Highrise Lonesome bluegrass group plays at Fraser River Heritage Park on Friday

Highrise Lonesome bluegrass group plays at Fraser River Heritage Park on Friday

Highrise Lonesome and Barbershop Chorus play at Twilight

Friday's band is a bluegrass medley, while Wednesday features a 60-member male chorus from Langley

Friday, July 6, from 7-8 p.m.

The Envision Twilight Concert Series continues at Fraser River Heritage Park with Highrise Lonesome, city dwellers who are steeped in the classic sounds of bluegrass. Although they may make brief detours off into the side streets of old-time and roots music, they always return to the bluegrass superhighway.

Sparkling vocals are a major part of the sound, with the harmonies of Sue Malcolm and Vic Smyth as the centrepiece. Sue sings lead and harmony in a warm, natural style and also plays guitar and clawhammer banjo. Vic brings great energy to his mandolin playing and lead and harmony vocals. His crystal clear baritone shines on solos and blends seamlessly on harmonies.

Don Fraser, ‘The Maestro,’ adds his inventive dobro stylings, from bluegrass and country to swing standards and gypsy jazz. Jay Buckwold has added his banjo skills to a variety of West Coast bluegrass bands. Making good use of his razor-sharp wit, Stu MacDonald has made it his mission to revive the role of the bassist-comedian so popular with early bluegrass and country bands.

The band features classic-sounding originals and innovative covers, showcasing instrumental prowess with innovative arrangements. It’s a bluegrass road trip. Enjoy the ride!

The concert partner for this evening is Fraser Valley Building Supplies.

Wednesday, July 11, from 7-8 p.m.

First Capital Barbershop Chorus is a 60-member male chorus based in Langley. They perform a cappella, four-part harmony music, sung in the barbershop style. The group has been around for over 30 years and has grown to over 60 members from all walks of life.

Many have no formal musical training. All enjoy a cappella harmony and the fellowship that barbershop provides. They belong to a world-wide association, the Barbershop Harmony Society. Their motto is ‘Keep the Whole World Singing!’

First Capital Barbershop Chorus has won music awards and international recognition for their charitable contributions, as well as praise from the thousands of people who have enjoyed their inspiring shows.

They sing a few songs from the turn of the century but have many contemporary songs from movies and shows as well as Elvis and Beach Boy numbers.

The concert partner for this evening is Save-on Foods.

The Art in the Park program continues with a variety of visual artists presenting their work each evening of Twilight.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for a fun evening at the park.  The Blackberry Kitchen and The Log Cabin Café are open. Envision Twilight Concerts are a community, free-by-donation series. For more information call 604-826-0277.

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