The Jackson County Historical Association will meet Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., at the Scottsboro Depot.

The guest speaker will be David Ivey, presenting the history of the shape note music and its connection to Jackson County. Ivey, originally from Henagar, is a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. He 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. He began attending singing schools in Henagar, under such notable singing masters as NEA National Heritage Fellow Hugh McGraw and Leonard Lacy.

Ivey 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.

Refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

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