Thomas Commuck Shape-Note Singing Event this Saturday

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, a singing will take place in Yale University’s “Connecticut Hall.”  Shape-note singers, Yale Associates, Brothertown Indians, and other Native Americans will gather to sing and record a significant number of tunes written and published (1845) by Brothertown Thomas Commuck in his Indian Melodies tune book.

For those unfamiliar with the term, shape-note singing is nothing like a polished choir performance; it is rolling up your sleeves, opening your mouth and singing with exuberance and energy..and it’s a  lot of fun!  You don’t need to know how to read music, nor do you even need to have a good singing voice.  February’s all-day event will also include instruction in shape-note singing, brief talks on Thomas Commuck and the importance of this type of singing among our Brothertown ancestors, lunch and lots of time for folks to talk, compare notes and get to know one another.

Brothertown Forward will be holding a post-event zoom videoconference with participants on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Stay tuned for sign-on instructions.

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