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Arts, Performing Arts

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The Shape Note Revival

August 30th, 2015

Episode 1811 of 3777 episodes

There are no harps in Sacred Harp singing; in fact no instruments at all, just the raw power of the voice in search of spirit. A tradition of Protestant folk-hymn singing using shape-notes that’s survived in America’s Deep South for more than 200 years, Sacred Harp singing is undergoing a world-wide revival and will be showcased at this year’s Sydney Sacred Music Festival.

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