What is Sacred Harp Singing?

Sacred Harp notes


For 23 years a group of interested singers have gathered at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine to do Sacred Harp Singing.   These joyful singers and Sacred Harp enthusiasts gather in early April, as noted in their calendar:  “Saturday (only) before First Sunday (in April)”, which is usually on the first Saturday of the month. The people of MLLC are glad to host this special event each year.  This is just one of the many scheduled Sacred Harp Singings each year in Texas.

As noted on the Texas Sacred Harp Singing web site:  “Sacred Harp is religious folk music, which is sung with the aid of a unique shape-note songbook, The Sacred Harp, first published in 1844 by B. F. White and E. J. King. Sacred Harp singers produce a quality of sound, which is strangely compelling. Sung a cappella, the music is distinguished by its considerable use of the minor key and its unusual four-part harmony. ”  A visual sample of the “shape-note” songbook is in the photo above.

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, these interested singers will gather at MLLC in Carmine in the Fellowship Hall (the old church building on the north side of the church campus).   The room is reserved from 10 a.m. until mid-afternoon, so come when you can anytime after 10 a.m.  Some come to sing, others come just to listen and enjoy.  Therefore, everybody is welcome.

Here is a video of the Sacred Harp Singing at MLLC in 2011: click here for video.