Downeast Maine

Singings Downeast normally occur on the 1st Saturday of each month.
The next monthly Downeast Sacred Harp Singing will be held on Saturday, Feb 03, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the CCLC, 10 Commissary Point Rd, Trescott, ME 04652.

Sacred Harp, or shape-note singing, is a form of a cappella sacred music that became popular in America during the early nineteenth century. It started in New England, but it was the singings in the Southern states that kept the tradition alive. Now, shape note singing is reviving in the north--including at the Cobscook Community Learning Center!

It does not matter whether you come for the gorgeous music with its unique harmonies, the chance to be part of a two hundred-year-old tradition, the kinship that grows among singers, or the spiritual message; just come ready to sing. If you've never sung a note in your life, don't worry! All levels of experience are welcome. Shape note singers do not sing alone or perform for an audience because theirs is a participatory tradition--not a passive one.

Singing with your full voice is more important than being a good singer.

The singers at the CCLC will also have the chance to learn tunes by Maine composers, with titles as familiar as “Machias” and “Bangor”.

The singings will run from 2:00-4:00 with a short potluck supper after, so please bring something to share. Donations are welcome.

See (and like) our page, Downeast Shape Note Singers on Facebook.

See Maine Singings for other regular Maine singings.

Directions to the CCLC

The CCLC is located at 10 Commissary Point Road in Trescott Township, Maine, between the towns of Whiting and Lubec in the Cobscook Bay region of Downeast Maine.

Easily accessible, from Route 1 in Whiting, take Route 189 toward Lubec and Campobello Island, New Brunswick. Commissary Point Road is 1.8 miles on the left. The CCLC is the first driveway on the left.


For more information about the singing at the CCLC, contact Kris Paprocki (207) 952-0922 or email

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