Category Archives: Singing Reports

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

“Oh, What a Happy Time”: The NEA National Heritage Fellows Concert in Washington D.C.

What are your hobbies? What are you passionate about? I bet most of you will say sports, reading, or cooking, right? Well, for me and many others, music is a passion—but not just any music: Sacred Harp singing. This tradition … Continue reading

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“Take My Staff and Travel On”: A Sacred Harp Journey

Have you ever wondered how many people sing Sacred Harp? Even though I have no idea what the exact number is, I am amazed by how many people around the world share the experience of this music. Each of these … Continue reading

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Road Trip to Roberta

I recently was invited to ride with the world-renowned duo of Hugh McGraw and Charlene Wallace to Oscar McGuire’s monthly singing school down in Roberta, Georgia. No Sacred Harp singer in their right mind would pass up such an opportunity, … 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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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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