The 8th Annual Mountain View Shape Note Gathering

Ozark Folk Center
Mountain View, Stone County, Arkansas

Thursday, July 7, 2011 to Saturday, July 9, 2011

The 8th Annual Shape Note Gathering began on Thursday morning with an introduction to the history of shape notes and singing schools, a brief singing school and a review of selected Yankee tunesmith biographies. On Thursday evening leaders selected songs from:
The Sacred Harp, 1991 edition (songs tagged with `SH'),
The B. F. White Sacred Harp (Cooper Book), 1992 Revision (tagged `CB'),
The Christian Harmony ('Alabama book', Deason-Parris revision, 2002 printing) (tagged `AL'),
The Christian Harmony (‘Carolina book’, 1873 facsimile, 1994 reprint) (tagged `CHw'),
Cayce's Good Old Songs (tagged `GOS'),
Missouri Harmony (tagged `MH'),
Daily's Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune Book (tagged `D') and
Black Mississippi Shape Note tradition (tagged `BM').

Thursday, July 7

Gaylon Powell welcomed the class and led 59 (SH). Charley Sandage offered the opening prayer and appointed Gaylon Powell to moderate the Shape Note Gathering. Nancy Hogan was appointed as Secretary.

Leaders: P. Dan Brittain 34 (MH); Bill Hogan 214 (CHw); Holly Ruth Gale 155 (SH); Charley Sandage 282 (GOS); Nancy Hogan 149 (AL); Kristie Powell 203 (CB); Kevan Bailey 85 (SH); Charlie Mink 541 (GOS); Glynn Garrett 63 (SH); Gaylon Powell “To Canaan's Land, I'm On My Way” (BM); P. Dan Brittain 22 (MH); Bill Hogan 133 (AL); Holly Ruth Gale 26 (D); Charley Sandage 155 (GOS); Nancy Hogan 543 (CB); Kristie Powell 133 (CB); Charlie Mink 612 (GOS); Glynn Garrett 19 (SH); Gaylon Powell 559 (CB); P. Dan Brittain 208b (CHw); Hogan Bill “John Knew” (BM); Holly Ruth Gale 358 (SH); Charley Sandage 171 (CB); Nancy Hogan 95b (CB); Kristie Powell 138t (CB); Gaylon Powell 555 (GOS). Bill Hogan closed with prayer.

Friday, July 8

A welcome was given by Holly Ruth Gale and Charley Sandage. Featured leaders: Dan Brittain, and Laura Boosinger. Dan Brittain opened the day with a brief history of the Missouri Harmony and led 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, 33, 35 (MH).

Laura Boosinger talked about the traditions of the North Carolina "Walker" Christian Harmony and led 58b, 258, 360, 208b, 214, 217 (CHw).


Featured leaders: Gaylon Powell, Dan Brittain, Bill Hogan and Charley Sandage. The afternoon began when Gaylon Powell introduced the 1991 edition Sacred Harp and led 37b, 31t, 155, 412, 180 (SH), and Dan Brittain led 63, 378t, 73t, 31b (SH).

Bill Hogan introduced the Parris-Deason "Alabama" Christian Harmony" and led 372, 54, 354, 64, 180, 51, 307, 316, 168, 133 (AL).


Charley Sandage presented the seven shape system using the "Cayce Book" Good Old Songs and the Daily Hymn Book and led 352, 235, 541, 463 (GOS).

Gaylon Powell completed the afternoon with the Cooper edition Sacred Harp and led 138, 500, 53, 563, 543, 393, 484, 98, 95 (CB). Bill and Nancy Hogan led “Give Me Just A Little More Time” (Wiregrass).

Saturday, July 9

Gaylon Powell called the class together leading 507 (CB), and Kevan Bailey offered the opening prayer. Leaders: P. Dan Brittain 13 (MH); Bill Hogan 128t (CHw); Laura Boosinger 217 (CHw); Charley Sandage 277 (GOS); Holly Ruth Gale 155 (SH); Nancy Hogan 189 (AL); Eddie Huckaby 159b (CHw); Andrew Albers 559 (CB); Anita Buswell 85 (SH); Charlie Mink 285 (GOS); Kristie Powell 273 (CB); Kevan Bailey 524 (GOS).


Gaylon Powell called the class to order by leading “Victory in Jesus” (BM); P. Dan Brittain 113 (MH); Bill Hogan 203 (AL); Laura Boosinger 159 (CHw); Charley Sandage 239 (GOS); Holly Ruth Gale 171 (CB); Nancy Hogan 91 (AL); Eddie Huckaby “I'll Have a New Life” (BM); Andrew Albers 519 (CB); Anita Buswell 87 (SH); Charlie Mink 612 (GOS); Kristie Powell 411 (CB); Kevan Bailey 264 (AL); Laura Boosinger 106 (CHw). Andrew Albers offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Gaylon Powell opened the afternoon session by leading 511 (CB); Bill Hogan 277 (SH); Charley Sandage 555 (GOS); Holly Ruth Gale 63 (SH); Nancy Hogan 59 (SH); Eddie Huckaby 339 (GOS); Andrew Albers 133 (AL); Anita Buswell 410 (CB); Kristie Powell 378 (SH); Kevan Bailey 289b (CHw); Glynn Garrett 73 (SH); Lonnie Williams “Just Over in Gloryland” (BM); Cliff Hall 34 (MH).


Gaylon Powell led 82 (AL); Bill Hogan “Give Me Just A Little More Time” (Wiregrass); Charley Sandage 155 (GOS); Holly Ruth Gale 276 (CB); Nancy Hogan 49 (SH); Eddie Huckaby 341 (CHw); Andrew Albers 416 (CB); Anita Buswell 358 (SH); Kristie Powell 558 (CB); Kevan Bailey 360 (CHw); Glynn Garrett 98 (CB); Lonnie Williams “To Canaan's Land, I'm On My Way” (BM).

Announcements were made and the closing song, 46 (SH), was led by Gaylon Powell, Holly Ruth Gale, Bill Hogan and Charley Sandage. The closing prayer was offered by Bill Hogan.

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