Chatham County's Traditional Music Festival

September 12 - 14, 2024

Sacred Harp Singers

Saturday morning at the Old Coffee Barn, 10am

Come join in singing old, haunting a capella hymns in four-part harmony from the Sacred Harp. Shape-note singing uses four distinct shapes for the note heads rather than typical round note heads, and the parts are sung using the names of the shapes as a way to become familiar with the tune before singing the words. Tunes such as Wayfaring Stranger and Wondrous Love, and their harmonies, have had a significant influence on old-time and bluegrass music. Beginners are encouraged to participate, and loaner books will be on hand. All are welcome to attend local singings; see their website for more information about shape-note singing gatherings.

Sacred Harp Singers
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