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Benton Big Sing Oral History Project

Project Summary

One of the oldest and most popular southern singing traditions is Shape Note singing. Benton, Kentucky is the only known location where this style of singing is celebrated en masse during a festival called The Big Singing. Relying heavily on William Walker's 1835 The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, The Big Singing is usually held on the fourth Sunday in May. It has been an annual event since 1884. This series of interviews explore Shape Note Singing and the longevity and success of The Big Singing.

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Shape-note singing--Kentucky

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