Virginia

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3:30 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Authentic South: Shenandoah Valley Shape Note Singers

Credit Sarah Cumming

Contributor Kelley Libby visits a shape note sing event in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Sometimes this style of singing is referred to as Sacred Harp. That’s because there’s an old tune book called The Sacred Harp, and most shape note singers use it, especially in the deep South.

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Authentic South
9:55 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ooker On Tangier Island

James "Ooker" Eskridge grew up on Tangier Island, is a waterman by trade, and has been the mayor for the last 7 years.
Credit Tanner Latham

This episode features James “Ooker” Eskridge, a waterman who has lived on Tangier Island, Virginia, his whole life. Ooker talks about being the Chesapeake Bay island’s mayor (population 450), the dwindling interest in working in the seafood industry, and the island’s distinct Cornwall, England-tinged accent.

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