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Sacred Harp
Geoff Grainger
Last updated: 27.02.22
This webpage is not intended to inform about Sacred Harp and Shapenote Singing, this subject is dealt with exhaustively in full detail on the Sacred Harp Singing domain at fasola.org. Here I would like to record my personal history of involvement in this fascinating genre which has taken me to places I have never heard of, never expected to go to and to return to places I had never ever expected to visit again.
As mentioned on the Tyneside webpage, I first heard shapenote singing as sung by Sarah Hill, Josephine Ellis, Matthew Ord and Phil Tyler at the monthly Cumberland Arms Come All Ye session in December, 2011.
And so I was invited to my very first singing, a round table affair, at the Gateshead home of the Barber family where, still enchanted, I bought my personal The Sacred Harp (1991). The first inklings of the global aspect arose from my fellow singers talking about "conventions" and "all-day singings". At that time my commitments to The North East Recorder Orchestra prevented me from discovering for myself what they were talking about but finally in September 2012, I resigned from the orchestra and was able to go to Cork Sacred Harp for their annual All-Day Singing. Wow - what an experience! I was hooked and thereafter I have traveled as much as I could around the globe to as many shapenote events possible (just check my log book).
Journeys to Poway, California for the 28th California State Convention in 2016 and to Hoboken, Georgia in 2017 for their annual All-day singing marked in one sense the end of a voyage of discovery. There, entirely amongst Americans who had been shapenote singing for generations and was a cornerstone in their whole lives, I felt even though there was still much to learn, that I had got to the essence of this genre. Community, Love, Fellowship and Harmony.
Through Shapenote singing I have a new hobby that is to attend as many 1st All-Day Singings as possible thereby traveling to new venues and making new friends.

Geoff Grainger, Sheffield, May 2018

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     From To Destination Event Remarks
           
1 03.06.12 03.06.12 Brinkburm Brinkburn Sacred Harp
2 23.10.12 01.11.12 Cork, Ireland Cork, SH
3 17.11.12 18.11.12 Haworth, Yorkshire Sacred Harp Haworth - All Day Singing
4 06.12.12 06.12.12 Durham Sacred Harp Durham - Singing School
5 28.02.13 08.03.13 Cork, Ireland Cork - 3rd Ireland Sacred Harp Convention
6 26.04.13 29.04.13 Kegworth, Derbyshire Kegworth, East Midlands Convention
7 05.05.13 05.05.13 Brinkburn, Northumbria Brinkburn, Demonstarion Singing
8 09.05.13 09.05.13 Durham Durham, SH Singing School
9 18.05.13 18.05.13 Goodshaw, Lancs. Goodshaw, Sacred Harp
10 12.07.13 15.07.13 Norwich, East Anglia Norwich, Sacred Harp
11 13.09.13 15.09.13 Durham, UK Durham, 18th UK Sacred Harp Convention
12 18.09.13 25.09.13 Warsaw, Poland Warsaw, 2nd Polish Sacred Harp Convention
13 10.10.13 14.10.13 Sheffield Sheffield, Double All-Day Singing
14 10.11.13 10.11.13 Durham Durham, SH Singing School
15 15.11.13 17.11.13 Sheffield Sacred Harp Haworth - All Day Singing
16 07.12.13 07.12.13 Alnwick, Northumbria Alnwick, Sacred Harp
17 18.12.13 03.01.14 Bremen/Hamburg, Germany Bremen/Hamburg - Sacred Harp
18 05.06.14 21.06.14 Sydney, NSW Australia
19 08.08.14 10.08.14 Glasgow Glasgow SH All-Day
20 25.09.14 01.10.14 Warsaw Warsaw SH Convention
21 16.10.14 24.10.14 Cork Cork SH All-Day
22 07.11.14 09.11.14 Stapleford Stapleford SH All-day
23 29.01.15 02.02.15 Oslo Oslo 1st SH All day
24 07.02.15 07.02.15 Oldham Oldham SH All-DAY
25 21.02.15 21.02.15 Stannington South Yorkshire SH All-Day
26 26.02.15 07.03.15 Cork, Ireland 5th Ireland SH Convention
27 28.03.15 28.03.15 Holmfirth Holmfirth SH All-Day
28 24.04.15 27.04.15 Kegworth East Midland SH Convention
29 08.05.15 11.05.15 Bristol Bristol SH All-Day
30 13.05.15 29.05.15 Bremen 3rd German SH Convention/WOHFTB
31 29.05.15 04.06.15 Newcastle Newcastle SH All-Day
32 13.07.15 28.07.15 Melbourne/Sydney Melbourne/Sydney SH All-day
33 28.08.15 28.08.15 Cork, Ireland Cork SH All-Day
34 10.09.15 13.09.15 Uppsala Uppsala SH All-Day
35 18.09.15 21.09.15 London UK SH Convention
36 24.09.15 30.09.15 Warsaw 3rd Polish SH Convention
37 12.01.16 27.01.16 Poway, CA, USA California 28th SH Convention
38 13.02.16 13.02.16 Oldham Oldham All-Day SH
39 27.02.16 27.02.16 Sheffield South Yorks All-Day SH
40 03.03.16 11.03.16 Cork, Ireland 6th Ireland SH Convention
41 18.03.16 21.03.16 Köln, Germany 1st Köln All-Day
42 28.03.16 28.03.16 Salford Salford Regular Singing
43 14.04.16 19.04.16 Paris, France 1st Paris All-Day
44 22.04.16 25.04.16 Kegworth, Leics ?th East Midlands SH Convention
45 12.05.16 27.05.16 HB/B Germany 4th German SH Convention
46 03.06.16 09.06.16 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne ?th Newcastle All-Day
47 25.06.16 25.06.16 Leeds 1st Leeds All-Day
48 05.07.16 09.08.16 Sydney Aus./NZ Expedition
49 25.08.16 02.09.16 Cork, Ireland Cork SH All-Day
50 08.09.16 13.09.16 Uppsala, Sweden 2nd Swedish SH Weekend
51 22.09.16 27.09.16 Warsaw, Poland 4th Polish SH Convention
52 06.10.16 06.10.16 York 1st York Regular Singing
53 13.10.16 17.10.16 B, Germany 1st Berlin All-Day
54 08.12.16 08.12.16 York York Regular Singing
55 02.01.17 05.01.17 Newcastle Newcastle Trip
56 02.02.17 06.02.17 Dublin 1st Dublin All-Day SH
57 02.03.17 10.03.17 Cork 7th Ireland SH Convention
58 31.03.17 03.04.17 Köln 2nd Köln All-Day
59 13.04.17 18.04.17 Paris Paris All-Day SH
60 28.04.17 01.05.17 Kegworth East Midland SH Convention
61 17.05.17 02.06.17 HB/HH Germany HB/HH WOHFTB/ 5th German SH Convention
62 27.06.17 27.06.17 Salford Salford Regular Singing
63 07.07.17 11.07.17 Norwich Norwich All-Day SH
64 21.07.17 24.07.17 Nürnberg, Germany Nürnberg Regular Singing
65 24.08.17 01.09.17 Cork, Ireland Cork All-Day SH
66 07.09.17 12.09.17 Uppsala, Sweden Uppsala All-Day SH
67 21.09.17 27.09.17 Warsaw, Poland Warsaw SH Convention
68 08.11.17 14.11.17 Tokyo Tokyo All-Day SH
69 04.12.17 07.12.17 Newcastle Newcastle Trip
70 16.01.18 15.02.18 Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney Australia Expedition SH
71 01.03.18 06.03.18 Cork 8th Ireland SH Convention
72 20.04.18 23.04.18 Amsterdam 1st Amsterdam All-Day SH
73 27.04.18 30.04.18 Kegworth East Midland SH Convention
74 04.05.18 08.05.18 Nürnberg/München Nürnberg/München Regular SH
75 24.05.18 28.05.18 Köln 5th German SH Convention
76 31.05.18 05.06.18 Clermont-Ferrand 1st Auvergne All-Day SH
77 30.06.18 30.06.18 York 1st York All-Day SH
78 20.09.18 25.09.18 Warsaw, Poland Warsaw SH Convention
79 04.10.18 09.10.18 München München All-Day SH
80 20.10.18 20.10.18 Manchester Manchester SH SingingSchool
81 09.11.18 11.11.18 Stapleford Stapleford All-Day SH
82 22.11.18 22.11.18 York York SH Regular SH
83 02.12.18 06.12.18 Newcastle Newcastle Trip
84 28.02.19 28.02.19 York York SH Regular SH
85 21.03.19 26.03.19 Köln 3rd Köln All-Day
86 11.04.19 11.04.19 York York SH Regular SH
87 26.04.19 29.04.19 Kegworth East Midland SH Convention
88 07.05.19 28.05.19 Bremen 6th German SH Convention
89 13.06.19 18.06.19 Clermont-Ferrand 2nd Auvergne All-Day SH
90 12.07.19 15.07.19 Edinburgh Scottish All-day SH
91 08.08.19 08.08.19 York York SH Regular SH
92 19.09.19 25.09.19 Warsaw, Poland 8th Warsaw SH Convention
93 03.10.19 08.10.19 München München All-Day SH
94 02.11.19 02.11.19 Manchester 1st Manchester All-Day
95 06.11.19 13.11.19 Tokyo 2nd All-Day Tokyo
96 01.12.19 05.12.19 Newcastle Newcastle Trip
97 09.01.20 09.01.20 York York SH Regular SH
98 07.02.20 09.02.20 Flitwick Flitwick - Cooper
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youtube15.jpg 106 Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (1:10) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 106 Sacred Harp Ecstasy (1:50) Bremen Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 107 Russia - Cork All Day Sing 2011 (1:48) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 117 Babylon Is Fallen - Cork All-Day 2011 (1:40) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 122 Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (1:47) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 127 Sacred Harp 127 Green Fields (3:10) Fort Worth Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 142 Stratfield Sacred Harp Cooper Book (1:59) Texas Sacred Harp Singers
youtube15.jpg 148 Jefferson - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:23) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 163b China - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:08) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg  168 Cowper - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:42) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 178 Africa - sung by Brunswick Sacred Harp Singers (1:58) Sacred Harp Singers Melbourne
youtube15.jpg 181 Sacred Harp Exit (2:07) Bremen Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 198 Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (2:09) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 201 Pilgrim - Sacred Harp in Warsaw, Poland (0:47) Warsaw Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 207 Sacred Harp Louisiana (3:49) Fort Worth Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 209 Evening Shade - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:33) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 236 Easter Anthem - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (3:02) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 245 Claremont - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (3:25) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 254 2011 All Ireland Singing Sadhbh O'Flynn leading (3:41) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg  268 David's Lamentation - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:13) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 274t Sacred Harp The Golden Harp (1:20) Bremen Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 274t The Golden Harp - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:53) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 277 Antioch - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:06) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 282 I'm Going Home - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:58) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 288 White - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:10) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 29t Sacred Harp Fairfield (2:03) Bremen Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 300 Calvary - Sacred Harp Singers of Cork, Ireland (1:45) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 306 First Polish Sacred Harp Convention (2:14) Warsaw Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 306 Oxford - First Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2011 (1:54) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg  30t Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (2:24) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 313b Cobb - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:19) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 317 Jackson - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:14) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 318 Present Joys - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:27) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 328 Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (1:57) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 347 Christian's Farewell - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:30) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 348b First Poland Sacred Harp Convention (1:29) Warsaw Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 354t Lebanon - First Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2011 (2:08) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 37b Liverpool - First Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2011 (1:34) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 383 Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (2:08) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg  384 Sacred Harp Panting for Heaven (2:08) Bremen Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 39t Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (1:21) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 410t The Dying Californian - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:29) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 421 Sweet Morning - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:02) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 430 Arbacoochee - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:54) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 440 North Salem - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:59) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 47b Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (2:08) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 47b Idumea - Sacred Harp in Warsaw, Poland (0:36) Warsaw Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 481 Novakoski - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention - 2012 (2:40) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 48b Kedron - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:46) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg  49b Mear - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:50) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 504 Sacred Harp Wood Street (2:26) Bremen Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 507 Sermon on the Mount - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (3:02) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 535b Shawmut - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:24) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 542 Sacred Harp I'll Seek His Blessing (1:38) Fort Worth Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 543 - Consecration Cooper Book Sacred Harp Singing . (2:32) Sacred Harp Mount Pisgah
youtube15.jpg 547 Granville - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:31) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 569b Sacred Throne - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:47) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 65 Sweet Prospect - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:11) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg 68b Ortonville - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:52) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg  86 Poland in Cork (3:00) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg Brunswick Sacred Harp singers singing Wayfaring Stranger. P.M (2:15) Sacred Harp Singers Melbourne
youtube15.jpg Cooper Book 505 Cleansing Fountain (3:27) Bob Meek Memorial Singing
youtube15.jpg Cork Cork Sacred Harp Singers @ Black Sun (4:29) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg Nearer My God to Thee. - 488b (5:31) Sacred Harp Mount Pisgah
youtube15.jpg PLSCH2013 - Saturday - 339 When I Am Gone . (2:33) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg PLSHC2013 - Saturday - 49t Old Hundred (1:33) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg PLSHC2013 - Sunday - 40 Lenox (1:54) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg PLSHC2013 - Sunday - 89 The Church's Desolation (2:27) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Angel Band Sacred Harp (Cooper Book) 463 (3:15) Bob Meek Memorial Singing
youtube15.jpg  Sacred Harp 156 Jesus Rose (3:03) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 156 Jesus Rose (3:16) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 163b China (2:31) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 178 Africa (Callback) (2:15) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 30B Prospect Cooper Revision 2006 HD (2:57) Southwest Texas Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 313b Cobb (1:54) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 313b Cobb (1:51) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 376 Help Me To Sing Cooper Revision 2006 HD (3:21) Texas Sacred Harp Singers
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 42 Clamanda (1:42) Sacred Harp Hamburg
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 503 Lloyd (2:15) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg  Sacred Harp 503 Lloyd (1:41) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 503 Lloyd (2:14) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 511T Brown Cooper Revision 2006 HD (3:08) Southwest Texas Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 523 Pleyel's Hymn (Second) (2:17) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 523 Pleyel's Hymn (Second) (2:34) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 535 Shawmut (2:16) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 566 Hebron (2:22) Geoff Grainger
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp Singers @ Black Sun 23-4-11 (6:16) Cork Sacred Harp
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp Singing - Documentary Part 1 (7:30) Various Sacred Harp Groups
youtube15.jpg Windham 38b (3:21) Sacred Harp Singers Melbourne