The 49th Annual Georgia State Sacred Harp Singing Convention will take place Saturday, March 27 & Sunday, the 28th, from a.m. both days, at Sweetwater Chapel 1000 Pleasant Hill Road Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044-3330. Visit the Georgia Archives on Tuesday, July 14th @ for a special Lunch & Learn on the rich tradition of Sacred Harp singing.
Traditional "dinner on the grounds" at noon--please bring a covered dish to share. Bring a lunch and watch the documentary “Awake My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp” which will be followed by a brief discussion.
If Awake My Soul consisted of only authentic Sacred Harp singing, it would be an invaluable archive of a form of music that few have heard of, much less heard.
However, it also boasts a second disc, Help Me to Sing...
The original soundtrack features traditional renditions of old Sacred Harp (also called Shape-Note) tunes. If you want to see it, please contact your local PBS station and request that they air it. Make it known to the programming department that it is available through APT.
But the Earl showcase was a release party for the second album associated with the film, this one featuring a variety of artists (Richard Buckner, Doc Watson, Woven Hand, The Innocence Mission, Elvis Perkins, Rick Moody, etc.) interpretting some of the genre's most well-known songs. The following are the air dates we know about so far: Please continue to check this listing of airdates. November 2007 Montana PBS 11/22 (Thanksgiving) at 10am Georgia Public Broadcasting Thursday 11/29 @ 10pm December 2007 WBCC Orlando 12/9 7pm WFUM Flint-Saginaw-Bay City 12/10 10pm KYNE Omaha, KHNE Lincoln & Hastings-Kearny, KXNE Sioux City, KRNE Rapid City, KTNE Cheyenne, WY-Scottsbluff, NE, KPNE North Platte 12/13 10PM WSRE Mobile-Pensacola (Ft.
Following the film, there will be a question & answer session with the filmmakers, as well as a demonstration of Sacred Harp singing. Even well-known melodies like “New Britain” (also known as “Amazing Grace”) take on unfamiliar heft and complexity in these arrangements, as well as a volume that is nearly shocking." Read full review here.