Please join us on Sunday, November 7, 2021 from 3:30-7:30pm to celebrate Sid Hall’s 33 years of ministry with Trinity Church of Austin!
Sid retired as of July 1 of this year, but due to pandemic conditions, we delayed his retirement celebration until it was cool enough for us to gather outdoors. We encourage you to mask up and join us for live music, food, drinks, and fellowship at Ranch Austin with the Trinity community.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the ongoing ministries of Trinity Church of Austin. Your generous tax-deductible donations allow us to fund sliding scale admissions for those in our community who could not otherwise afford to attend.
Confirmed Musical Guests
Kelly Willis is a singer-songwriter out of Austin who started her career with MCA Records Nashville at 20 years old. She has blended country, rockabilly and folk over her 30 year career and released 13 albums. Her breakthrough album What I Deserve (Rykodisc) won the Association for Independent Music’s Indie Award for Country Album of the Year. She also makes records with her husband, songwriter Bruce Robison. Their latest release Beautiful Lie came out in 2019.
Since she started performing at the age of seven, Sara Hickman has been embraced by both followers and critics. The Associated Press proclaims, “Seek out her albums and club shows for her melodic sense, excellent guitar playing, rich voice and mix of sunny optimism with heartache.” Hickman’s home state of Texas loves her too, naming her the “Official State Musician of Texas,” joining luminaries such as Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett.
Austin, Texas duo Albert & Gage (Christine Albert and Chris Gage) have played at Trinity many times. The joy they experience making music together is evident as they travel through their musical roots, moving from country and folk to blues and French chansons. Christine Albert has been described as a “wondrous singer with a beautiful focus and unrestrained grace”, and had a prolific recording career as a solo artist before meeting Gage, including the acclaimed “Texafrance” series, a bilingual tribute to her European family. Chris Gage has been called “…songwriter, singer, dobro player, ace guitarist, keyboard player, mandolin picker, and a generally electric powerhouse with inspiration to spare.” Since teaming up in 1996, they have released six albums on their own MoonHouse Records label and built the successful MoonHouse Studio, where Gage maintains a full schedule as an in-demand producer and musician.
Nancy Scott has performed in and around Austin for over 40 years at venues such as Emma Joes, the Chicago House, Chances, the Cactus Cafe, BookWoman, Rusty’s, Kick Butt Coffee, Artz Rib House, The New World Deli and Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe. She has also played at 3 different women’s prison facilities as a part of Truth Be Told’s “Miracles in Human Form” program. Nancy is happy to have hosted a songwriting circle (once a month, for over 9 years) that started at Artz and ended at Patsy’s. She also performs at house concerts, parties, weddings, benefits and festivals. Her recordings include Both Sides of Me (1987, producer Lisa Byrd) and HeartPrints in Clay (1995, producer Betty Elders).
Critics have hailed Ed Miller as “one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish Folksong Revival” and “one of Scotland’s best singing exports.” From Edinburgh originally, for many years Ed has been based in Austin, where he earned graduate degrees in Folklore and Geography at the University of Texas. Ed is available for concerts, clubs, house concerts, festivals, Highland Games, and Burns suppers, as well as for lectures and workshops. He has recorded 10 CDs. Ed is married to Trinity member Nora Mullarkey Miller and their daughter is Maggie Miller, a journalist.
The Therapy Sisters need help. It’s too late for Prozac; these are “twisted sisters.” The Sisters take a fun-poking view of life, saying so many of the things we all think to ourselves, but are too “normal” to sing about in public.
Thomas “Doc” Grauzer is an Irish traditional harper, including in his repertoire music of Ireland and Scotland from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. He plays on both modern nylon-strung and historical wire-strung harps.