Free concert Sunday in Mingo features two acts

Two musical acts with newly recorded CDs will join to perform in a free concert at Mingo First United Presbyterian Church.

The Proclaimers, a heralded southern gospel vocal quartet from Parkersburg, W.Va., and Broken Arrow, a local country folk rock band, will appear at the church at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“This is an encore performance for these two together here,” said Pastor Kenn Sickle. “Immediately after the first concert last October, many asked if we would bring them together again. So, don’t miss this one.”

The Proclaimers have recently released their seventh CD album entitled, “Ready? Ready!” While this collection retains much of the group’s rich southern gospel sound present on their previous releases, this album is somewhat thematic in scope, according to Sickle.

“The songs on our new CD reflect today’s concerns with end times and the apocalypse,” said Jim Ross of the group. “We’ve been told it’s our best effort yet. People are interested in prophecy, and we sing here about being ready for those end times.”

Also returning will be local favorites, Broken Arrow, who are in the midst of adding their third CD to their discography, tentatively titled “Brothers of the Six String.”

“We combine parts of rock, country, blues and gospel into our sound,” said lead man Mike Styer. “And we’ll play a set with spiritual underpinnings that evening. We may also hear a song from my daughter, Shelby.”

The concert is free to the public; however, a free-will offering will be accepted to defray costs.

“These are dedicated musicians who drive themselves, load and unload their own equipment and play mostly to praise God in song,” added Sickle. “There’s a joy in the sound when musicians play for the sheer joy of playing.”