By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Enjoy the down-home sounds of bluegrass music this Friday, Aug. 16.
The Mims-based group, Homespun, will host a free concert at Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree. The concert begins at 7 p.m.
"Our band currently consists of me, on guitar and lead vocals, my sister Millie, who is also lead vocals, her son Jonathan, who plays mandolin, Daniel Pohnert on fiddle, Tim Harris, on bass and singing tenor, and our original banjo player, Dale Parker, who is finally back with us," said J.T. Shealy of Homespun.
Originally from South Carolina, Mr. Shealy moved with his parents and six siblings to Mims in 1957.
"Millie and I grew up in a musical family of nine," Mr. Shealy said. "Millie and my three other sisters sang all of the Andrew Sisters' music back in the day and are outstanding vocalists."
Growing up before televisions and gadgets were widely popular in homes, Mr. Shealy said that he and his siblings spent most of their spare time playing music and singing, especially in church on Sundays.
Homespun will perform a fun collection of music at Friday's concert, including "Sunny Side of Life," "Life's Railroad to Heaven," "I'll Fly Away," "There is a Fountain," "Rocky Top," and "Kentucky Waltz."
"Bluegrass is a wholesome music about enjoying family, sitting on the porch, drinking iced tea," Mr. Shealy said. "It's very patriotic."
The group, which was formed in 2001, frequently performs for churches, private parties and organizations in Brevard and Orange counties.
"People who attend this concert can expect to hear a variety of Bluegrass music, from traditional and contemporary to gospel to hot instrumentals," Mr. Shealy added.
Homespun, which will also sell its two CDs at the concert, said that they aren't doing it for the money; rather, they are a group of musicians, who enjoy playing bluegrass music, simply for enjoyment.
"We have a message of hope in the Savior Jesus and eternity and peace in this life," Mr. Shealy said. "The word 'Gospel' means good news, and the music is uplifting, happy, toe-tapping music."
Mr. Shealy added that, sometimes, people get up and dance at Homespun's concerts.
"Anyone who appreciates music with intelligible words and phrases should give us a listen, as the acoustic instruments and blended voices take them on a nostalgic trip," Mr. Shealy said.
Homespun will host a free concert at Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree on Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.
Advent Lutheran Church is located at 7550 N. Wickham Road, Suntree. For more information, call (321) 222-7797.