OYSTERVILLE — After a year’s absence, sister singing duo Starla and Cate Gable return to the Oysterville Music Vespers Sunday August 12. “We sat out last season,” says Cate, “to work up some new songs — an original song or two, and a couple of oldies-but-goodies that we’ve dusted off and put back on their feet.”
Starla and Cate have sung together all their lives. Their singing has been dubbed “genetic harmony” and fans say if they close their eyes they are unsure who is singing which part. The sisters explain this by saying that their family vacationed at the beach during the ‘50s and ‘60s. On the drive from their home in Yakima (where Starla still lives), they learned barbershop songs for four voices from their father who was a member of an award-winning barbershop quartet.
Sunday’s service will be conducted by The Reverend Don Maddux of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia who, with his wife Carolyn, also has been vacationing here on the Peninsula for many years and is a veteran Vesper participant. Sydney Stevens of Oysterville will present the traditional Oysterville Moment and Sandy Nielson of Nahcotta will play the historic pump organ as accompaniment to the congregational hymn-singing.
Gable sisters return to Vespers