News and notes of the JCHA

January Meeting

The Jackson County Historical Association will meet Sunday January 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Scottsboro Depot.

Our guest speaker, David Ivey, will present the history of shape note music and its connection to Jackson County.

Mr. Ivey, originally from Henagar, Alabama, is a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow and is one of the leading scholars on the subject of sacred harp or shape note music.

Ivey was born into one of the most recognized of the Sacred Harp singing families of Sand Mountain, Alabama. He began attending singing schools in Henagar, Alabama, under such notable singing masters as NEA National Heritage Fellow Hugh McGraw and Leonard Lacy, He is the recipient of numerous apprenticeship grants through the Alabama Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program. He was one of the youngest of the seven-person committee that revised the 1991 edition of The Sacred Harp, today's most popular edition among singers nationwide. He has founded a camp to promote the art form, Camp Fasola, and worked with famed music producer T. Bone Burnett to make the sacred harp recordings that were included on the soundtrack to the movie Cold Mountain.