Pickin’ and strummin’ for the Lord

Gospel bluegrass concert will feature local teens from Baptist Church

Just Us set to play at gospel bluegrass concet.

Just Us set to play at gospel bluegrass concet.

Bluegrass gospel music is a genre of American folk music that began in the 18th century. It is characterized by dominant vocals, often with a strong use of harmony, and Christian lyrics. It is rooted in mountain music, black spiritual music and folk traditions. Many bluegrass artists have turned to gospel music at times and among them  are such recognizable names such as Ricky Skaggs, Carl Perkins, Flatt & Scruggs, Patty Loveless, B.C.’s Jim Byrnes and scores more.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, gospel music will ring out at the Sooke Baptist Church. Eric Day and his band, Just Us, will join New Kids on the Porch, vocalists Janet McTavish and Pearl Lacey for a evening concert.

“The last show at the church gave the kids from the Baptist Church an opportunity to put some tunes together,” said show organizer Eric Day. “They couldn’t do it then… they’re doing it now.”

The New Kids on the Porch will open the show and along with the vocals they will be playing guitar, mandolin and bass.

Just Us is Day’s group comprised of Day on guitar, Steve Harrison playing banjo, Paul Lange on mandolin and Jeff Ellis on bass. They come together through a mutual love of bluegrass music from points all over Southern Vancouver Island.

This is the first time for a strictly gospel show at the Baptist Church. Day said the community of Coombs has a gospel festival which is very well received and he feels people in Sooke could be equally enthusiastic with this music genre.

Day said their style of bluegrass gospel is “about the music, not religion.”

The concert at the Sooke Baptist Church, at 7110 West Coast Road, begins at 8 p.m. with doors open at 7.

Advance tickets are available at both People’s and Shoppers Drug Marts, and at the door.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greg Chow is the 2021 Local Hero of the Year. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Fighting fire a family affair for Colwood Assistant Chief Greg Chow

With 38 years of service, Greg Chow is the 2021 Hero of the Year

(Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents can reserve provincial camp sites starting March 8

B.C. residents get priority access to camping reservations in province

The Gordon Head Recreation Centre stands in as the Quimper Regional Hospital on Feb. 23 for filming Maid, a 10-part Netflix series. (Greg Sutton/District of Saanich)
Netflix transforms Saanich recreation centre into hospital for filming

Facility was closed to public Feb. 23 for filming of Maid

Sooke Road was down to single lane alternating traffic after a motor vehicle incident Wednesday morning. (Google Maps)
UPDATED: Sooke Road reopen after motor vehicle incident

Emergency crews were on scene of Wednesday morning incident

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media File Photo)
POLL: Are you struggling with Greater Victoria’s cost of housing?

While Victoria remains one of the most expensive cities in the country… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

According to a new poll, a majority of Canadians want to see illicit drugs decriminalized. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Majority of Canadians think it’s high time to decriminalize illicit drugs: poll

More than two-times the B.C. residents know someone who died from an overdose compared to rest of Canada

Photograph By @KAYLAXANDERSON
VIDEO: Lynx grabs lunch in Kamloops

A lynx surprises a group of ducks and picks one off for lunch

Two women were arrested in Nanaimo for refusing to wear masks and causing disturbance on a BC Ferries vessel. (File photo)
B.C. ferry passengers arrested and fined for disturbance, refusing to wear masks

Police said woman threatened their pensions in Feb. 21 incident aboard Nanaimo-bound boat

When his owner had knee surgery, Kevin, 2, was able to continue to go for walks thanks to volunteers from Elder Dog Canada. (Contributed photo)
B.C. woman has nothing but praise for Elder Dog Canada

National organization has a fleet of volunteer walkers ready, but needs more clients to serve

Most Read