The Sojourners perform in concert and offer workshops to the community.

The Vancouver-based Sojourners sound just as at home in a roadhouse bar as they do in a revival tent. In the Juno nominated and Western Canadian award winning Sojourners’ universe, gospel, doo-wop, R&B, country and blues weave together to create a unique sound that has all but vanished from today’s world. This is music that can take a punch and remain standing.

On Friday, March 6, students in the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program will have the wonderful opportunity to participate in clinics presented by The Sojourners. After spending a day with students, The Sojourners will offer up a concert open to the public in the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. The public show is in partnership with the Amy Ferguson Institute.

“These guys are the real deal,” says Contemporary Music & Technology Program Instructor Laura Landsberg. “We are truly blessed to have such amazing musicians come and work with the students and faculty. I am also very excited to be collaborating with the Amy Ferguson Institute in bringing The Sojourners to Nelson. Great things happen when the community and the college work together.”

When Canadian blues icon Jim Byrnes called Vancouver-based gospel singer Marcus Mosely on the phone a decade ago to ask if he could round up a few friends to record some backup vocals for a new album, no one could have guessed what would happen next. From the moment Mosely and his pals stepped up to the microphone and began singing, they realized that they had something very special going on. When Byrnes dubbed the trio The Sojourners the name stuck and the rest is history.

Formative years spent singing in the churches and streets of Texas, Louisiana and Detroit give the group an authentic sound that only comes with experience. This is real roots music, blessed with a soul that can’t be faked.

After a break from recording and going through some changes, they have been reconnecting to their roots, revisiting the places they come from. What came out of this process is their newly released EP Freedom Never Dies – a four-song EP that is bare and honest.

On Saturday, March 7, The Sojourners will be holding a gospel singing workshop open to the community at the United Church from 11 am to 4 pm. Working with singers and musicians of this calibre and in this genre is sure to be an inspirational and fulling experience. For more information and to register for the workshop visit www.amyfergusoninstitute.ca/sojourners

Tickets for the March 6 concert available at Otter Books in Nelson. For information on the concert please contact Laura Landsberg 250-505-2445.

– Bob Hall