A traditional shape note singing is held in Belfast the second Monday of every month; this month’s singing will run 7 to 9 p.m. July 12 in First Church Fellowship Hall, between Church and Court streets with the entrance on Spring Street.

All tunes are sung first with just the notes, then with words. The energetic four-part unaccompanied singing tradition dates from Colonial New England. Books (“Sacred Harp” and “Northern Harmony”) are available for loan and purchase.

Newcomers are most welcome. For more information, call 338-1265 or 594-5743.

There are several upcoming “Sacred Harp” singings farther south. On Friday, July 23, there will be a mini-singing school and singing from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Bristol. The next day, Saturday, July 24, the Maine All-Day Singing will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Bristol, with dinner on the grounds.

On Sunday, July 25 there will a singing to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth in Hope of the Rev. D. H. Mansfield, compiler of the “American Vocalist” (1848). There will be singing from both the “Sacred Harp” and from copies of the “American Vocalist” in shape notes. At 10 a.m., singing will take place at the Morey Hill Cemetery in Hope. At 11 a.m., a singing commence and run through 4 p.m. at the Old Town House in Union.

For more information, send e-mail to singing@mainesacredharp.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.