'Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass' - in Dublin, 27-9 Dec. 2013
Dr Tim Sharp, executive director of the American Choral Directors Association and artistic director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus of Oklahoma, is known for generating performances of 'stunning power' and 'great passion and precision'. His publications, choral compositions, and arrangements include 'Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass', in which the movements of the Ordinary of the Mass are set to bluegrass music with Southern Harmony tunes. This has been recorded and performed with some of Nashville's finest pickers.
Dr Sharp (himself a banjo-picker) is bringing 'Come Away to the Skies' to Dublin at the end of this month, with performances in Christ Church cathedral on Friday 27 December; two sets in the Guinness Storehouse on the afternoon of Saturday 28 December; and in Taney Church of Ireland church, Dundrum, on the morning of Sunday 29 December. And the instrumental work - requiring guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, fiddle, and drum played with brushes - is being provided by musicians from the Dublin bluegrass scene.
For a foretaste of the music in this unique and historic event, use the following YouTube links:
Introit (a cappella)
Dates are being entered on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog calendar, and further details will be published when available.
Update 9 Dec.: The comments added to this post are appreciated.