The Spirit Train was a concert of remarkable music celebrating train songs, African American spirituals and a few transcendent pieces by Woody Guthrie, The Beach Boys and Billy Joel just to keep it all choo chooin’ along. The fresh and deeply inspired arrangements sung by the Sooke Community Choir also included powerful piano accompaniments and a solo work performed by Kathy Russell.
The music of the Celts transported audiences to a period of time far from the present day. The concert was a gentle swirl of beautiful singing and images that sent people home with lovely, soft edged memories and a yearning to capture each special moment of Christmastime. Some of the selections included The Skye Boat Song, Enya’s Only Time, and Liam Lawton’s Canticle with hand bells.
The 1970’s are considered the most creative decade of popular music in the Western world, ever. For this concert the Sooke Community Choir created a showcase of brilliant music from the 70’s. Electric voices sung selections from The Beatles, The Eagles, Queen, ABBA, Neil Young, John Denver, Stephen Sondheim, Simon and Garfunkel and Carole King.
The choir’s Artistic Director, Bruce Ruddell, conducted the concert and he was joined by accompanist Kathy Russell. Special guests were Victoria musicians Al Sabourin on guitars, Steve Duben on bass and Malcolm Cooley on drums.