The Sacred Harp Singers of Cork have been gathering weekly to sing four-part harmony music in the American shape-note folk tradition since 2009. The shape-note system uses squares, triangles, circles and diamonds to represent notes in the scale to make the music easy to sing for beginners and experienced alike. This influence of this tradition can be heard in the songs of Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams and the Stanley Brothers, all of whom came from shape note singing backgrounds.
The Sacred Harp refers to the human voice and is also the name of the tunebook from which we sing, first published in 1844 in Georgia (USA), containing songs with roots in Irish and European folk traditions. Unlike conventional choral music, we sing with our full natural voices, for a more powerful and energetic sound. This is a living tradition with all-day singing conventions all over US, Europe and Australia, including ours in Cork on the first weekend in March. This year’s convention is expected to draw 160-200 singers.
All voices are welcome and no experience is necessary; the shape note system is designed to make it easy for beginners to learn to read music! This is a participatory tradition, so while listening is welcome, singing is encouraged.
Friday 3rd 7-9pm: Singing school with Jonathon Smith, a renowned U.S. singer
Saturday 4th / Sunday 5th, 10am-4pm: Convention singing
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At Riverside Park Hotel
5th March at 8:00pm
Theatre style seating will apply for this event.
Country star Lisa McHugh will take to the stage at Riverside Park Hotel with a lively and fun style of music, which is guaranteed to get fans to their feet for an amazing country dance night.
Fans can’t get enough of the female vocalist of the year, who has been packing dance floors around the country with her unique style of country music. Hailing from Glasgow and now residing in Co. Fermanagh, Lisa is winning the hearts of music fans everywhere.
After the success of her last album ‘Wildfire’ which reached number 7 on the Irish charts, Lisa has been whipping up excitement amongst fans with her fifth studio album ‘#Country’ released on Friday 12 August. Those in attendance will be treated to the new singles ‘High Cotton’ and ‘Satisfy You’ as well as hits from her outstanding back catalogue.
Please see http://www.lisa-mchugh.com for further information.