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Lowcountry Sacred Harp

Here in Charleston, SC, we sing shape note music from The Sacred Harp, edition 1991, and from The Shenandoah Harmony. We meet from 2 to 4 pm on the last Saturday of the month except for November and December when we meet a week or two earlier to avoid holidays.

A CALENDAR for the academic year shows exactly which Saturdays.

Beginners are always welcome!  We have extra songbooks for loan to visitors and newcomers.

Directions to our regular monthly singing:

The Circular Congregational Church graciously continues hosting us each month, providing the lovely "Wingard Room".
The Wingard Room is on the second floor of the new wing of Lance Hall at the historic Circular Congregational Church, located at 150 Meeting Street in Charleston.  Lance Hall is the two-story building in the southeastern corner of the churchyard.

The Wingard Room is accessed from within the courtyard.  Walk up the exterior stairs or ride the elevator, then walk down the cloister.  Seeing us through the glass walls, you can't miss us.

For a fee, parking is available at the city garage or in the bank parking lot just west of the churchyard.  Enter either lot from Cumberland Street.

Note for the city garage:  take the ticket with you.  When you return to the garage, pay for the parking using a credit card in one of the kiosks on the first floor of the garage.

10th Annual Singing during Piccolo Spoleto Festival on Saturday 25 May 2019: 

The tenth Annual Singing will be on the second day of the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival. The location has been confirmed!  We shall be singing in the parish hall of St. Philip's Church at 142 Church Street.  Parking at the Church's lot across Church Street is available for $10 all day.  Parking in a city garage across Cumberland Street costs about $16 for the day.
We shall keep to the schedule of a lesson for beginners at 9:30am, the first session from 10am until noon, pot-luck dinner from noon until 1 pm and the second session from 1 pm until 3 pm.

For some photographs from our 2018 singing at the John Wesley United Methodist Church, follow this link.

Minutes from singings are posted.

For more information:
You may contact me, Stephen, by email to ss_jones "at" bellsouth "dot" net or to ssj29403 "at" gmail "dot" com.

Also see us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/978754752331799/

For more Shape Note singing within the City of Charleston, consider the new Citadel Shape Note Singing in the Summerall ChapelCadets, Faculty, Staff, and extramural singers join their voices weekly every Wednesday from 6 pm until 7 pm. Everyone is welcome.  We have plenty of printed copies for loan of the Southern Harmony, ed. 1847.  For digital tablet users, a high-resolution pdf version of the Southern Harmony is available at the Library of Congress. I, your humble webmaster, personally use this digital version on a late-model iPad.  With its self-illumination, color contrast, and easy of flipping through pages, I enjoy using it real-time during a singing. For more information, look here at the Citadel.

For even more joy from The Southern Harmony, we shall host two hours of singing in the Summerall Chapel on the fifth Sunday of March, the 31st from 2 to 4 pm.

For more shape note singing within driving distance, consider the Savannah Sacred Harp Singers who now typically sing from 2 pm until 4 pm on Saturdays at the Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Avenue, Savannah.  Savannah's next monthly singing is Saturday 9 February 2019 at the usual place and time.

The North Carolina 2019 Sacred Harp Convention is on Saturday 2 March at the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.  As a bonus, our friends in the "triangle" will be hosting a singing from The Shenandoah Harmony on Sunday 3 March.

Some of our LCSH singers will be going to the Georgia State Sacred Harp Convention on the "4th Sunday [of March] and Saturday before", i.e. 23 and 24 March.


Much more information about The Sacred Harp and shape note singing in general is available at the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association.

Older but still valid information about the Lowcountry Sacred Harp is at Tom's site:  http://iveyt.people.cofc.edu/Shapenote/default.html

Audio Recordings:

For a sample, I offer this recording of us singing "Lloyd" 503b on 28 January 2017 in the Sharpe Room of Lance Hall at the Circular Congregational Church.