Pic­tou County Old Time Gospel Con­cert sched­uled for Satur­day

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY ADAM MACIN­NIS

It seems that ev­ery year Kenny Rockey holds the Pic­tou County Old Time Gospel Con­cert, it gets big­ger.

This year will mark the 13th an­niver­sary for the con­cert which was first held at what was then Mun­roe Av­enue Bap­tist.

Rockey re­mem­bers the first time it was held, hop­ing that maybe 40 peo­ple would show up. In­stead, more than 100 came and filled the au­di­to­rium. The con­cert, which in­cludes dozens of par­tic­i­pants from var­i­ous area churches, quickly out­grew that space and has been in more re­cent years held at the theatre room of North Nova Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre.

This year’s con­cert will be held Satur­day, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at NNEC. Ad­mis­sion is free although freewill do­na­tions will be ac­cepted to cover the costs as­so­ci­ated with hold­ing the con­cert such as clean­ing and in­sur­ance. Any above that will be given to the mu­sic pro­gram at the high school to use as they see fit. A storm date has been set for Jan. 19 at the same time.

Rockey hopes it will be as suc­cess­ful as the past cou­ple years when they had stand­ing room only au­di­ences show up. He said the turnout amazes him ev­ery time.

“You can’t get any­one out to church, but you have a gospel mu­sic con­cert and the whole com­mu­nity comes,” he said.

He said a lot of peo­ple en­joy singing and lis­ten­ing to the old hymns which aren’t as fre­quently sung in many churches as in the past.

“Every­one loves mu­sic and Gospel mu­sic just hits you right in the heart,” he said.

There’s a wide range of per­form­ers this year in­clud­ing soloists, in­stru­men­tal­ists such as pian­ist Nicole Green as well as a per­for­mance by the Pic­tou County Brass and Reed.

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