Several bands will present an informal session of West Virginia's favorite traditional gospel songs beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at South Charleston First Presbyterian Church.
Expected to participate are honky tonk singer John Lilly; Bill and Becky Kimmons of Bare Bones; songwriter Kate Long; Dock Cutlip, DADGAD guitar master; Sara Cottingham of the old-time string band, Out in Left Field; an assortment of players from multiple bands and genres who come together to play in the Presby Pickers, and Vandalia Gathering regular Teri Hayes.
People of all faiths - or no faith at all - are welcome.
Selections will include "This World is Not My Home," "Over in the Glory Land," "Life is Like a Mountain Railroad," and "Turn Your Radio On," as well as several other favorites.
John Lilly will perform his award-winning original song, "Spirit Bend Close to Me," and "A Long Time Traveling," a haunting song from the repertory of noted Arkansas folk singer Almeda Riddle.
Kate Long also performs original songs, including her composition taken from Second Corinthians Chapter 13, "If I Have Not Love."
The congregation will bring covered dishes to share beginning around noon in the church's Fellowship Hall.