By Erin Hawkins
Olympic Peninsula News Group
SEQUIM — Sequim residents can get their fix of gospel, folk and bluegrass with a concert featuring the CD release of touring musicians Hilary &Kate from 7 to 9 tonight.
Hilary Watson and Kate Feldtkeller, known as Hilary &Kate, have been touring the West Coast debuting songs from their latest album, “Forgive Me If I Go,” and will make their stop in Sequim at Calvary Chapel Sequim, 91 S. Boyce Road.
The event is open to all ages, and admission is free.
The concert will kick off with a set of “gospel-bluegrass-singalong-foot-stomping” originals performed by local musician David Isaac Rivers.
Watson and Feldtkeller are known for their combined talents of vocals, guitar and violin creating original music rooted in folk, bluegrass and gospel. The two women from San Luis Obispo, Calif., began playing and recording together in 2012. Their music has led them to tour throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Rivers is a Sequim native who formed the band Abby Mae &the Homeschool Boys in 2009 and led the group to play all over the Northwest.
He also played regularly with Irish fiddler Erin Hennessey and currently leads folk-worship-hymns at Calvary Chapel Sequim and plays backup to fiddle virtuoso Kate Powers.
Hilary &Kate have performed three times in the Sequim area previously and said their latest album features a more Appalachian country and Celtic feel, offering a different experience from their previous work.
“We’ve had a blast playing there before, and we’re coming back with a new album,” Watson and Feldtkeller said.
Watson, Feldtkeller and Rivers met while playing a show together at Calvary Chapel Sequim back in 2013 and since then have made it an annual tradition to play together.
“I’m mostly excited to finally hear them again,” Rivers said.
“Hilary &Kate are incredible performers, and create such polished, gospel-bluegrass-country goodness, that I know it’s going to be a truly great show.”
To learn more about Hilary &Kate, visit hilaryandkate.com.
Erin Hawkins is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. Reach her at [email protected].