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Sacred Harp
Geoff Grainger
Last updated: 03.09.18
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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url15.gif Brighton Shape Note Singing Group webpage.
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url15.gif Durham Sacred Harp Group homepage.
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url15.gif London Sacred Harp Group homepage.
url15.gif Sacred Harp Singers Melbourne Group homepage.
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url15.gif Sacred Harp in Poland Group homepage.
url15.gif Oslo Sacred Harp Group homepage.
url15.gif Oxford Sacred Harp Singing Group homepage.
url15.gif Sheffield & South Yorkshire Sacred Harp Group homepage.
url15.gif Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention Descrition aty wikipedia.org.
url15.gif Wellington Shape Note Singing
url15.gif York Sacred Harp Group homepage.
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youtube15.jpg 106 Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (1:10) Cork Sacred Harp 106 Ecstasy (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 106 Sacred Harp Ecstasy (1:50) Bremen Sacred Harp 106 Ecstasy (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 107 Russia - Cork All Day Sing 2011 (1:48) Cork Sacred Harp 107 Russia (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 117 Babylon Is Fallen - Cork All-Day 2011 (1:40) Cork Sacred Harp 117 Babylon Is Fallen (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 122 Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (1:47) Cork Sacred Harp 122 All Is Well (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 127 Sacred Harp 127 Green Fields (3:10) Fort Worth Sacred Harp 127 Green Fields (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 142 Stratfield Sacred Harp Cooper Book (1:59) Texas Sacred Harp Singers 142 Stratfield (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 148 Jefferson - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:23) Cork Sacred Harp 148 Jefferson (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 163b China - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:08) Cork Sacred Harp 163b China (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg  168 Cowper - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:42) Cork Sacred Harp 168 Cowper (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 181 Sacred Harp Exit (2:07) Bremen Sacred Harp 181 Exit (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 198 Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (2:09) Cork Sacred Harp 198 Green Street (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 201 Pilgrim - Sacred Harp in Warsaw, Poland (0:47) Warsaw Sacred Harp 201 Pilgrim (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 207 Sacred Harp Louisiana (3:49) Fort Worth Sacred Harp 207 Louisiana (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 209 Evening Shade - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:33) Cork Sacred Harp 209 Evening Shade (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 236 Easter Anthem - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (3:02) Cork Sacred Harp 236 Easter Anthem (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 245 Claremont - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (3:25) Cork Sacred Harp 245 Claremont (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 254 2011 All Ireland Singing Sadhbh O'Flynn leading (3:41) Cork Sacred Harp 254 Rose of Sharon (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 268 David's Lamentation - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:13) Cork Sacred Harp 268 David's Lamentation (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg  274t Sacred Harp The Golden Harp (1:20) Bremen Sacred Harp 274t The Golden Harp (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 274t The Golden Harp - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:53) Cork Sacred Harp 274t The Golden Harp (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 277 Antioch - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:06) Cork Sacred Harp 277 Antioch (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 282 I'm Going Home - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:58) Cork Sacred Harp 282 I'm Going Home (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 288 White - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:10) Cork Sacred Harp 288 White (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 29t Sacred Harp Fairfield (2:03) Bremen Sacred Harp 29t Fairfield (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 300 Calvary - Sacred Harp Singers of Cork, Ireland (1:45) Cork Sacred Harp 300 Calvary (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 306 Oxford - First Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2011 (1:54) Cork Sacred Harp 306 Oxford (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 30t Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (2:24) Cork Sacred Harp 30t Love Divine (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 313b Cobb - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:19) Cork Sacred Harp 313b Cobb (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg  317 Jackson - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:14) Cork Sacred Harp 317 Jackson (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 318 Present Joys - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:27) Cork Sacred Harp 318 Present Joys (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 328 Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (1:57) Cork Sacred Harp 328 Praise God (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 347 Christian's Farewell - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:30) Cork Sacred Harp 347 Christian's Farewell (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 348b First Poland Sacred Harp Convention (1:29) Warsaw Sacred Harp 348b Fleeting Days (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 354t Lebanon - First Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2011 (2:08) Cork Sacred Harp 354t Lebanon (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 37b Liverpool - First Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, 2011 (1:34) Cork Sacred Harp 37b Liverpool (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 383 Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (2:08) Cork Sacred Harp 383 Eternal Day (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 384 Sacred Harp Panting for Heaven (2:08) Bremen Sacred Harp 384 Panting For Heaven (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 39t Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (1:21) Cork Sacred Harp 39t Detroit (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg  410t The Dying Californian - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:29) Cork Sacred Harp 410t The Dying Californian (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 421 Sweet Morning - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:02) Cork Sacred Harp 421 Sweet Morning (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 430 Arbacoochee - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:54) Cork Sacred Harp 430 Arbacoochee (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 440 North Salem - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:59) Cork Sacred Harp 440 North Salem (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 47b Cork Sacred Harp 2012 (2:08) Cork Sacred Harp 47b Idumea (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 47b Idumea - Sacred Harp in Warsaw, Poland (0:36) Warsaw Sacred Harp 47b Idumea (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 481 Novakoski - Second Ireland Sacred Harp Convention - 2012 (2:40) Cork Sacred Harp 481 Novakoski (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 48b Kedron - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:46) Cork Sacred Harp 48b Kedron (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 49b Mear - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:50) Cork Sacred Harp 49b Mear (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 504 Sacred Harp Wood Street (2:26) Bremen Sacred Harp 504 Wood Street (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg  507 Sermon on the Mount - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (3:02) Cork Sacred Harp 507 Sermon on the Mount (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 535b Shawmut - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (1:24) Cork Sacred Harp 535 Shawmut (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 542 Sacred Harp I'll Seek His Blessing (1:38) Fort Worth Sacred Harp 542 I'll Seek His Blessings (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 543 - Consecration Cooper Book Sacred Harp Singing . (2:32) Sacred Harp Mount Pisgah 543 Consecration (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 547 Granville - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:31) Cork Sacred Harp 547 Granville (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 569b Sacred Throne - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:47) Cork Sacred Harp 569b Sacred Throne (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 65 Sweet Prospect - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:11) Cork Sacred Harp 65 Sweet Prospect (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 68b Ortonville - Cork All-Day Sing 2011 (2:52) Cork Sacred Harp 68b Ortonville (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg 86 Poland in Cork (3:00) Cork Sacred Harp 86 Poland (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Cooper Book 505 Cleansing Fountain (3:27) Bob Meek Memorial Singing 505 Cleansing Fountain (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg  Cork Cork Sacred Harp Singers @ Black Sun (4:29) Cork Sacred Harp 47b Idumea (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Nearer My God to Thee. - 488b (5:31) Sacred Harp Mount Pisgah 488b Nearer, My God, To Thee (Bethany) (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg PLSCH2013 - Saturday - 339 When I Am Gone . (2:33) Geoff Grainger 339 When I Am Gone (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg PLSHC2013 - Saturday - 49t Old Hundred (1:33) Geoff Grainger 49t Old Hundred (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg PLSHC2013 - Sunday - 40 Lenox (1:54) Geoff Grainger 40 Lenox (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg PLSHC2013 - Sunday - 89 The Church's Desolation (2:27) Geoff Grainger 89 The Church's Desolation (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Angel Band Sacred Harp (Cooper Book) 463 (3:15) Bob Meek Memorial Singing 463 Angel Band (Land of Beulah) (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 156 Jesus Rose (3:03) Geoff Grainger 156 Jesus Rose (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 163b China (2:31) Geoff Grainger 163b China (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 30B Prospect Cooper Revision 2006 HD (2:57) Southwest Texas Sacred Harp 030b Prospect (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg  Sacred Harp 313b Cobb (1:54) Geoff Grainger 313b Cobb (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 376 Help Me To Sing Cooper Revision 2006 HD (3:21) Texas Sacred Harp Singers
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 503 Lloyd (2:15) Geoff Grainger 503 Lloyd (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 503 Lloyd (1:41) Geoff Grainger 503 Lloyd (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 511T Brown Cooper Revision 2006 HD (3:08) Southwest Texas Sacred Harp 511t Brown (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 523 Pleyel's Hymn (Second) (2:17) Geoff Grainger 523 Pleyel's Hymn (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 523 Pleyel's Hymn (Second) (2:34) Geoff Grainger 523 Pleyel's Hymn (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 535 Shawmut (2:16) Geoff Grainger 535 Shawmut (nlyrics.gif)
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 566 Hebron (2:22) Geoff Grainger 566 Hebron (nlyrics.gif)
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 Sacred Harp Singing - Documentary Part 1 (7:30) Various Sacred Harp Groups