Cork Sacred Harp weekly singings have resumed. If you are planning on attending a weekly singing, please note the following:

All singers should be fully vaccinated.

All singers should have a negative antigen test result on the day of the singing. Antigen tests will be available at the singing; each singer may take one to replace the one used for earlier testing, or in the event that you have forgotten to take one that evening, you may take a test in an adjoining room and join once a negative test is obtained.

Masks are not required for singing, but singers are welcome to wear masks if they so wish.

We will be singing in a hollow square; however singers are welcome to sit outside the square.

If you feel in any way unwell, exhibit any COVID related symptoms, or have had a positive test in the last 10 days, please stay home.

If you have a positive test within 5 days after a singing, please notify us at

We will endeavour to sing every Thursday. In case of a weekly singing being cancelled, notification will be posted on by 17:00 that day.

Sacred Harp is an American four part harmony folk singing tradition from with songs dating from the 16th through the 20th centuries, characterised by haunting harmonies, traditional modes, raucous songs, serene hymns, fast fugues, and high-energy anthems. The term Sacred Harp refers to the human voice and is also name of the tune book from which we sing, first published in 1844 and most recently revised in 1991. The shape-note system uses squares, triangles, circles and diamonds corresponding to notes in the scale, making the music easy to sing for beginners and experienced alike. 

The Sacred Harp Singers of Cork have been singing since 2009. We do not have rehearsals; we simply meet weekly sing for pure enjoyment. There is no conductor or director - anyone who wishes to choose and lead a song from the book can do so. We sing every Thursday from 7-9pm in the Unitarian Church, Prince's St, often followed by a social beverage.

We sing in full natural voice, so it's pretty loud, making it a great environment for beginners to build confidence in their voices. New singers of all levels of experience are always welcome - no prior sight reading ability necessary. Just turn up any Thursday and sing with us!