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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, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

A special workshop with Grey and Means — on the migration of songs from the British Isles to North America — begins at 6 p.m., immediately preceding the concert.

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 is one of those rare folk singers who can really breathe life into traditional ballads. Her warmth and enthusiasm radiate to her audience through her superb singing, authentic banjo playing and humorous stories. Grey has a deep knowledge of folk music and a diverse repertoire.

Grey performs with her singer/guitarist son, Kieron Means, who (like his mother) is highly regarded for his excellent rapport with audiences. To experience the vocal blend and performance chemistry of this unique mother-son duo is an absolute delight.

As a youngster growing up in New Hampshire and North Carolina, Grey developed an enduring love for folk music. She moved to Scotland in 1970 and now enjoys dual citizenship. 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.

Grey has worked with traditional singers from Scotland and Ireland to trace the migration of folk songs from the British Isles to North America. This migration of songs forms the theme of her 6 p.m. workshop, which takes place before the concert.

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.

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist 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.