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Sacred Harps
The Sacred Harp  -  Denson Edition, 1991.
(ISBN 0-9727398-0-7)

One of the most common questions asked is "Where can I purchase a copy of the Sacred Harp?"

The Sacred Harp tune book, first published in 1844, has been revised and re-published periodically ever since. It is also referred to as the "Denson Book", or the "red book". The latest edition, published in 1991, is by far the most popular of the four-shape tune books used in the USA and is used at all Sacred Harp singings in the UK.

The 1991 edition contains 554 sacred songs, hymns, odes and anthems and is widely used by the Sacred Harp community as well as hymnologists.

It can be obtained from Ian West  Tel: 01952 882448 email

Current cost:  �27.00  plus �4.50 p&p. w.e.f. 18 September 2019

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The Sacred Harp  -  Revised Cooper Edition, 2012.

The new 2012 �Cooper Edition� is referred to as the "Cooper Sacred Harp" when not called the �blue book� to distinguish it from the "Denson Book", or the "red book". Initially published in 1902 by W M Cooper, it has been through several revisions, and was known as The B.F. White Sacred Harp between 1949 and 2006. Initially it was printed as Cooper�s own revision to the 4th Edition of the Sacred Harp, which had become out of print following the death of B F White in 1879.

The Cooper Edition of 2012 replaces these earlier versions, and has been massively overhauled and reset by Karen Willard. In so doing Karen has marginally increased its physical size, and removed all known musical and typographical errors.  At the same time as resetting all the music, she has added missing lyrics and extra verses to 95 songs where space has permitted. Titling of songs has been brought into line with the Denson/1991 Sacred Harp, and the indexing revised. In total there are 612 songs. 12 of these are new, ten of which are by living composers.

The two editions have many songs in common although several have differing alto parts. The Cooper Edition contains many other mid- to late-nineteenth-century songs having a contrasting style of harmony to those in the Denson edition, as well as a number of �call-and-response songs� and folk hymns. It is being used at a small, but growing, number of two-book singings in the UK.

In the USA the base price is $20.00 per book regardless of the quantity purchased. Bulk orders are by case (10 books/case). Shipping charges (to U.S. addresses) are as follows: First book (or one book) $5.00; for additional books up to 5 books add $2.00 per book; and for a case of 10 books add $20. However, enquire about shipping charges for orders to non-U.S. addresses. Cheques need to be payable to the Sacred Harp Book Co.

In England,  Cooper Books are available from Ian West Tel: 01952 882448   Email 
Current cost: �18 + �3.50 p&p w.e.f. September 2017

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The Christian Harmony

The Christian Harmony, 2010 edition

The Christian Harmony by William Walker is a seven shape song book first published in 1866. The 2010 edition brings together the two editions that had been in use previously: the �Carolina� or �Walker book,� and the �Alabama �or �Deason book.� The book has been newly typeset and uses the Aikin seven shape system.

In the UK it can be obtained from Werner Ullah  Email

Current cost: �28 + �3.00 p&p w.e.f. February 2018
Mailing to other European countries is possible, but contact first for postage cost.

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The Shenandoah Harmony
The Shenandoah Harmony

A new four-shape songbook published in 2012.
The inspiration for The Shenandoah Harmony  was to create a collection of the best songs published by Ananias Davisson from 1815 to 1825 in the Shenandoah Valley. These works include five editions of the Kentucky Harmony  and three editions of the Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, which combine New England composed tunes with the arranged folk melodies of the era.

Currently only available in the USA here

Also available as an  eBook:

The entire Shenandoah Harmony is available as an ebook with 35 additional pages of indices. See HERE for instructions for ordering an eBook.

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Other Tunebooks used
Northern Harmony
Early and contemporary plain and fuguing tunes from New England and beyond,  together with tunes from the English West Gallery tradition - 5th edition hard
cover (black), pub. 2012.   (All previous editions are now out of print.)
Copies can be obtained from 
Steve Fletcher email
Current cost: �20 plus �5.30 p&p. w.e.f. 1 May 2018

See below for CD

Norumbega Harmony
Early and contemporary New England and Southern States' plain tunes, fuguing tunes and anthems - hard cover, published 2005.

Copies are available at �19 each, + �5.30 p&p. Contact Steve Fletcher email

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Videotapes and DVDs

"Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp"
by Matt and Erica Hinton,
Standard One-Disc and Special Two-Disc Editions

A feature-length documentary film and DVD, released in 2006, on the history, music, and traditions of Sacred Harp singing. As described in detail on the movie's outstanding Web site, over the course of seven years, the Hintons painstakingly amassed hundreds of hours of digital video footage at traditional Sacred Harp singings (from the Denson/1991 book) in Georgia and Alabama and interviewed the most prominent traditional Sacred Harp singers and composers.

See here for further details, and a video trailer of the DVD.

The Standard Edition (SHR-DVD001 and Special Edition (SHR-DVD002) are available for $20.00 and $27.00, respectively, plus shipping when ordered online at the Web site. Educational purchases and licenses are also available. 

A limited number of copies are available for sale in the UK,  for further details please contact Michael Walker email


Come to Zion
�14.10 (inc. p&p)
Shaker hymns and anthems recorded at Hancock Shaker Village
Meetinghouse, Mass.
 by Norumbega Harmony
Limited stock available: Sheila Girling Macadam email

Sing and Joyful be 
�14.10 (inc. p&p)
Recording of early American and Sacred Harp songs and anthems
by Norumbega Harmony
Very limited stock available: Sheila Girling Macadam email

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Northern Harmony
�10 each
Copies of an MP3 CD of Northern Harmony (5th ed) songs. This can be played on the computer, downloaded to an MP3 player, and played on modern digital CD players.
Copies can be obtained from  Steve Fletcher email

Sweet Seraphic Fire
(inc. p&p)
Norumbega Harmony - a selection from The Norumbega Harmony - early and contemporary New England tunes, pub. 2005
Orders for CD only to: Sheila Girling Macadam email


For those interested in the parallel English West Gallery tradition, the West Gallery Music Association and some of its member quires have a selection of tunebooks and CDs available to purchase. For further information please visit:

Village carols

The Carolling Tradition centred on pubs in villages around Sheffield is also a rich resource of music and recordings. For further information please visit:


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