By Calum Woods
|Tune Name||Year||Type||Files||First Line|
|SHEFFIELD. 10s.||2015-16||fuging tune||Awake, my harp, my lute and cheerful voice,|
|HIGH FLATTS. 8,6,8,8,6.||2016||fuging tune||Dear Lord and Father of mankind|
|CUMBER. C.M.||2015||fuging tune||On willows, near to Babel's flood|
|EVENING PRAYER. L.M.||2015||plain tune||Jesus, to thee an evening song|
|SWEET ACCORD. C.M.||2015||fuging tune||Jesus, I sing the matchless grace|
|TROWSE. C.M.||2014||fuging tune||pdf • mp3||Lo! what an entertaining sight|
|KILBURN. 8,8,6.||2015-16||plain tune||Come on, my partners in distress|
|ATKINSON. C.M.||2014||plain tune||Father, I stretch my hands to thee|
|JOYS AND SORROWS. 7s, 6s.||2016||folk hymn||Mixtures of joy and sorrow|
|BE TRUE TO YOUR KING. 11s.||2015||part song||Come, O my dear brethren, and help me to sing|
|THE PEARL OF PARADISE. 8s, 7s, 6s.||2015||plain tune||The pearl that worldlings covet|
|BEDMINSTER. C.M.||2015||plain tune||Do not I love Thee, O my Lord?|
I began singing Sacred Harp at the age of 15 in Yorkshire. I have been singing ever since across Europe and the US South, and writing music for almost as long. I live in Halifax and I regularly attend singings in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and London.
I consider myself equally a Sacred Harp singer and a Christian Harmony singer; I write music in the styles and using the notation of both books. I draw much of my inspiration from the composers who contributed to these two books during the twentieth century, including those from the McGraw family, John Hocutt, and especially O.A. Parris and the Denson family. I also have a strong appreciation for the work of earlier composers such as William Walker and Daniel Read. I have no formal training in composition but I owe a lot to the advice and encouragement of all my fellow singers, among whom Michael Walker, Fynn Titford-Mock, Aldo Ceresa and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg have been especially helpful.
I always aim to create music that is simple and devotional in character, true to the shape-note idiom, and above all, enjoyable to sing. I welcome any feedback you may have and you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.