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. Aug. 9 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.

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