Local Blues musician Darcy Perry is being joined by friend and gospel singer Sista Jacqui Baldwin for a concert at St Stephen’s Church on Sunday, December 6 at 7pm.
Born in Mississippi and spending much of her life in Chicago, Jacqui learned to sing in church and has shared her talent around the world.
Entry to the concert at the Tamahere church is a donation, for example canned food, Christmas pudding and the like, which will go to The Combined Christian Food Bank.
The pair have teamed up many times before at jazz and blues festivals to great reviews.
They promise their Blue Christmas will be an enjoyable evening of gospel and blues.
St Stephen’s, on the corner of Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive, does Christmas in style, including the annual Christmas Festival, which will open the day before the concert, on Saturday, December 5 and continue until Christmas Eve.
The Monday-to-Saturday festival has twice daily carol singing at 10.30am and 1.30am, while the church hall is stuffed to the rafters with handmade Christmas decorations for sale (proceeds to charities). It is also the place for a soothing cuppa served with homemade Christmas cake and shortbread.
The Twilight Tamahere Market, with handcrafted goods that make for unique gifts, is also on Saturday, December 5 from 4pm to 8pm in the St Stephen’s Church grounds.
The final Tamahere Market for the year will be at the regular time – Saturday morning, 8.30am to 1pm – on December 19.