NOTE: a more comprehensive list of psalm recordings can be found here:
I enjoy listening to recordings of psalm singing. Some time ago, I began a quest to hunt down all the psalm recordings available online. I was looking for recordings a) from the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650, b) unaccompanied by musical instruments, and c) free to download. I've compiled a list of everything I could find that met my criteria, and thought I would share it with y'all.
The number of recordings available online has multiplied greatly in the last couple of years, so I'm no longer including links to every recording that I can find. I'm just including my favorites and the ones I listen to most regularly. I've divided the list into five parts according to the five books of the psalms:
Book 1: Psalms 1-41
Book 2: Psalms 42-72
Book 3: Psalms 73-89
Book 4: Psalms 90-106
Book 5: Psalms 107-150
A little more about the people behind the recordings:
1. Santa Fe--as you probably know, Jesh and I have been hosting occasional psalm singing gatherings, attended mostly by people from the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland in Santa Fe, plus occasional guests. We currently have these recordings hosted on archive.org; the list is here.
2. CCRPC--Christ Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCGA) in Wylie, Texas. This church uses the Comprehensive Psalter, which has the same text as the 1650 Psalter, but divided into selections with assigned tunes. Their recordings are posted here. They are singing straight through the psalter, and posting new recordings monthly.
3. Free Church--the Free Church of Scotland has a few psalm recordings on their website, but many of them are from their modernized psalter, not the 1650. They also have some Gaelic recordings. Another list of Free Church recordings can be found here, but most of those are duplicates from the Free Church site; the only one I got from that site was Psalm 130.
4. Highland Harmony Singers--a group of singers in Scotland who aim to promote psalm singing. I got their recordings from the website www.psalm-singing.org.
--Any recordings that have the singers identified as "unknown" or something similar are also from the www.psalm-singing.org site.
5. Aberdeen FCC--found on the website of the Aberdeen Free Church of Scotland Continuing. This page has a very useful list of audio files of psalm tunes; scroll down to the very bottom for sixteen very nice recordings of psalm singing. And this page has two "sample tracks."
6. Niallags--these are psalms sung and recorded by Niall Maclennan and posted in this set on Soundcloud.
7. Connor Q--Connor Quigley has posted a number of psalm recordings on Soundcloud. Many of these are from the Scottish Psalter; you can listen to them here. Direct links are in the lists above.
8. EPC youth--The Brisbane youth group of the EPC (Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Australia) have recorded an album of psalms from the Scottish Psalter. You can listen to the recordings on Soundcloud here.
If you know of other recordings that are a) from the 1650 Scottish Psalter, b) unaccompanied by instruments and c) free to download, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.