“We had no trouble; music is the international language,” Sherman Holmes said. “We were playing with everyone from Gypsies to country-western people.”
The Holmes brothers and Dixon are just as close in private as in public. They live within miles of each other in their hometown of Christchurch, which is now known as Saluda, and the three spend their time boating and “driving fast cars,” Sherman Holmes said. Though the elder Holmes is 74 years old, he has no intention of stopping his music anytime soon.
“When the people don’t respond to us anymore, then I’ll have to stop,” he said. “Other than that ... it’s working, but it’s like having a license to steal. You enjoy going in, and you enjoy going home. ... I’ve got a job where you clap when you’re on the job and you clap when you leave!”
If you go
What: The Holmes Brothers
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport
How much: $30 in advance, $35 day of the show. $10 for ages 18 and under. Tickets available at church office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Belleville Thrift Shop on Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon; Dyno Records, 1 Middle St.; and www.mktix.com/bc.
More information: email@example.com or www.bellevillechurch.org/roots.php