I am happy to announce the first issue of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter—a web-based publication that will feature items such as trip reports from Sacred Harp conventions and singing schools, short biographical pieces on Sacred Harp singers, other news of interest to Sacred Harp singers, and reprints of memorable articles from the old Newsletter the Pub. Co. published in the 1980s and ’90s. This issue includes accounts of singing schools held last fall in Germany and Northern Ireland, an update on the forthcoming enlarged Georgian Harmony featuring the music of Raymond C. Hamrick, a reflection by Karen Rollins on her father, Lonnie L. Rogers, an article from 1985 on the dedication of a historical marker to B. F. White in Hamilton, Georgia, digitized copies of the first three issues of the National Sacred Harp Newsletter, and a couple of other items.
We hope you find these articles interesting and enjoyable, but regardless of what you think, we want your feedback! There is a space where you can comment on any of the articles we publish. We also invite you to write in with news, questions, corrections, and ideas for future articles—whether you want to write them yourself or not!
We plan to publish this newsletter regularly, so be on the look out for our second issue in the summer.
Vol. 1, No. 1 Contents
- “Sacred Harp Comes to Belfast, Northern Ireland,” by Robert Wedgbury (Cork, Ireland)
- “German Singing Schools: Sacred Harp Comes to the Land of J.S. Bach,” by Michael Walker (London, U.K.)
- “Citizen of the Month: Lonnie Rogers,” by Karen Rollins (Bowdon, Georgia)
- “New Edition of the Georgian Harmony Planned,” by John Hollingsworth (Ila, Georgia)
- “Old Paths: Dedication of the B. F. White Historical Marker,” from Vol. 1, No. 2 of the National Sacred Harp Newsletter (July, 1985)
- “Sightings: Bruce Springsteen’s Sacred Harp Sample,” by John Plunkett (Tucker, Georgia), and Jesse Karlsberg (Atlanta, Georgia)
- “National Newsletter: Vol. 1, Nos. 1, 2, and 3,” digitized copies of the first three issues of the National Sacred Harp Newsletter (June–August, 1985)
You can find each of the articles individually at the links above, or browse them all by visiting the Newsletter’s home page.