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Letcher County butterflies featured on “Kentucky Life”




A uniquely American singing tradition and a look at some of the rare butterfly species of Kentucky are featured on the next edition of “Kentucky Life” airing Saturday, June 16, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 17, at 4:30 p.m. on KET.

First, “Kentucky Life” travels to Oldham County to experience shape note or “sacred harp” music. Strictly a cappella with just the four-part harmony of voices to create the sound, it’s a tradition that brings communities to- gether for hymns and anthems in all-day singing conventions. A unique feature of this form is the shape of the note heads which aid in sight reading. At sacred harp singings, there are no rehearsals beforehand.

Next, the program travels to a variety of Kentucky locations, including Letcher County, for a look at some of the state’s rare native butterflies. Other sites visited are Log House Prairie, Mammoth Cave National Park, Raymond Athey State Nature Preserve, Hickman, and Mason and Meade counties.


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