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Jerry Barlow in concert Wednesday

Jerry Barlow — acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist — performs in concert at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Barlow is a warm, accessible performer whose music soothes the soul, warms the heart and lifts the spirit.

Barlow’s melodically rich guitar style, combined with his great sense of humor, has insured his position on the upper tier of Colorado musicians for years. A consummate performer, he is acknowledged for his musical artistry and superb audience rapport.

Barlow’s repertoire of original, Celtic-inspired compositions and traditional music of the British Isles has a great sense of depth and beauty. You can listen to samples from the three Jerry Barlow CDs, online at www.jerrybarlow.com/.

Born and raised in Denver, Barlow first heard the guitar style for which he is renowned during his years in the music business performing and writing songs in Nashville. There, what began pulling on Barlow was music he was hearing outside the commercial world of Nashville — roots music played by Appalachian musicians.

“What really grabbed me,” Barlow says, “was a fingerpicking style I hadn’t heard before — a kind of ‘folk baroque.’ It was a style that had been developing since the 1960s from the creative interplay between guitarists in America and the British Isles — guitarists who were into roots music as well as Early Music.”

The musical possibilities of the guitar have fascinated people for ages, the instrument’s history going back to antiquity. The oldest known iconographic representation of an instrument displaying the essential features of a guitar is a 3,300 year-old stone carving of a Hittite bard … but we may never know how far back its antecedents go. These days — just as it must have been 3,300 years ago — it’s highly enjoyable to see and hear a guitarist at the top of his craft. Join us when Pagosa welcomes the return of Jerry Barlow, a guitarist who captures the magic of ancient music and adds his fine-tuned brush stroke.

Tickets for this one-time, limited-seating show are $15. Reservations can be made by calling 731-SHOW (7469) or on the PSCA website, www.pagosacenter.org. The Center’s gallery and bar will open at 6 p.m.

This concert is produced by Elation Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, with the sponsorship of The Pagosa Springs SUN.

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