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Sara Grey and Kieron Means — music from both sides of the Atlantic

Elation Center for the Arts presents a concert of folk songs from both sides of the Atlantic, featuring Sara Grey from Scotland and her son, Kieron Means, Monday, Oct. 26 at the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The concert begins at 7 p.m. It is preceded by a workshop at 6 p.m.

Through her superb singing, banjo playing, humorous stories, Grey’s warmth and enthusiasm radiate to her audience. Well-known for the emotional power of her singing and her deep knowledge of folk music, Grey is equally at home with traditional ballads that have a gentle lyric as well as those that reflect the harsher side of life on the frontier. Her material spans a diverse terrain of songs from the British Isles to America.

Born in New Hampshire, Grey moved to Scotland in 1970, where she now enjoys dual citizenship. She will perform with her son, Kieron Means. Means is highly regarded for his fine singing, sensitive guitar playing and his excellent rapport with audiences. To experience the vocal blend and performance chemistry of this unique mother-son duo is an absolute delight.

Grey is one of those rare folk singers who can really breathe life into traditional ballads. As a youngster growing up in New Hampshire and North Carolina, she developed an enduring love for folk music. She has worked with traditional singers from Scotland and Ireland to trace the migration of folk songs from the British Isles to North America. After more than 40 years of singing, collecting, teaching and spreading traditional music around the world, Grey is more enthusiastic about her work than ever.

Once you have heard Sara Grey, you will never forget her. A ballad singer of great strength, she has a richly emotional voice that compels you to give her your undivided attention. Grey’s voice is both powerful and sweet, with a distinctive and lovely tremolo.

Grey’s intense interest and knowledge of the migration of songs across the Atlantic — from the British Isles to North America — is the subject of her workshop, which precedes the concert at 6 p.m.

There is limited seating and it is highly suggested to purchase tickets early. Advance concert only tickets for $15 and are available online at http://elationarts.org and at the Higher Grounds Coffee Company. Workshop and concert combo is $20. Concert tickets at the door (if the concert is not sold out) will be available for $18.

ECA is grateful to the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for the use of its facility for this cultural event. The Fellowship is located at 301 North Pagosa Blvd, past the fire station, around the back of Greenbriar Plaza in Unit B-15.

Please help us continue the tradition of our concert intermission/social by bringing a dessert to share.

Elation Center for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides cultural arts programs to the community of Pagosa Springs. For more information, call 731-3117 and visit http://elationarts.org.