was born from the nine-voice ensemble, the
Starry Mountain Singers, and performs a wide range of traditional music
from around the United States and abroad. The group’s members are all
lifelong musicians who share a deep love of traditional vocal styles and
a dedication to studying and performing them. The Starry Mountain Trio
members have all toured extensively with Northern Harmony and Village
Harmony. In addition, trio members have worked with Meredith Monk and
the Revels International, and have participated in international
recording projects of traditional Georgian music. The American
repertoire includes shape-note songs (a traditional New England song
style), and haunting folk tunes from the Appalachians, supplemented by
traditional British ballads. The Georgian and Corsican songs are a
mixture of sacred and secular pieces that demonstrate the incredible
range of unique singing traditions from those countries. Each member has
contributed songs from his or her particular area of musical knowledge
and expertise, resulting in a dynamic and eclectic program that will
delight world-music fans and lovers of choral performance.
For more information call 606-633-0108 or visit http://appalshop.org/wmmt/node/2238.