John Roper of St. "Bart's", Gibsons sent in this report and these photos to diocesan communications about the concerts that took place January 31 and February 1.
As the Coastal Reporter's Rik Jespersen wrote in his preview, "there was music aplenty this weekend" and as this weekend and as the facility volunteer I got to work with some fantastic performers in the St. Bart's sanctuary.
On Friday it was Juno Award winning Canadian singer-songwriter Lynn Miles performing to the delight of a full house of enthusiasts. Co-produced by Deanna Knight and Coastal Jazz, the concert opened with songs by Deanna accompanied by Anna Lumiere on piano. Then Lynn took over with her dynamic country music country music creations filled with emotion, social angst, and humour, accompanying herself with amazing guitar virtuosity, and harmonica, interspersed with visits to the piano keyboard. After a standing ovation she circulated in the crowd and expressed her pleasure in the event saying "what a beautiful accommodation".
For a second concert organized for Saturday by Diane Baker, another crowd of enthusiasts gathered in the St. Bart's Sanctuary to hear the piano and vocal stylings of Barbara McAfee who was visiting Gibsons from Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a coach in harnessing vocal power and author of the book "Full Voice", she gave a workshop earlier in the day, and in her evening performance gave a great display of vocal authority, passion, and compassion.
St. Bart's continues to be a great venue on the Sunshine Coast for the arts.
Photos John Roper except where noted