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From Spirituals to Shout Bands: Virginia's Sacred Musical Traditions

Friday, February 19, 2021, 9:00 AM

Virginia’s Sacred Musical Traditions
Musicians:  Gregg Kimball and Cluny Brown
Friday, February 19th
Cost:  FREE (This is an online event – Please see below for instructions)
 Many of the oldest and most vibrant American religious musical traditions have their origins in Virginia, and they still flourish today. Old Regular Baptists in Virginia’s mountains sing in the old “call and response” fashion of their British forebearers, and African-American congregations maintain the traditional spirituals sung by their enslaved ancestors. Religious bodies also created new traditions from the nineteenth century into the twentieth century -the Shenandoah Valley hymnbook tradition and the United House of Prayer’s horn-driven praise bands are but two examples. Come learn about these compelling traditions with Gregg Kimball and Cluny Brown, who will present a multimedia presentation featuring rare photographs, period recordings and live music featuring sacred quartets, shapenote singers, and spiritual shout bands.
Instructions: This pre-recorded event will be made available beginning February 21st. Please go to and choose “From Spirituals to Shout Bands.”

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7295 Young St.
Machipongo, VA 23405

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