26 November 2011

Sacred Harp in Cork!

For years your editor has muttered about how good Sacred Harp singing is - both in itself, and as a vital soil for the growth of bluegrass harmony - and about how scarce it is in Ireland. Now we learn that there's a lively Sacred Harp community in Cork, centred on UCC music department. Vicky Langan writes:

Hey there, just stumbled across an old blog post of yours on the last English convention. A pity you missed out on Ireland's first ever Sacred Harp singing convention last March! We had visitors from the US and Europe, teachers from Alabama and Georgia, and a whole lotta craic was had over the course of three days.

Don't miss this year's convention!
[3-4 March 2012] PS: We've been singing in Cork for three years now. Come and join us any Thursday evening.

The Thursday evening sessions are at the Camden Palace, Camden Quay, Cork city, from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. For more details, see the 'Regular singings' page of the Cork Shape Note website. We'd be glad also to hear from anyone who took part in the Belfast Sacred Harp workshop six weeks ago.

Update: We now learn that the Cork shape-note community took a large part in the Belfast event, and that Vicky recently organised a workshop at Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway, as part of the Americana Month there (see the BIB of 9 November). Also, get a feel of the sound and atmosphere from the Cork Sacred Harp YouTube channel, where five of the seven videos are from the March 2011 convention.

Further update: See this item on the European Bluegrass Blog.

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