Molasses Creek, church choir join talent, voices

Published 6:12 pm Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Molasses Creek will share the stage with First Baptist Church’s adult choir for some “old-time” gospel music Sunday.

Molasses Creek will join First Baptist Church’s adult choir for a special, free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The lively folk group is on the road for a spring tour. At the request of First Baptist’s music minister, the Rev. Greg Barmer, the Ocracoke-based band will mix some “old-time gospel” into its act.

“I admired their music for several years now, and so I called to see if they were interested,” Barmer said. “I was surprised that they were so willing. So, that’s encouraging.”

Molasses Creek took a top award on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” The band’s latest album, “An Island Out of Time,” hit No. 4 last spring on the FOLKDJ radio charts, and the band is currently in the studio working on its next release. Molasses Creek’s 11 other recordings have received airplay around the world. The band also received a nomination as the European Country Music Association band of year.

Barmer’s gospel requests included songs like “Church in the Wildwood,” “Whispering Hope,” “Dwelling in Beulah Land” and “I’ll Fly Away.”

After the concert, Barmer said, guests could look forward to good fellowship. The church will serve sweet-potato biscuits with molasses and blister-fried peanuts after the performance.

First Baptist Church is located at 113 N. Harvey St. in Washington. The free concert was made possible by the church’s music endowment fund.

“An Island Out of Time” is available on iTunes, at or one may pick up a copy at the performance. Longtime favorites at its hometown Ocrafolk Festival, the band was featured at LEAF and Floydfest music festivals last summer.

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