Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church

Mooresville, North Carolina


Solas Leighis Concert Series

Reaching Out
With Music!

Saint Patrick’s: Concert Series offers a variety of national and international talent performing for the Lake Norman community.

2015 Concert Schedule Summary
Kim Robertson – March 15   Jim Hurst – May 17
Stephen Bennett – June 21   Richard Smith – September 13
Harp Guitar Gathering, Oct. 24 & 25   Robin Bullock – Dec. 7

Saint Patrick’s is pleased to announce our Solas Leighis Concert Series for 2015 – our 4th season. Solas Leighis (SULL-uss LIE-ish) is Irish Gaelic for “healing light.” These musical performances are envisioned to bring the healing light of Christ to our community. Nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians will fill our halls with beautiful music to bring the community together in fellowship.

Each concert includes a wine and cheese reception during intermission.
Tickets at the door: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students

For questions, or to help with our concert series, please contact Sherry Klepfer at


Our 2015 concert schedule is:

Sunday, March 15, 7:00 PM – Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a renowned performer, arranger and recording artist who has stretched the boundaries of the harp for a new generation of performers and audiences. As a pioneer in the American folk harp movement, she combines an improvisational spirit with a passionate sense of tradition, bringing a contemporary touch to a centuries-old instrument.

Born in Wisconsin, she is classically trained on piano and orchestral harp. In the mid-70’s, Kim’s discovery of the Celtic harp grew into a profound love for the instrument, setting her upon the path of exploration for which she is now widely known. Kim has traveled with her harp from concert halls to grass roots folk clubs, from luxury cruise ships to remote mountaintops; she has performed concerts by candlelight, delivered singing telegrams and played herself on an episode of “Beverly Hills 90210.”

She regularly tours the USA, Canada and Europe, and is still recognized as one of the most popular folk harpists performing today. Her work encompasses numerous recording projects, published harp arrangements, and an international itinerary of workshops and retreats. Her latest release is “Forget Not the Angels.” “One of the best players recording today ... her original works have that traditional ring of truth and authenticity to them.” Visit Kim’s website.

Workshops: In addition to her concert, Kim will be conducting harp workshops at Saint Patrick’s on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15. If you would like to enroll in one or more workshops, click here.

Sunday, May 17, 7:00 PM – Jim Hurst

Jim Hurst’s unique picking style and mastery of guitar wows audiences across North America and Europe. He combines savvy guitar picking, broad vocal range and a musical eclecticism culminating in jaw-dropping performances. While he occasionally collaborates with other greats, notably David Grisman and Rob Ickes, his solo performance is what keeps audiences mesmerized.

Jim’s dexterous guitar work and pleasing vocals can lead you down a path of a lovely ballad, get your feet stomping to a train song and ultimately leave you spellbound . . . in just one medley! “Whether he’s flailing the rhythm for an old time fiddle tune, laying down a funky groove, or finger picking a beautiful ballad, his playing is both impeccable and creative. Accompanying this instrumental virtuosity is a rich and expressive voice with a surprising range.” One voice, one guitar, one great performance! Visit Jim’s website.

Sunday, June 21, 7:00 PM – Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett is an extraordinary musician, an acknowledged master of the harp guitar, a challenging teacher, a gifted composer, and a performer of astounding sensitivity. The Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association calls him “the Jedi Master of Fingerstyle Guitar.”

The testimony of those who hear Stephen is that his work is the product of both mind and heart, intellectually challenging and emotionally satisfying – and it is deeply personal, even as it is universal. Listeners have a feeling that they have stepped into the world of the musician, and for a short moment in time, there are only the two of them there. The producer of a Texas music Festival writes, “Stephen’s music draws the listener in. He has the ability to make you feel as though you are a part of the music he is making.” In France, a producer writes: “Stephen’s compositions are so beautiful, filled with great emotion and great sensitivity. He is one of those musicians who serve the music, and only the music.”

Stephen is also is the founder of the Harp Guitar Gathering, an annual event that will celebrate its 13th season in October 2015. Whether playing his great-grandfather’s harp guitar, slide on his 1930 National resonator guitar, or on a standard six-string, Stephen Bennett is a musician to hear. His music has won awards and critical praise. In live performance and on record, his diverse musical influences and interests are joined in a life-long love affair with the sound of guitar strings. Stephen will be hosting the annual Harp Guitar Gathering at Saint Patrick’s in October. Both events are not to be missed. Visit Stephen’s website.

Sunday, September 13, 7:00 PM – Richard Smith

With fretboard fireworks and lyrical endeavours, Richard Smith will melt your heart-strings and make your toes tap. Richard’s ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop. It includes Scott Joplin Rags as well as Sousa marches, Chopin, Mozart and fiddle tunes. It ranges from jazz standards to Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and to Django Reinhardt gypsy swing, not to mention his intriguing originals. He delivers both lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with vocals.

His incredible stylistic wealth is founded in a lifelong love for music. Born in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1971, Richard started playing guitar at age 5 under the instruction of his father. Richard first met his hero, the “Godfather” of fingerstyle guitar, Chet Atkins, when he was only eleven. Richard was invited by Chet to share the stage with him at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in front of an audience of 1,000. By the time Richard reached his early twenties, both Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed began to refer to him as their “Hero.”

Now residing in Nashville, Richard has toured the world as a solo artist, as well as teaming up with his wife Julie Adams for a unique guitar and cello duo. In 2001, Richard became the National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion in Winfield, Kansas. He was elected Thumbpicker of the Year in 2008 and inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in Kentucky in 2009. He is also a recipient of the Golden Thumbpick Award by the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists in California. “The unlimited lightness of guitar playing – Smith masters everything with an effortlessness, that makes all music go straight to the heart.” Visit Richard’s website.

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 PM – Harp Guitar Gathering – Concert 1
Sunday, October 25, 3:00 PM – Harp Guitar Gathering – Concert 2

The Harp Guitar Gathering® is an annual event celebrating the instrument known as the harp guitar, as well as its players, builders and history. It is hoped that musicians, luthiers, scholars and fans alike will participate in and benefit from the synergy resulting from ‘gathering’ together for this purpose.

“The Harp Guitar Gathering├é┬« strives to promote all things harp guitar, regardless of musical styles or international borders; we seek the broadest possible gathering of the kindred spirits who love this instrument in all its various forms. We further strive to promote the instrument to the widest possible public by expanding the general awareness of the instrument in media and by public performances in varying locations.” – Stephen Bennett, the Harp Guitar Gathering Manifesto

The Harp Guitar Gathering will include two concerts open to the public, on Saturday and Sunday evening. A variety of musicians will perform during these events. What an extraordinary way to enjoy a wide range of music and artists. Visit the Harp Guitar Gathering website.

Sunday, December 7, 7:00 PM – Robin Bullock

Internationally recognized as a master Celtic instrumentalist, Robin Bullock will once again kick off the Christmas season at Saint Patrick’s. Robin is a prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands and their vigorous Appalachian descendants into one powerful musical vision. The 17th-century harp tunes of legendary Irish bard Turlough O’Carolan, the spirited jigs and reels of rural Ireland, the haunting ballads of the southern Appalachians and evocative original compositions all find a musical common ground in Robin’s music, where lightning-fast fingerwork one moment is perfectly balanced with tender, quiet intimacy the next.

Born in 1964 in Washington DC, a major focal point for both bluegrass and Irish music, Robin began playing guitar at age seven, initially inspired by Doc and Merle Watson, Norman Blake and John Fahey. Today, Robin is recognized as one of the few musicians who can so successfully blend the ancient airs and dance tunes of the Celtic lands with the roots music traditions of the “New World.” In 2013, after thirteen years based in France, Robin settled in his longtime home-away-from-home of Black Mountain, North Carolina, just outside Asheville. In addition to his solo work and his guitar duo with Steve Baughman, Robin also tours internationally with Grammy-winning folk legend Tom Paxton, including Tom’s 2010, 2012 and 2014 “Together at Last” tours with fellow Grammy winner Janis Ian.

Robin brings the music of Christmas to life with carols and hymns spanning over 600 years, celebrating the Yuletide season with selections on guitar, cittern, mandolin and piano. A warm, friendly presence onstage, Robin effortlessly creates a magical world for the audience with his multi-instrumental wizardry, taking them on a journey to the heart and soul of Celtic and American traditions. He weaves a spell from centuries of tradition and the joy of the season, creating an unforgettable event of acoustic Christmas cheer. Visit Robin’s website.


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