Benefit Concert

Saturday September 14


7p Doors Open
7.15p Charity Introduction
7.30p Live Music

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The Charity

The Outreach Committee is hosting our third benefit concert.
We are pleased to introduce ICARA: Initiative for Children at Risk Africa.

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Patrice Penney, a regular member of our parish, founded (2014) and directs the Initiative for Children at Risk Africa. She has worked in sub-Saharan Africa for close to 20 years, living in Kenya for 10.

The focus of ICARA is nurturing care of orphaned and vulnerable African children, in both orphanages and extended family and community care. These children have experienced a whole host of overwhelming losses and traumas including death of parents, abandonment, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, rape, child labor, loss of schooling, dislocation, poverty, and community violence. ICARA is passionately committed to caregiver training, with the goal of equipping caregivers to build secure bonds with children in their care, and help them heal from trauma.

ICARA teaches caregiving based in security and belonging, playful relational interactions to support healing, restorative discipline, and trauma-informed practices to help children regain emotional calm so they can learn, grow, and ultimately thrive. ICARA always partners with organizations “on the ground” caring for children, including government, church, school, and police, and is training African trainers to multiply the training focus regionally.

All proceeds from this concert will benefit the work of ICARA. Colorful African artisan made baskets will also be for sale before and after the concert in the gathering space. ICARA is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.


The Music

Kelley McLachlan



About Kelley, vocals & guitar

Old time sorrow tinged with soulful melodies, southern gothic lyrics, and the occasional upbeat toe-tapper with the ruckus of kazoo describe the music of singer-songwriter Kelley McLachlan. She is one of the front women for bands such as The Post-Timey String Band and Boomtown Waifs (formerly Prairie Willows) allowing her to vary in genres from folk to blues and from old-time to more soulful hip hop songs coated in bluegrass.'

“McLachlan’s voice uses a big range and dramatic nuance on the delivery to great success” – Independent Clauses

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Mary Ann Hurst

with Richard Maxwell & Jim Mings

Traditional Jazz

About Mary Anne, vocals

Born in Long Island, New York, Mary Ann has traveled the globe, including Europe and Asia. Focus has been on building China-US relations for several years. Her musical talents has spanned genres such as musical theater, jazz, symphony chorus, and college & church choirs. She has collected and translated Chinese folksongs while living in Beijing. She recorded an album entitled “Chinese Folksongs in a Jazz Mode” with some of Texas' top jazz musicians while living in San Antonio. The album features songs sung in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English and available at She now lives in Camden.

About Jim, guitar

When Jim came to Columbia in the mid 1970’s, he was already known as a guitar hero in his hometown of Austin, TX. By the time Jim was in high school in the 1960’s, he was one of the city’s top blues and rock players, performing nightly at Austin’s legendary nightclubs of the time: The Continental Club, Vulcan Gas Company, and Armadillo World Headquarters, as well as performing with many blues and rock legends, including Johnny Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, ZZ Top, and Jimmy Vaughan. In these early days, Jim’s admirers already included none other than the young Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, both mentioning him in interviews as one of their early blues guitar influences. Eric Johnson mentioned Jim during an interview with Guitar Player Magazine.

Jim regularly performs with many top local jazz players in addition to backing up many famous musicians traveling through town.

About Richard, guitar

Guitarist Richard Maxwell performs throughout the southeast at concerts and clinics. His articles, transcriptions and music engraving work have appeared in Just Jazz Guitar magazine and Mel Bay books. He transcribed works for the Mel Bay book, Bucky Pizzarelli Master Jazz Guitar and has written solo guitar arrangements for other Mel Bay books. Locally he performs with many players including: Kristi Hood, saxophonist and vocalist Mary Clare Gatch, The Ross Holmes Band, The Dick Goodwin Band and vocalist Mary Ann Hurst. Richard plays a custom built Comins 7-string archtop guitar, Yamaha GC-70 Classical guitar, and uses Comins amps.


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Randy Lucas Trio

with Dave Holder and Ella Thomas

Modern Bluegrass

About Randy, vocals, banjo, guitar

The stars were aligned, it seems, for Randy Lucas to become one of the best banjo players in South Carolina and to win the 1997 National Banjo Championship. He was born into a family in which his great-grandfather played fiddle, his grandfather played guitar, and his father played banjo and guitar. He was even named after a banjo tune by Earl Scruggs called “Randy Lynn Rag.”
Lucas has been playing his own banjo since the age of 5, and grew up blending traditional bluegrass with a variety of musical influences.
“It’s not just bluegrass,” he says. “When I came up through high school, I heard all the rock n’ roll, all The Beatles, television shows, movies, augmented chords, diminished chords—all that really plays into my music. I sometimes feel like I’m a rock n’ roll player playing banjo.”
That’s part of the approach he takes to his band, The Randy Lucas Trio.
“Some bands you listen to are purist,” he says. “They want to have that high, lonesome sound. But many of the bands today are like me. We’ve heard all kinds of stuff. So when we play, you can call it bluegrass, but some of it’s more high energy.”

About Dave, upright bass

Dave Holder plays upright bass with the group, and from time to time steps out on guitar every once in awhile! Dave is an in-demand musician of many different genres here in the Columbia, South Carolina area. He has probably been a part of, or filled in with, just about every local bluegrass band here in the Midlands, and that is a testimony to his wonderful musicianship and character! Dave lives in Columbia, SC.

About Ella, fiddle

Ella began playing the violin at the age of four when she enrolled in the University of South Carolina’s Suzuki program and with a private teacher in 2007. She continues to thrive as a classical student in this program and the local Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In 2013, however, her musical approach began to broaden when she attempted to learn an arrangement that employed fiddling technique, but she encountered some difficulties in mastering such a diverse style of playing. Fortuitously, an article in The State newspaper featured an award-winning fiddler named Ashley Carder, who frequented Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor. At the next available opportunity, Ella visited the Pickin’ Parlor and met a regular, Van Price, who taught her a few bars of a popular fiddle tune. Since then, Ella was able to meet Ashley Carder and has benefited greatly from his expertise and insight. She also takes weekly fiddle lessons with Kristen Harris, another state-champion and old-time musician, and continues to add folk and traditional melodies to her repertoire. In 2017, Ella won first place in the South Carolina Junior Fiddle Championship. After guesting with Palmetto Blue for several years, Ella joined them as a permanent band member in 2017. In 2018 she won third place in the Youth Old Time Fiddle category at the prestigious Galax Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia. In 2019 she placed first in the Youth Old Time Fiddle category and second in the Youth Folk Song category at the Mount Airy Fiddler's Convention in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Ella also is part of her family band, The Thomas Family, with her parents and her two brothers.