Country Gospel Music Concert back for 19th year


March 17, 1997|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIS IS THE 19th year that Zion United Methodist Church of Shipley and Bethesda United Methodist Church have brought some of the best gospel music around to Carroll County.

The annual Country Gospel Music Concert will be held at 2 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. Sunday at Westminster High School. Performing will be The Isaacs, Dixie Melody Boys and Brian Free & Assurance.

"It's a great combination of the bluegrass/gospel, Southern gospel, quartet style, and a family group is always a draw," said organizer Delores Bankert.

Ed O'Neal, manager and member of the Dixie Melody Boys, has entertained in the gospel field for more than 35 years.

McCray Dove, an eight-year member of the group, provides lead vocals, blending with O'Neal's bass vocals. Add to that the tenor of Harold Reid and the baritone of David Needham, and you hear four-part harmony at its best.

The quartet is rounded off with the piano artistry of Eric Ollis.

The Isaacs have been singing gospel music for years. Joe Isaacs, manager and father of the group, has a bluegrass music background. The Isaacs include Joe's wife, Lily, who has been in show business since she was a girl. Joe and Lily's three children are involved in the group, too.

Ben Isaacs, 22, plays bass, sings and writes music. Sonya Isaacs, 20, sings and plays the mandolin.

Daughter Rebecca Bowman is the group's guitarist. She also plays piano, dobro and banjo.

Jeff Tolbert has been with the Isaacs for two years. He plays fiddle, harmonica and guitar and also sings.

The newest member, John R. Bowman, is an accomplished musician who has performed with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Alison Kraus and Union Station. He sings and plays guitar and fiddle with The Isaacs.

Traveling more than 200 days a year, Brian Free & Assurance compares itself to a traveling church. It received Horizon Group of the Year honors from the readers of Singing News magazine, and was presented with the same honor at the Hearts Aflame Awards ceremony held annually in Nashville, Tenn.

Tickets are $8 for the main floor and $4 for balcony seats. Tickets sold at the door cost $1 more.

Tickets can be purchased at Bullock's Country Meats, Bullock's Airport Inn, Bobby's Hobby Lobby, Bibles Plus, McDougall's, Menchey Music and Zinn's Service Center.

Information: 410-833-6295 or 410-848-7981.

Prom fair

From noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Westminster High School will be the site of the annual Prom Fair.

"Worn-once" prom gowns and homecoming dresses may be purchased at a reduced cost. Profits benefit Parent Boosters for the Class of 1997.

Admission is $1 per shopper.

Information: 410-857-4932.

Pub Date: 3/17/97

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