What is Sacred Harp?
Sacred Harp is 200 year old (folk) music from America. Sacred Harp music is sung without any instruments and is divided into four parts: treble, alto, tenor (or lead), and bass. We sing from the book 'The Sacred Harp' (Denson 1991 edition). The music is written in shape notes. This four-note system was traditionally used to teach sight reading to people without musical training and it makes it easy for (beginning) singers to join in. It is passionate, spirited music. We don't perform, we sing as an end in itself. Anyone is welcome to borrow a tune book and sing along. The lyrics are religious (Christian), but the singings have a social character rather than a religious one. It's loud and anyone can join in.