‘Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Mass’
When: 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 800 S. Enota Drive NE, Gainesville
On Sunday, Oct. 6, First Presbyterian Church will present two unique musical services, featuring “Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Mass.”
Described as “liturgical, bluegrass, country and Southern shape-note music all rolled together,” the show will form the whole framework for both morning services.
“Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Mass” was composed by Timothy Sharp and Wes Ramsay. Sharp is traveling from Oklahoma City to take part in the presentation and will play his banjo with the band. He is the executive director of the American Choral Directors Association, a professional organization of more than 20,000 choral musicians who work in universities, schools, churches, community and choral groups.
The Chuck Nation Trio — composed fiddler Chuck Nation, his wife Susan on bass, and their daughter Libby on mandolin — will also participate. Nation is pastor of First Baptist Flowery Branch.
All of the singers are from First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville.