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Benton Big Sing Oral History Project

Project Summary

One of the oldest and most popular southern musical traditions is shape-note singing. Benton, Kentucky is the only known location where this style of singing is based primarily on William Walker's The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (1854). Held in the Marshall County Courthouse on the fourth Sunday in May, the "Big Singing" has been an annual event since 1884. This series of interviews explores the practice of shape-note singing, its role in the lives of West Kentuckians and their descendants, and the tenuous longevity of the Big Singing.

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Shape-note singing--Kentucky

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