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‘The Holmes Brothers’ to perform in concert Friday

Members of “The Holmes Brothers” band include, from left, Sherman Holmes, Wendell Holmes and Popsy Dixon.

The Holmes Brothers have built a solid reputation as one of the finest acts in the world of blues and roots music. They have traveled the world, taking their own brand of gospel-inflected and spiritually moving music to audiences in more than 50 countries. 

But when they step onto the stage at St. Clare Walker Middle School this Friday, April 26, the band (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, and drummer/vocalist Popsy Dixon) will be very much on home turf. Sherman and Wendell graduated from the old St. Clare Walker High School and their mother, Easter Duster Holmes, taught social studies there. In fact, the name St. Clare Walker has special meaning for the brothers in that Middlesex educator John Henry St. Clare Walker, for whom the schools were named, was their great uncle.

They have appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage. They have been reviewed in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Newsweek, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Down Beat, and countless other publications. 

The Holmes Brothers will go into the recording studio next month to create what will be their 13th album. Sherman and Wendell both have been actively composing, and this album promises to have more original music than ever. The album is to be released later this year.

This Friday’s concert is a benefit for the Middlesex County Museum and the Middlesex Branch of the NAACP. “We are honored and humbled by the opportunity to support these Middlesex County institutions,” said Wendell. “We are delighted to be able to give just a little back to a community that has nurtured and supported us over the years.”

The Honeywind Bluegrass Boys will open the concert. This Middle Peninsula based band includes leader Richard Callis, Mann Milby, Dennis Emerson, and Ed Arrington.

The concert will be held on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at St. Clare Walker Middle School Auditorium, 6814 General Puller Highway, Locust Hill. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Nimcock Gallery (Urbanna), The Middlesex County Museum (Saluda) and Nauti Nell’s (Deltaville). Tickets also can be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Call 804-824-8085 or 758-3663 for more information.

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posted 04.24.2013

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