Wicklow News: Calling all singing enthusiasts and music lovers. “Have you always nurtured a desire to sing in a group or choir? Are you keen to make contact with other singing enthusiasts and music-lovers in your locality? If so, Sing Ireland is the answer you’ve been looking for…. The organisation now has a new website … which lists singing groups across the country and anyone interested in joining a group or choir is encouraged to log on to find details of activity in their own local area. Members include children’s choirs, workplace choirs, youth choirs, hospital and care home choirs, choir clubs, university choirs, church and cathedral choirs, choral societies, and choirs for those in older age or active retirement.”
Eastern Mennonite University: Seven shapes or four notes? If you have an opinion, then you’ll want to know ‘The Musical Million’ 1879-97 is now online. “Giving special thanks to Eastern Mennonite University special collections librarian Simone Horst for her digitalization help, the Library of Virginia’s Virginia Chronicle website has launched a fully searchable run of the music journal, The Musical Million: A Journal of Music, Poetry, and Chaste Home Literature…. The Musical Million spread the Gospel of congregational shape-note singing far and wide and laid the groundwork for the proliferation of singing schools across the South.”
Launching May 19th — a digital archive of Ukranian folklore. From the site’s homepage: “Polyphony Project is proudly presenting the archives of a disappearing European heritage created to preserve the living tradition of Ukrainian vocal music. Our mission involves recording the intangible heritage of rural Ukraine in state-of-the-art sound and image quality, launching the archives and implementing online learning functions in order to integrate knowledge accumulated by generations into modern society.” There is a video on Facebook of five women who I believe are in the upcoming archive. For the first few minutes they just talk, but at about 3:05 they start singing and WOW. If you’re into vocal harmony groups like Sweet Honey in the Rock, do yourself a favor and watch that video.
The News-Gazette: In its 58th year, UI’s Dial-a-Carol embracing social media. “It takes focus to sing ‘Feliz Navidad'” when people 3 feet away are belting out ‘Santa Baby,’ ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and the ‘Dreidel Song’ — all at once. Just another day’s work for the volunteers at Dial-a-Carol, the 57-year-old tradition at the University of Illinois.” This is really charming. You do not have to be at UI or even in Illinois to call them.