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Tim Eriksen - Shape Note Singing Workshop

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Tim Eriksen - Shape Note Singing Workshop

Come and learn shape note singing with Tim Eriksen! We are delighted to welcome Tim to York to lead a workshop and a singing on the Arts Barge in advance of his evening performance.

Tim's work as an ethnomusicologist and teacher has included extensive research on shape-note music in New England and the venerable Sacred Harp four-part harmony tradition. He is a founder of what is currently the world's largest Sacred Harp singing convention, in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. In the words of Paste Magazine editor Josh Jackson, "no one has done more to help revive Sacred Harp singing among a younger generation."

Shape note singing is also becoming increasingly popular in the UK with a national network of evening and all day singings and an annual convention.

No music skills or previous experience necessary, everyone welcome, even non-singers!

This is a ‘pay what you want’ free access workshop.

You can reserve a place from the Great Yorkshire Fringe website.

If you are unable to afford tickets, please contact to apply for a discretionary 50% discount.

Disabled Access  
Due to the ‘work in progress’ state of the Arts Barge at this year’s festival, we regret that wheelchair access down to the performance space is not possible.   

Through Riverside 2019 we aim to raise interest and funds to return in 2020 with full disabled access lift and toilet facilities. 

In the meantime, the gang-planks onto the barge are wide and wheelchair users are very welcome to enjoy the deck area. Our Riverside marquee (24th - 28th July) is free and accessible to all. Accessible toilet facilities in St. George’s Field car park, will be available during all Arts Barge Riverside Festival opening hours.