Monthly Archives: March 2013

Introducing Vol. 2, No. 1 of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter

I’m pleased to announce the publication of the third issue of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter. This issue documents an important chapter in the continuing spread of Sacred Harp singing beyond North America, with singing reports by Gosia Perycz … Continue reading

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A Hollow Square in My Homeland: Bringing Camp Fasola to Poland

The United Kingdom Sacred Harp Convention Friday, September 14. I made it to England! London Luton Airport. Wizz Air, a cheap carrier, of course. I learned a new American slang word when a friend from the United States laughed at … Continue reading

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Celebrating Sacred Harp in Europe, September, 2012

The Seventeenth Annual United Kingdom Sacred Harp Convention, September 15–16 Four of us squeeze into a tiny car and set off from Norwich, cradling our precious food dishes in our laps. Stuck in traffic, the windows are wound down and we … Continue reading

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Sacred Harp Down-Under: The First Australian All-Day Singing

The question is: How did Sacred Harp singing find its way to Australia? Did Australians visiting the United States come across Sacred Harp singing and start a group on their return home? Did an Australian musician come across a recording, … Continue reading

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My Soul Awoke: The Rocky Mountain Convention

On the fourth Sunday and the Saturday before in September of 2012 I was able to be part of my first Sacred Harp convention—the Rocky Mountain Convention. How do you compress two days of volume, of the high fierce notes that … Continue reading

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Harmonious Union: How Sacred Harp Brings People Together

I recently gave a talk at Camp Fasola about the community-building aspects of the Sacred Harp tradition, and I would like to share my ideas again here. Shape-note singers, of course, already know very well the fellowship and bonding that … Continue reading

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In Search of Silas Mercer Brown

As some will know I was fortunate enough to retire from work in July 2011, escaping in the nick of time before my employer revised the retirement age upwards by a number of years. What better way to celebrate than … Continue reading

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Picturing Song Leaders in Nineteenth-Century America

One of the things that seems to intrigue new singers is the role of the leader, standing in the center of the hollow square beating time. Many assume that this practice is unique to Sacred Harp singing, but evidence from … Continue reading

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Behind A Beginner’s Guide to Shape-Note Singing

Editor’s Note: Lisa Grayson’s popular A Beginner’s Guide to Shape-Note Singing has been a fixture for years at our singings across the country and beyond, welcoming newcomers to large annual singing conventions and local regular singings alike. You can access the new Fifth … Continue reading

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