After their last sold out show in August 2012, Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys reunites to play Aug. 27 at Jardin du Soleil for an outdoor show that’s “by donation.” From left, Joey Gish, Abby Mae Sill Hayden Pomeroy and David Rivers. Photo by Danielle Rivers

After their last sold out show in August 2012, Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys reunites to play Aug. 27 at Jardin du Soleil for an outdoor show that’s “by donation.” From left, Joey Gish, Abby Mae Sill Hayden Pomeroy and David Rivers. Photo by Danielle Rivers

Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys reunite for Friday concert

Jardin du Soleil hosts bluegrass, gospel show

About nine years after their last show — and with new careers and families underway — Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys are together again.

For several years, the band featuring David Rivers, Joey Gish, Hayden Pomeroy and Abby Mae (Latson) Sill was one of the most sought after headliners for the Olympic Peninsula’s biggest events.

“I’m excited to come back, get the wiggles out,” Sill said.

For their first public reunion show, Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys plays at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27, as part of Jardin du Soleil’s Jungible Concert series at 3932 Sequim-Dungeness Way.

The show is outdoors, all-ages and “by donation” for entry. Pacific Pantry offers beer, cider and wine for sale.

Rivers, an associate pastor and worship leader at Calvary Chapel Sequim, said band members are all excited about performing again.

“We sound even better than when we quit,” he said.

In trying to summarize his band, Rivers said they “do a lot of traditional covers of old timey bluegrass and gospel tunes with some originals thrown in there.”

“It’s a melting pot of Gaelic and gospel,” he said.

Reconnect

With the band sounding sharper than ever, Sill — creative campaign manager at First Federal — said she was excited to see some of the band again.

“I hadn’t seen Hayden (an EMT) or Joey (a chemist) in like eight years,” she said. “Now we have a reason to stay in each other’s orbit.”

Sill said she reconnected earlier this summer with her former band mates when they needed a singer for a private show.

“We did a practice and Abby described it ‘like being on a bike’; it was very comfortable,” Rivers said.

The band went their different ways for college and careers after their last show on Aug. 12, 2012, a sold out concert at Olympic Cellars.

Sill performed in the band Witherow while attending school full time. Once that ended she took a break from performing and put it on the backburner until the recent show opportunity came up, she said.

“There’s no plan in place; that’s not really how the band has worked,” Sill said. “We will play once quarterly at the most (around work schedules), and might even record some.”

“As long as things stay open, we’ll try to do regular shows when convenient,” Rivers said.

Origin story

The band started with Rivers’ cousin Erb and Gish in about November 2009, Rivers said.

“Mark and I were in a college class and made a joke about the Jammin Salmon, and Mark and Joey ran with it,” he said. “It was fiddle tunes, and Mark asked Abby to play with us.”

Sill remembers learning three songs and singing with the group at the Sequim Lavender Festival, thus starting Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys. Pomeroy joined the group in 2010.

Looking back, the group has found its beginnings full circle starting at a lavender event and now starting anew in the lavender fields.

For more information, visit facebook.com/abbymaeandthehomeschoolboys and facebook.com/jardindusoleillavender.

Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27

Where: Jardin du Soleil, 3932 Sequim-Dungeness Way

Cost: By donation

Note: Chairs/picnic blankets welcome

More info: facebook.com/abbymaeandthehomeschoolboys, facebook.com/jardindusoleillavender

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