Shenandoah Valley Shape Note Singers

Virginia Folklife master and apprentice shape note singers. Photo by Pat Jarrett.

Virginia Folklife shape note master artists John del Re and Kelly Macklin (right) with apprentices John Alexander and Diane Ober (left). Photo by Pat Jarrett.

With Good Reason producer Kelley Libby visits a shape note sing near Harrisonburg, VA where a new tunebook is bringing back forgotten songs. Along the way she speaks with John del Re about the history of shape note singing and the new tunebook.

Libby first encountered shape note singing through another VFH program, the Virginia Folklife Program. In 2011 the Folklife Apprenticeship Program featured two master shape note singers (John del Re and Kelly Macklin) paired with two apprentices (John Alexander and Diane Ober).