Category Archives: Singing Reports

Reports from Sacred Harp singings, singing schools, and tours.

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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The Southwest Texas Convention

This year my family and I went, for the third time, to the Spring session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Convention. The convention was held at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in McMahan, Texas on April 28–29. Here is what happened: … Continue reading

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The 27th Midwest Sacred Harp Singing Convention

The Chicago class once again hosted the annual Midwest Convention, held this year on April 28 at the Historic Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, and on April 29 at the Irish American Heritage Center, both locations on Chicago’s north side. Attendance was … Continue reading

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Fish Fry and Fasola: The Harrods Creek/Bob Meek Memorial Convention

The 17th annual Harrods Creek/Bob Meek Memorial Convention was held April 28–29, 2012 at Harrods Creek Baptist Church in Brownsboro—just outside Louisville, KY. We were blessed to have singers from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Virginia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Alabama, Colorado, and … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday Singing in Old Chicora, Florida

Old Chicora, located approximately 40 miles southeast of Tampa, FL, on the far eastern edge of Hillsborough County, has been home to Sacred Harp singing since the late 1800s. Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church has been the site since the early 1920s, … Continue reading

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Small in Number Yet Full of Spirit: The Mt. Pisgah Singing in Sylvester, Georgia

Sacred Harp music is no stranger to southern Georgia. Its haunting melodies and messages have echoed through the generations bringing tears of joy and sorrow to countless singers. Unfortunately, the decades have taken their toll on this beloved tradition in this region. … Continue reading

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Sacred Harp Comes to Belfast, Northern Ireland

The evening of Friday, October 14th, 2011 marked the beginning of a weekend of Sacred Harp singing in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The singing was held at Rosemary Hall, right next to Belfast’s All Souls Church. The weekend of events had … Continue reading

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German Singing Schools: Sacred Harp Comes to the Land of J.S. Bach

In October of 2011 I organized a weekend concert tour in Germany with a group of Sacred Harp tourists from the United Kingdom. Our trip itinerary included touring a medieval city and UNESCO world heritage site, looking in at an … Continue reading

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