The Fairfield Four, continuing to perform a cappella, have been singularly important in revitalizing and preserving the oldest style of traditional African American spiritual and gospel singing. Amazingly, the current lineup still maintains its ties to the earliest configuration of the Fairfield Four. Robert Hamlett was a key figure in the Fairfield Four’s reemergence in the 1980s and Joe Thompson, a relative of the Fairfield Four’s founding Carrethers brothers, worked with Rev. Sam McCrary’s Fairfield Four throughout the 1950s.
The legacy of their group may be massive… But last night, they summoned spirits through the most lasting, natural and convincing musical device of all – the human voice.