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Playlist of Sacred Harp Singers

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  • Sacred Harp Singing

    7:31

    A short piece on PGTC about the renewed interest in Sacred Harp singing among younger singers, especially those who live in cities and college towns. Includes footage from Awake My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp and it's companion CD, Help Me to Sing.

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  • Alabama Sacred Harp Singers - Present Joys

    2:09

    Recorded in 1942 by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress.

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  • 47b Idumea - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2012

    2:32

    47b Idumea, led by Claire Hogan and Irial Ó Cheallaigh at the second Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 3rd & 4th, 2012

    Video by Seamus Hegarty. Audio by Danny Forde.

    Full audio recordings available at

  • Sacred Harp Singers - Idumea

    3:17

    Shape Note singing was kept alive in the rural South and is now having a rebirth around the world. This is Sacred Harp Singers with Idumea written by Charles Wesley ( 1707-88). This is from the soundtrack of Cold Mountain. Lyrics start at :44. Enjoy...

    Sacred Harp Singers - Idumea
    And am I born to die?
    To lay this body down!
    And must my trembling spirit fly
    Into a world unknown
    A land of deepest shade
    Unpierced by human thought
    The dreary regions of the dead
    Where all things are forgot
    Soon as from earth I go
    What will become of me?
    Eternal happiness or woe
    Must then my portion be!
    Waked by the trumpet sound
    I from my grave shall rise
    And see the Judge with glory crowned
    And see the flaming skies

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  • Sacred Harp singing tradition lives on

    2:35

    Singers gather from all over the world to attend a Sacred Harp singing at Liberty Baptist Church in the small rural town of Henagar, Alabama. The historic Sacred Harp hymns and anthems date back to the 1840's. Attendees talk to Reckon about why they participate in Sacred Harp and what it means to them.

  • 146 Hallelujah - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2012

    2:14

    146 Hallelujah, led by Dara Desmond and John O'Flynn at the second Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 3rd & 4th, 2012

    Video by Seamus Hegarty. Audio by Danny Forde.

    Full audio recordings available at

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  • How To Sacred Harp!

    9:53

    This is a short video tutorial on how we practise and sing Sacred Harp songs.

  • 282 Im Going Home - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2012

    2:14

    282 I'm Going Home, led by Al McCready at the second Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 3rd & 4th, 2012

    Video by Seamus Hegarty. Audio by Danny Forde.

    Full audio recordings available at

  • 457 Wayfaring Stranger - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2012

    2:27

    457 Wayfaring Stranger, led by Mark Noonan and Mary Wise at the second Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 3rd & 4th, 2012

    Video by Seamus Hegarty. Audio by Danny Forde.

    Full audio recordings available at

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  • 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention: Hallelujah

    2:41

    Hallelujah (#146), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by Lucy Marie Heidorn. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [03.09.39]

  • 282 Im Going Home - First Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2011

    2:27

    282 I'm Going Home, led by Eimear O'Donovan at the first Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 5th & 6th, 2011

    Recordings by John Hough and students at UCC. Editing by Eamonn O'Neill.

    Full audio recordings available at

  • 236 Easter Anthem - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2012

    3:22

    236 Easter Anthem, led by Edwin Macadam at the second Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 3rd & 4th, 2012

    Video by Seamus Hegarty. Audio by Danny Forde.

    Full audio recordings available at

  • Cold Mountain- Im Going Home

    2:20

    This is the ninth song from the soundtrack to the movie Cold Mountain, 2003. Traditional song. Performed by Sacred Harp Singers At Liberty Church.

  • Nearer My God to Thee. - 488b

    5:31

    Sacred Harp singing at Mount Pisgah in Stroud , Alabama. May 24,2008

  • Im Going Home

    2:06

    I'm Going Home from the Royce Hall Concert (source: Cold Mountain DVD)
    This is being sung out of The Sacred Harp #282

    For more information on Sacred Harp Singing see:


    Sacred Harp Music Heritage Association

  • VT All-Day Sacred Harp Singing SIV304

    5:44

    3/23/13: Singers from Vermont and Canada met at the Irasburg Town Hall in Irasburg on Saturday for the Annual VT All-Day Sacred Harp Sing. Eva drove through a snowstorm to hear their sweet harmonies.



    This episode of Stuck in Vermont was brought to you by Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

  • Im Going Home / 36th Annual National Sacred Harp Singing Convention

    2:38

    06/20/2015
    at First Christian Church of Birmingham
    Shot during the field recording with Ampex 601 and RCA 77DX

    Dolceola Recordings

  • The Alabama Sacred Harp Convention - Hallelujah

    2:19

    Sacred Harp groups always sing a cappella, that is to say, without accompanying instruments. The singers arrange themselves in a hollow square, with rows of chairs or pews on each side assigned to each of the four parts: treble, alto, tenor, and bass. The treble and tenor sections are usually mixed, with men and women singing the notes an octave apart.

  • 234 Reverential Anthem - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2012

    3:22

    234 Reverential Anthem, led by Dan Hunter at the second Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 3rd & 4th, 2012

    Video by Seamus Hegarty. Audio by Danny Forde.

    Full audio recordings available at

  • United Sacred Harp Musical Association: The Last Words of Copernicus, #112

    1:42

    From Global Jukebox / Mississippi Records' United Sacred Harp Convention: The Alan Lomax Recordings, 1959, coming February 2013.

    Alan Lomax's recordings of the 56th annual convention of the United Sacred Harp Musical Association in Fyffe, Alabama, were the first made of four-part shape-note singing — America's most powerful tradition of folk hymnody — in stereo. Lomax had, as he later wrote, tried and failed, as had many others, to record this music monaurally at the Sacred Harp Singing Society of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1942. In '59 he hoped to finally do justice to its haunting beauty. Over the course of the two-day convention, nearly two hundred songs, memorial lessons, and prayers passed over the heads of his two-track Ampex recorder, with Alan's notations filling the margins of his notebook: stately, militant, lively, marvelous, fascinating performance, wonderful sound.

    1959 United Sacred Harp Convention: The Alan Lomax Recordings conveys the deep emotion and intensity of Southern shape-note singing across 18 performances, nine of which have been previously unreleased, and is comprised of new re-masters from Lomax's original stereo tapes. The recording of The Last Words of Copernicus that begins the album was used as a sample in Bruce Springsteen's Death to My Hometown, on his 2012 Wrecking Ball.

    Tracks:
    1. The Last Words of Copernicus (112)
    2. The Bower of Prayer (100)*
    3. Newburgh (182)
    4. Minister's Farewell (69t)*
    5. Logan (302)*
    6. Sabbath Morning (283)*
    7. New Topia (215)*
    8. Present Joys (318)
    9. Greenwich (183)
    10. Arbacoochie (430)*
    11. Invitation (327)*
    12. Huntington (193)*
    13. Morning Prayer (411)*
    14. Mount Zion (220)
    15. New Jerusalem (299)
    16. The Parting Hand (62)
    17. Hallelujah / New Britain (146 / 45t)

    *Previously unreleased.
    Numbers denote page number in the 1991 edition of The Sacred Harp.

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  • Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers: Give Me Just A Little More Time

    2:21

    Give Me Just A Little More Time, performed by the Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers: Alice Williams, Doyle Williams, Robert Reynolds, Henry Jacobs Jackson, Gladys Bivens, Penny Franklin Davis, Willie Dale Lewis, Annie Joyce Belcher, Pauline Griggs, and Bernice Harvey. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, July, 1983. For more videos from the American Patchwork fieldwork and information about Alan Lomax and his collections, visit: [05.01.27]

  • Lawrenceburg / Sacred Harp Singing at Liberty Baptist Church

    2:25

    6/4/2017
    at Liberty Baptist Church
    Shot during the field recording with Ampex 601 and RCA 77DX

    Dolceola Recordings

  • Sacred Harp 457 Wayfaring Stranger

    2:28

    The traditional folk tune harmonized for shape note/Sacred Harp singing. As recorded at the annual Michiana Singing near Goshen, Indiana, July 18, 2009.

  • 148 Jefferson - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2012

    2:30

    148 Jefferson, led by Kuba Choinski & Sadhbh O'Flynn at the second Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 3rd & 4th, 2012

    Video by Seamus Hegarty. Audio by Danny Forde.

    Full audio recordings available at

  • Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers • Prayer/Come To Jesus Now

    3:31



    Perhaps you are familiar with Sacred Harp music, a form of non-denominational sacred chorus singing that came out of the American south during the 18th century. It's had a quite a comeback recently (you can find sacred harp singing groups across America today, open to all who are willing to sing democratically). But rarely is there reference to it's manifestation in African-American culture, which here - in 1980's Pisgah, Alabama - displays a devout rawness and intense emotional expression that both characterizes and perhaps exceeds what sacred harp singing has come to be known for.

  • 300 Calvary - Sacred Harp Singers of Cork, Ireland

    1:45

    Every Thursday a group of Sacred Harp singers meet upstairs at the Camden Palace, Cork to sing between 7 and 9 pm.

    This video was shot by Jakub Lipski the evening before the first Ireland Sacred Harp Convention on March 3rd 2011.

  • Soar Away Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church

    1:58

    UPDATE:
    Listen to a new recording by this group at

    A group of Primitive Baptist young people singing Soar Away (Sacred Harp 455) in Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
    Unstaged! Thanks to YouTuber bmelcho for capturing part of an awesome day on video.

    I want a sober mind
    An all sustaining eye
    To see my God above
    And to the heavens fly

    I'd soar away above the sky
    I'd fly to see my God above

    I want a Godly fear
    A quick discerning eye
    That looks to Thee my God
    And see the tempter fly

  • Alabama Sacred Harp Singers - Antioch

    1:40

    Recorded in 1942 by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress.

  • #45 - Present Joys - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers

    2:53

  • Cold Mountain- Idumea

    3:19

    This is the nineteenth and final song from the soundtrack from the movie Cold Mountain, 2003. Traditional song written by Charles Westley 1707, Amizi Chapin 1812 and arranged by Tim Eriksen. Performed by Sacred Harp Singers At Liberty Church.

  • 268 Davids Lamentation - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2012

    3:12

    268 David's Lamentaion, led by Jean Seiler and Mary Ryder at the second Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 3rd & 4th, 2012

    Video by Seamus Hegarty. Audio by Danny Forde.

    Full audio recordings available at

  • 171 Exhortation - The Seventh Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2017 HD

    2:20

    Bryan Seale opening the Seventh Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, March 4th & 5th 2017 in Cork.

    Audio:
    Video:

  • Dewey Williams, 81st Birthday Singing, Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers, film

    17:00

    1979 independent film project directed by Landon McCrary, camera/editing , Landon McCrary; 2nd camera, David Olive; sound Charlie Burrus,; script clerk/ stills, Donna McCrary; Production Assistants Wade Black and Henry Willett; Graphics, Greg Killmaster; Shot on Location in Ozark Alabama with the Wiregrass Singers, Director Dewey Williams and Assistant Director Henry Japheth Jackson

  • Alabama Sacred Harp Singers-Cuba

    3:04

    Alabama Sacred Harp Singers-Cuba

  • Sacred Harp 45T New Britain HD Stereo

    2:50


    Henderson, Texas
    08-11-2012
    2006 Cooper Revision
    1080P

  • 47b Idumea - The Ninth Ireland Sacred Harp Convention

    2:37

    Jelle Kuiper and Tivery leading.

    The Ninth Ireland Sacred Harp Convention was held on the 2nd and 3rd March 2019, in St. Maries of the Isle school, Bishop Street, Cork.

    Video and recordings by Amanda Parkes and Kevin Kennedy.

    Audio recordings available at

  • Sacred Harp 159 Wondrous Love HD Stereo

    2:19



    Henderson, Texas
    08-11-2012
    2006 Cooper Revision
    1080P

  • Sacred Harp Singers at Newport

    1:21


    Tim Eriksen leads 70 New England area Sacred Harp singers at Newport Folk Festival, 2006 in the song Calvary, page 300 in the Sacred Harp, composed by Daniel Read, 1785 New Haven, CT.

  • Sacred Harp 45T New Britain HD

    2:51

    Sacred Harp 45T New Britain (Amazing Grace) HD
    Cooper Revision 2006 HD
    McMahan TX Southwest Sacred Harp Singing Convention 05-28-2011
    Texas Sacred Harp Singers

    Acapella Hymn Shape Note Singing Fasola


    Lyrics:

    Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found,
    Was blind, but now I see.

    'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved;
    How precious did that grace appear,
    The hour I first believed!

    Thru many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come;
    'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.

    The Lord has promised good to me,
    His word my hope secures;
    He will my shield and portion be,
    As long as life endures.

  • Sacred Harp 376: Help Me to Sing

    2:20

    Warren Steel leads Help Me to Sing by B.F. White (1800-1879) at Holly Springs Church, Georgia, 5 June 1982. Filmed by Alan Lomax (1915-2002). Most of the singers in this video are now deceased, including Lloyd Redding, Preston Crider, E.C. Bowen, Marie Aldridge, Kelley Beard, George Woodard, Chester Wootten and Bob Denson. Posted with permission of the Association for Cultural Equity (see Alan Lomax Archive channel).

  • Alabama Sacred Harp Singers - Windham

    2:06

    Recorded in 1942 by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress.

  • 122 All Is Well - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2012

    2:08

    122 All Is Well, led by Hugh McKenna and Joseph McGilloway at the second Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 3rd & 4th, 2012

    Video by Seamus Hegarty. Audio by Danny Forde.

    Full audio recordings available at

  • 277 Antioch - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2012

    2:12

    277 Antioch, led by Ewan Patterson at the second Ireland Sacred Harp convention, March 3rd & 4th, 2012

    Video by Seamus Hegarty. Audio by Danny Forde.

    Full audio recordings available at

  • Alabama Sacred Harp Singers - Rocky Road.wmv

    2:47

    Rocky Road performed by the Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
    Album - Harry Smith's Anthology of Folk Music

  • Allisons Sacred Harp Singers-Im A Long Time Travelling Away From Home

    2:57

    Allison's Sacred Harp Singers-I'm A Long Time Travelling Away From Home

  • Roswell Sacred Harp Singers - Sabbath Morning

    2:14

    Album: I BeLong To This Band - uploaded via

  • Roswell Sacred Harp Singers - White

    2:51

    Album: I BeLong To This Band - uploaded via

  • 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention: Sherburne

    1:58

    Sherburne (#186), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by D.T. White. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [03.09.49]

  • 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention: Idumea

    2:52

    Idumea (#47b), also known as And Am I Born to Die?), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by Mark Brown. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [03.09.57]

  • 2020 Tenth Ireland Sacred Harp Convention

    8:32

    Songs from the Tenth Ireland Sacred Harp Convention in Cork, Sunday 1st March, 2020.

    Jasper [426b]
    Hampton [538]
    Saints Bound for Heaven [35]
    Bridgewater [276]

    The Sacred Harp Singers of Cork audio and video recordings here:

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