Sacred Harp

Sacred Harp is some of the earliest American folk music. Glorious, harmonic, a capella yelling.  It is being revived, of all places, in Ireland.

The immortal Alan Lomax recorded a bit in the 40s:

In the 80s, Sacred Harp was performed in African-American churches by the Wiregrass Singers (video starts a minute in, after the preaching about saving our young people):

Finally, here’s a short documentary, featuring the Sacred Cow Harmogenizers.

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