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Holy Water and Whiskey — beautiful harmonies, solid style

Holy Water and Whiskey performs in concert at 7 p.m., Friday, March 9, at The Ross Aragon Community Center.

Advance tickets — on sale at the Community Center and Boulder Coffee Cafe — are $12. Tickets at the door are $15. Young people, 18 and under, will be admitted free. A beer and wine cash bar will be open throughout the evening. You are invited to bring a dessert to share, if you wish.

“There’s nothing like harmonies and some good jokes to restore sanity, if you had it in the first place,” quips Scott Altenbach of Holy Water and Whiskey, a delightful acoustic vocal trio from Albuquerque that specializes in traditional and contemporary American folk music, cowboy songs, gospel and bluegrass. “We are interested in music, our kids, horses, steam engines, trains, farming, humor, small towns, meeting interesting people and family,” he said.

Holy Water and Whiskey will have you smiling from ear to ear from their first note. Known for its beautiful vocal harmonies and solid instrumental style, their music is reminiscent of American folk combined with a dose of Appalachian country, gospel, Old English street songs and just a hint of old Bostonian sailing music — infused with spirit, beautiful melodies, intricately woven harmonies, class-act musicianship and stories.

The group consists of Maggie Washburne on bass, Scott Altenbach on guitar, and Bruce Washburne on guitar and banjo. Bruce and Maggie met in a band in Hawaii in 1977, were married, and have been playing music together ever since. In 2003, they started singing with Scott, a Colorado native and musician, and Holy Water and Whiskey was formed. They all got their start playing and performing during the folk movement of the ’60s, and their musical tastes have evolved since then to include many other acoustic styles.

Their first CD, “Better Late than Never,” reflects these varied interests. Their second CD, “Spirits of All Kinds,” was released in July of 2008 and it continues their tradition of fine harmony singing and an eclectic and interesting selection of songs. Their third CD, “Miners, Outlaws, and Other Relatives,” was released in December 2010 and was nominated for five 2011 NM Music Association Awards, and won in two categories — best vocal and best western song.     

Expect a fun, interactive evening, as the band genuinely believes that music and laughter are universally healing.

The Ross Aragon Community Center produces this concert in collaboration with Elation Center for the Arts. The Community Center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. 

For ticket information, call 264-4152.

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