Music was a critical part of the Shaker experience from their earliest days. Even Mother Ann Lee, the Englishwoman who led the first group of Shaker immigrants to America in 1774, wrote songs. And...
Joseph Brackett, Jr., wrote “Simple Gifts” while living in the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine, so one setting for the song would be this Shaker community, the first and largest in Maine. Fou...