Highrise Lonesome comes to Mission on Friday, July 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. as part of the Envision Twilight Concert Series at Fraser River Heritage Park.
The members of Highrise Lonesome are city dwellers steeped in the classic sounds of bluegrass. Although they may make brief detours into the side streets of old-time and roots music, they always return to bluegrass.
Sparkling vocals are a major part of the sound, with the harmonies of Sue Malcolm and Vic Smyth as the centrepiece. Malcolm sings lead and harmony in a warm, natural style and also plays guitar and clawhammer banjo.
Smyth brings great energy to his mandolin playing and lead and harmony vocals. His clear baritone shines on solos and blends on harmonies.
Don Fraser adds his inventive dobro stylings, from bluegrass and country to swing standards and gypsy jazz. Jay Buckwold has added his banjo skills to a variety of West Coast bluegrass bands. Making good use of his razor-sharp wit, Stu MacDonald has made it his mission to revive the role of the bassist-comedian so popular with early bluegrass and country bands.
The Art in the Park program continues with a variety of visual artists presenting their work each evening of Twilight.
Twilight Concerts are a community, free-by-donation series. For more information about the shows, call 604-826-0277.