Clearwater Music Festival coming up near Caroline

  • Aug. 27, 2010 9:14 p.m.

Featuring fine Gospel tunes from artists based near and far, the second annual Clearwater Music Festival runs July 23-25 near Caroline.

Hosted by Living Faith Bible College and the Gospel Music Foundation, the event will be held July 23-25 on the Living Faith Campus located 11 kms west of Caroline.

Nashville-based singer/songwriter and harmonica virtuoso is set to headline the festival.

Greene performs regularly on Bill Gaither’s Homecoming concerts and television shows, appears in concerts across North America and at music clubs, such as The Bluebird Café and The Station Inn in Nashville, and at a plethora of music festivals.

Greene brings a wide variety of southern Americana influences to his music to create a unique musical hybrid of country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and traditional blues.

In 1991, he collaborated with Mark Lowry to write Mary, Did You Know?, which quickly became a modern-day Christmas standard with recordings by superstars such as Kenny Rogers & Wynonna, Kathy Mattea, Natalie Cole, Reba McEntire and Clay Aiken.

A Few More Years, released last year, marks his latest project.

“Music has been a great gift to me during this time as I’ve recalled, discovered, and uncovered songs that have helped carry the gospel to my aching heart,” he explains, reflecting on his father’s death, the death of other close friends and his mother’s journey through Alzheimer’s. “This collection represents just some of those gospel carriers that have worked to sustain me and my loved ones through this difficult season”.

Eli Barsi is also driven by her passion for music. For the past 22 years she’s been working as a professional musician. During her early years she performed mainly in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

Later relocating to Nashville, she honed her craft as a songwriter and began recording and flourishing as an artist in her own right. Currently, she is described as a diverse artist who taps into a range of genres from new country and bluegrass to classic country and folk.

Other artists set to perform include Kenny Thacker, Michelle and Barry Patterson, Russell Thornberry and The Larsgard Family Bluegrass Band.

Organizers say this year’s event includes several other highlights including a song writing workshop by Barry and Michelle Patterson, a campfire singsong with storytelling, a jam session and sing-along, kids’ fun time events including face painting, zip line, relay races, horseshoes and archery.

Individual concert rates are $20 per person or $50 per family (ages 12 and under free).

Full weekend rates are $70 per person or $195 per family.

Dormitory rooms and RV site reservation rates available upon request and a food concession will be onsite as well.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-838-2975.