When Dory Rossiter takes the stage at the Willow Creek Gospel Music Jamboree in Granum on July 22-24 it won’t be to forecast the weather.
The CTV Lethbridge Skywatch weather specialist for over 20 years is also a singer.
Rossiter is one of the lead singers in Moondancer, a Lethbridge band that will join seven other groups performing for the 14th annual jamboree in Granum.
“This is our first time at the gospel music jamboree and we are so excited to be a part of it,” Rossiter said.
Moondancer was formed by Darrell Croft, also a lead singer, who plays what Rossiter calls “a mean harmonica.”
The group also includes Brad Gillespie on keyboard, drummer Keith Duff, bass guitarist Tracy Edgar, and lead guitarist Allan Wilson.
Rossiter used to sing years ago and got back into it through the music group at McKillop United Church in Lethbridge.
“All through school, I was a part of the glee clubs, and sang in music festivals and in church,” Rossiter said. “But life got very busy and singing got put on hold until just a few years ago when I was invited to sing with Catch the Spirit musical group at McKillop United Church in Lethbridge. Some of the members, including myself, realized that we liked to perform a wide variety of music, so we decided to form Moondancer.”
As well as gospel music Moondancer plays jazz, folk, rock and country spanning an era from the 1940s to the 1980s.
“Moondancer will be doing what we like to call gospel rock,” Rossiter said. “We’ll have two completely different sets — one in the afternoon on the Saturday and one during the evening performance. Both sets are a mix of some traditional gospel favourites, such as ‘Amazing Grace’ with our own twist on it, and ‘I’ll Fly Away’ as well as crossover songs like ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Let it Be’.”
Also in this year’s jamboree line up for the first time are southern gospel group Faithful Blend from Abbotsford, B.C. performing Friday night as well as Saturday afternoon and evening.
Milk River family singers the Josties are back again this year, performing contemporary, acoustic country, and folk.
Southern Alberta contemporary Christian music trio Eliana are back again, as well as the Tapleys from Lacombe with their western bluegrass mix.
Standing Stones from Okotoks, a number of Christian musicians who after taking the Alpha course together formed a cross-denominational worship band, are also back again.
Regulars at the jamboree who missed last year, the Rawling Brothers are back for one set Saturday morning.
Calgary illusionist Steve Harmen will entertain children Saturday at 1 p.m.
The youth program Saturday at 10:30 p.m. will be led by Okotoks group FX of Grace, who were at the Willow Creek Jamboree last year under the name Majesty.
This year’s speaker for Sunday’s interdenominational service after the 8 a.m. free pancake breakfast is Pat Nixon, founder of Calgary’s Mustard Seed, the outreach for street people.
Now a Baptist pastor, Nixon himself once lived on the streets.
The Willow Creek Gospel Jamboree gets underway Friday, July 22 with a chili supper or pasta bake at 6 p.m. followed by the opening concert at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s concert times are 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
Lunch is available at the concession, and Saturday’s traditional beef on a bun supper is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Darrel Janz is back again as master of ceremonies.