recommend me some Sacred Harp Singing tracks

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I've got a couple few from an Anthology of American Folk Music CD I've been grooving, and am completely enamored and intrigued by this style of singing. If anybody has any Sacred Harp style singing recommendations, I would be MOST obliged!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 12:44 (sixteen years ago) link

The style reminds me quite a bit of what Ladysmith Black Mambazo & the ilk do, although much more twitchy and mountainy. I can't believe I've grown up in "the South" and never heard this shit before.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 12:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Isn't it the greatest?

Have you checked any Sacred Harp Web sites? is a good one. Plenty of history and such, plus links to other sites, and maybe some recordings in there. They will also have links to various singing groups who get together on a regular basis. Such get-togethers are generally open to the public, and hearing this music live is the way. They might ask/make you join in!

Rick Massimo (Rick Massimo), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 15:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, I'm kinda planning on hitting up a "sing" as they call 'em next month a couple counties away. This music is really compelling and I'm a little bothered by how long I've lived in such close proximity to it without ever having heard it until now.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 15:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Don't beat yourself up. It's not like it's on the radio. In fact, the dogged amateur status of the singers is one of the great things about it.

Many here in New England call it "shape-note" singing, to make clear that it's a secular exercise.

Rick Massimo (Rick Massimo), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 16:38 (sixteen years ago) link

this one's my favorite. ragged glorious insane.

(Jon L), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 17:30 (sixteen years ago) link

the old regular baptists stuff on folkways is good if you like this stuff. i used to know more about this.

this is one area of american folk music i find difficult to actually enjoy, with some exceptions. there's a record of "antioch" i like very much, i forget the name of the choir.

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 03:40 (sixteen years ago) link

definitely go to a "sing."

QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN MAYO (hstencil), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 03:41 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah i have. as a participatory activity it's ace. as home listening i have difficulties. that's all.

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 03:51 (sixteen years ago) link

five years pass...

I've got the Awake; My Soul doc coming in the mail. Should I be excited?

Mordy, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 22:46 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

going to a sing tomorrow for the first time, should i be nervous? cuz i am kinda nervous. being an atheist who has never heard this stuff life before, much less sung it.

ian, Sunday, 8 November 2009 06:51 (eleven years ago) link

"heard this stuff life" should be "heard this stuff liVe"

ian, Sunday, 8 November 2009 07:00 (eleven years ago) link

don't be nervous, I'm envious

I've heard a lot more of this stuff since 04 but this one's still my favorite

Milton Parker, Sunday, 8 November 2009 08:20 (eleven years ago) link

pretty much had to mumble my way through this. i'll be better prepared next time. a lot of fun. a small and casual group but when they/we managed to hit the harmonies it was really something awesome to hear.

ian, Monday, 9 November 2009 04:41 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

I am going to a big group shape note jam on Saturday at a church in Marthasville MO that will be followed by a big ass potluck! STOKED!!!
Not expecting to be able to really sing with everyone but I'm mostly planning on soaking up the vibe, anyhow.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 11 March 2010 18:29 (eleven years ago) link

I keep wanting to go to one of these! Tell us all about it after you come back?

Mordy, Thursday, 11 March 2010 18:44 (eleven years ago) link

good luck!!! the sing i went to was very small and so kind of uncomfortable for a first-time singer. i gather that it's easier to kinda fake yer way through a larger group.

Joint Custody (ian), Thursday, 11 March 2010 18:45 (eleven years ago) link

I'm going with a friend who has been meeting with a group of 8 people locally, I'm thinking she can give me some pointers. She said that even in the small group the effect was pretty strong, a whole church full of people is gonna be intense.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 11 March 2010 19:43 (eleven years ago) link

I couldn't even pretend that I knew how to sing along with these folks but both of the hardbound hymnals (available for purchase!) were thrust into my hands upon sitting in the pew. This was a 25th anniversary Sacred Harp convention at a tiny church in Pinckney MO. We got there after the potluck had started and just gorged on food and good vibes. The crowd was more diverse age-wise than I expected it to be. There were people from all over Missouri and a fair number from Virginia and other southeastern states. Even some folks from the UK. The singing was really impressive. Certain numbers (literally, each hymn was referred to by number) really got the crowd going. It was mostly solemn, though, and even kind of competitive. They would run through the hymn only singing do-re-mi-fa-so for the first verse, then start the hymn over and sing the words. They are doing it all day tomorrow, too. Went and had a beer at a sweet country sports bar afterward, they had a shuffle board table!
Great Saturday.

Trip Maker, Saturday, 13 March 2010 23:24 (eleven years ago) link

They were going in and out of rounds and the whole thing seemed really tight on most of the hymns.
It was pretty mindboggling. There weren't any kinds of notes in the scores or anything. Also, random repeats. I just went up to the balcony and soaked it all in.

Trip Maker, Saturday, 13 March 2010 23:26 (eleven years ago) link

Oh and there was a kid (11?12?) wearing a parody sweatshirt that said "The Sosauth Butt" and inverted the North Face logo.
I guess a student here at MU has been selling these and is now taking some heat over it? Was very amused at the sight of the sweatshirt and the story. Can't believe he wore it to church! Even if it was Saturday.

Trip Maker, Sunday, 14 March 2010 00:33 (eleven years ago) link

Woah thats supposed to say "South Butt."

Trip Maker, Sunday, 14 March 2010 00:34 (eleven years ago) link
Photo of the event taken by my friend Steph.

Trip Maker, Monday, 15 March 2010 22:34 (eleven years ago) link

that looks awesome man.

ian, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 01:10 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...
one year passes...

Shot this Saturday at the Ninth Annual Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing in Providence.

Jazzbo, Sunday, 15 April 2012 15:11 (nine years ago) link

seven years pass...

Inspiration for 'Frontier', Herndon says, came from a Sacred Harp Meetup in Berlin which was jointly led by Evelyn Saylor who made up part of the ensemble of collaborators that worked on the new album. Saylor was brought on board to help arrange 'Frontier'.

Speaking about the meetup, Herndon continues: "People gathered in a square to sing facing each other. When I stood in the middle the power of the voices brought me to tears. It was partly pure sonics and the beauty of the songs, but also the sight of witnessing people from all different backgrounds come together under such a simple and elegant premise.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Monday, 6 May 2019 01:09 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Fell in love with Sacred Harp a few months ago. The Alan Lomax recordings are special.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 9 March 2021 23:58 (one month ago) link

ian, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 00:24 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...


Van Horn Street, Saturday, 3 April 2021 00:19 (one week ago) link

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