Epworth Methodist Chapel in Cherokee Sound hosted a “Big Sing” on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. on March 23, to help raise medical funds for one of their members and pay tribute and special thanks to another.
A large and enthusiastic crowd enjoyed some lively and up-lifting selections from several different artists and groups. The audience participated in the program whenever they could by singing along or clapping their hands in time to the music. People came from as far away as Green Turtle Cay and Sandy Point.
The evening started off with the Epworth Corale singing a couple of their favourites. The oldest performer was Cherokee’s own Brother Bateman Sands at 81 years young who sang and played his mouth organ.
Akehm Adderley, an up and coming singer from Dundas Town, with his strong voice belted out one of his favourite hymns to everyone’s enjoyment. The Faith Sisters, three young ladies from the Cherokee Assemblies of God, did a couple of beautiful renditions of some more lovely hymns and the audience was enjoying every minute of it.
There was a beautiful selection done by Roger Pinder playing guitar and singing a duet along with his wife, Laurel. Someone you see everywhere these days is Viola Adderly with her extremely popular Rake & Scrape program that she puts on. This evening she was showing off a brand new grater, with a proper handle. She gets the audience fired up, and I’m pleased to report her music is still fantastic (with or without a new grater).
The highlight of the evening came when The New Direction, a group with a guitarist, a piano player and three singers, who gave a few renditions from their soon-to-be-released new album, which almost brought down the house.
The evening finished off with the Corale closing off the night with more singing. At this point, the sun had not yet set and there was plenty of daylight left when Reverend Marie Neilly, minister for Epworth, closed the evening off with the benediction.
Light refreshments were served on the church steps afterwards while everyone hung around to rave about the wonderful music performed by the artists before heading back home.