St. James’s annual Bluegrass Mass is a 9:00 a,.m. service, which will be held on September 28, 2014. The service includes bluegrass standards and music by Mark Whitmire. In addition to the West Gallery Choir and Guitar Ensemble, the Bluegrass Mass features guest musicians Charles Arthur, Alan Parker and Molly Sharp.
Dobro guitar-player Charles Arthur is a versatile multi-instrumentalist who has toured with Slaid Cleaves, Caroline Herring, and Wayne “the Train” Hancock. In Richmond he can be heard playing with Johnny Hott’s Piedmont Souprize, Chez Roue, Page Wilson and Reckless Abandon, on his own, and with many others. At home in just about every style of American music, his primary instruments are guitar, lap steel, and dobro, though he can be heard playing fiddle, banjo, piano, autoharp, upright bass, and drums. He is also on the faculty of the University of Richmond as a guitar, banjo, and mandolin instructor.
Fiddler Molly Sharp is the Principal Violist of the Richmond Symphony and has played with the Richmond Symphony since 1993. In addition to playing in Richmond, she has played with the Nashville Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, and the Cascade Music Festival in Bend, Oregon. Ms. Sharp is a member of the Oberon String Quartet, which is in residence at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond. In addition to playing the viola, she also plays fiddle with the Trevillian Ramblers.
Alan Parker is an established guitar soloist and jazz professional who brings his versatility and virtuoso playing to many styles of music and a variety of instruments.
Three Choirs Concert in March 2015
The Combined Choirs from St. Paul’s, St. Stephen’s and St. James’s will sing Evensong in March 2015 at St. Paul’s. With more than 100 of some of our city’s best voices gathered, this will be a beautiful service. We hope you will plan to attend.
Homegrown Concert celebrates St. James’s Talent and collects food for the Central Virginia Foodbank
A celebration of St. James’s own musical talent, Homegrown, a concert held typically alternating years in June in the Michaux House, draws a great crowd of fans who danced and enjoyed performances by St. James’s gifted artists including Antonia Fisher-Duke Vassar, Liz Nance, Sam Zimmer, Russell Lawson, Massie Valentine, Bill Roper, Matt Lisk, Elizabeth Whitmire, and Steven Ralph.
Also featured in past Homegrowns were musical performances by St. James’s Guitar Ensemble (Richard Rumble, Gordon Graham, Alan Stone, Hank Artz, and Dave Johnson), Zimmie and the Babe Zone (Sam Zimmer, Mary Horton, Fran McDermott, Taffy Williams, and Diane Wright), and Jonathan Vassar and the Speckled Bird (Antonia FD Vassar). Admission was at least one can of food for the Central Virginia FoodBank.