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Sweet is the Day: A Sacred Harp Family Portrait A 60-minute video available in VHS and DVD format (please choose format during the selection process).

Sweet is the Day: A Sacred Harp Family Portrait

Sweet is the Day

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A 60-minute video available in VHS and DVD format (please choose format during the selection process).

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To view it on-line and obtain much background information on Sacred Harp Singing go to Folkstreams.Net.  This video tells the story of the Woottens, one of the singing families who have helped Sacred Harp music survive and flourish for more than 150 years.  In Sweet is the Day, filmmakers Erin Kellen and Jim Carnes intertwine scenes of family gatherings, singing conventions, and farm life on Alabama’s Sand Mountain with family recollections and more than a dozen songs from the revered shape-note tradition. The songs--performed with technical mastery, emotional power and a breath-taking blend of voices—are central to "Sweet is the Day."

As this video reveals, Sacred Harp singing has always been more than music. For inheritors like the Woottens the tradition is a life-shaping force. The enclosed 44-page film guide, by John Bealle, further explains the history of Sacred Harp singing, discusses the many traditions attached to it such as singing schools and "dinner on the grounds" and looks beyond Sand Mountain to the large and enthusiastic community of Sacred Harp singers across the nation.

Alabama Folklife Association Bookstore
Traditional Musics of Alabama
Series: Volume 6  
African American Spirituals
Liner Notes

Cover art by Bethanne Bethard Hill © 

Traditional Musics of 
Alabama Series Vol. 1-Vol. 5
by Steve Grauberger
Alabama Center for Traditional Culture

Vol. 1
Audio files & details on each song 

Vol. 2 
*not available for purchase
liner notes

Vol. 3
liner notes

Vol. 4
liner notes

Vol. 5
liner notes

The Spiritualaires CD
notes by Kevin Nutt

Bullfrog Jumped CD
see Education page

Sweet is the Day

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