Joey + Rory Leave Utah Concert Dates on Their Calendar
Although Joey + Rory have canceled their 2015 Farmhouse Concerts in light of the devastating news that Joey Feek's Stage IV cervical cancer is terminal, they will honor their plans to perform at the 2015 Herber Valley Poetry Gathering in Herber City, Utah, with a little help from Rory Feek's daughter Heidi.
A note on the husband-and-wife duo's website, from their manager Aaron, explains that Heidi Feek will perform with her father in place of Joey Feek, who will remain at home in Tennessee.
"[Joey + Rory] made this commitment with their wonderful friends at the festival nearly a year ago, and this event's success means a great deal to both of them," the note explains. "They have performed there many times in the past, and it is one of their favorite places to play."
Rory and Heidi Feek are scheduled to perform on Thursday (Oct. 29) at 7PM at Wasatch High School, on the main stage; on Friday (Oct. 30) at 10AM at the VIP Campfire Stage at Wasatch High School; and again on Friday (Oct. 30) at 6PM, at the Soldier Hollow Cowboy Dinner Show. More information is available on the festival's website.
"So, if you live near Salt Lake City or can make the trip there ... please come join Rory as he shares many songs and some heartfelt stories about the blessings and also the difficult struggles that have come Joey and his way," their manager's note reads. "... and while you’re there, be sure to purchase a ticket to some of the other incredible acts performing this weekend as well. It is truly going to be a weekend to remember."
Heidi Feek, a singer in her own right, most recently released an album, The Only, in 2013. She also released an EP, Eden, in 2010. Both are available for purchase on her website.
After being diagnosed with Stage IV cervical cancer in June, Joey Feek recently completed chemotherapy and was scheduled to begin another round of treatments this month; however, two quarter-sized tumors have already appeared in the same area that the doctors had been treating, and several more tumors have appeared in her abdomen. In light of that sad news, the Feeks have stopped all medical treatments and returned to their Tennessee farm.
“We came home,” Rory Feek writes. “Not to die. But to live. To put our hands in each other’s and sit out on the back porch and watch the sun set as our sweet little baby girl plays on a blanket in front of us. To bask in the glory of the beautiful life He’s blessed us with and try not to question why we can’t have more of it together. And why He is allowing this to happen."
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