Episode 12: Shenandoah Valley Shape Note Singers

by Tanner Latham

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.

Photos: Sarah Cumming

Episode 3: Ooker on Tangier Island

by Tanner Latham

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

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.

 

Crab shanties.

Soft shell crab.