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The Sacred Harp Tradition

As the name implies, Sacred Harp singers in West Georgia use only one songbook for their singings – the Sacred Harp.  Based on the James, and later Denson, editions of the book, the maroon-covered 1991 revision led by Hugh McGraw is the edition most seen at singings.  McGraw has been instrumental in the preservation and promotion of Sacred Harp traditions, traveling around the world to teach and sing.  The annual singings in his hometown of Bremen, Georgia, at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist church, have grown into events not to be missed for those involved in the Sacred Harp tradition.