Music – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:55:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Western show coming to Community United Methodist Church Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:00:38 +0000

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Beth and Bill Filliowich will present a Western Music Show at Community United Methodist Church on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.

By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa community is invited to a western music show featuring locals Beth and Bill Filliowich on Friday evening, Aug. 23. This knee-slappin’, foot-stompin’, toe-tappin’ evening of the best of cowboy entertainment will be held at Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) beginning at 7 p.m.
Beth and Bill Filliowich are frequent soloists at CUMC. Beth Filliowich majored in vocal performance at Indiana University’s School of Music.
She performs a broad range of music, from American standards to opera and oratorio.
She exclaimed, “Ancora Imparo!” — “I am still learning,” a phrase written by Michelangelo in 1562 and is one of her favorite quotes. This explains why she has continued her private studies to hone her singing and teaching skills.
Beth Filliowich has had the pleasure of singing all but one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s heroines, as well as many musical theater roles and the many “inas” in opera: Despina Zerlina and Pamina are in her repertoire. She has also sung the role of the Mother in Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”
Beth Filliowich is often a guest soloist at area churches and her sacred repertoire includes works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Vivaldi. She has years of experience as the soprano section leader for Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers in Fort Myers, Fla., and the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, and Naples, Fla. She is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional music fraternity. Some of her community involvement includes performing for area fundraiser events for local churches and scholarships for students participating in 4-H and equine camps. She often performs recitals and maintains a private teaching studio.
Bill Filliowich has never used music as a means to a living, but it has added much living to his life. As an avocation, he has had a wonderful variety of musical experiences. He has sung and played in everything from musical theater to classics in symphonic choruses, small ensembles and solos with occasional fun encounters with regional blues, rock and country bands.
“It doesn’t matter if you hum it, strum it or blow in it as long as the sound produced touches someone. Though I love to sing the classical, powerful symphonic masterpieces, I’ve learned that the lowliest of instruments, the harmonica, has touched more hearts and souls than the highest vaulted Stradivarius,” stated Bill Filliowich.
His favorite music has always been the tunes that reach out to the cowboy, the firefighter, the sailor and soldier who are far removed from the great symphony halls, but have been touched by the simplest melodies played in the simplest ways when they needed it most.
Put on your boots and grab your hat. You’ll definitely want to be on hand for this unforgettable musical evening. Admission to the show is free, but your donations will be gratefully accepted and will benefit the CUMC choir.

Wild Rivers, Mile Twelve to perform at Four Corners Folk Festival Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:00:15 +0000

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Four Corners Folk Festival goers will have two opportunities to experience Wild Rivers atop Reservoir Hill, at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 and again on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.

By Crista Munro
Special to The PREVIEW
The 24th annual Four Corners Folk Festival is coming up at the end of this month, taking place Aug. 30-Sept. 1 on Reservoir Hill in downtown Pagosa Springs.
Tickets are selling quickly for this year’s event, no doubt due to the epic lineup that includes The Earls of Leicester, Billy Strings, Amy Helm, Molly Tuttle, The Mammals, Darrell Scott, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, The East Pointers, Lindsay Lou, JigJam, The Arcadian Wild, Maybe April and this week’s featured artists: Wild Rivers and Mile Twelve.
Wild Rivers
Wild Rivers immerse their folk-pop originals into the warm musical styles of the artists that influenced them. With more than 33 million streams on Spotify, the four-piece band out of Toronto, Ontario, effortlessly blends exquisite harmonies, beautiful songwriting and a captivating stage presence, while their vibe fits equally well in listening rooms and symphony halls.
The inviting harmonies of Wild Rivers provide a shimmering texture to the band’s most recent EP “Eighty-Eight.” However, dedicated fans know about the depth of Wild Rivers — from the alluring melodies that take an unexpected turn to the undercurrent of emotion in their tightly crafted lyrics.
Wild Rivers is composed of Khalid Yassein (vocals, guitar), Devan Glover (vocals), Ben Labenski (drums) and Andrew Oliver (bass). Over the past three years, the ensemble has toured consistently across the U.S. and Canada and has earned a reputation as a band that makes a powerful connection with listeners.
Festival goers will have two opportunities to experience that connection on Reservoir Hill: Aug. 31 at 12:30 p.m. and again on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.

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Mile Twelve will play the main stage of the Four Corners Folk Festival on Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. and again on the late night stage that same night at 11 p.m.

Mile Twelve
Another young breakout band, Mile Twelve takes traditional bluegrass stylings and instrumentation and turns them into a modern sound that crosses genre boundaries. Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, “City on a Hill.” All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted and relevant.
“Original bluegrass music, written and played by young people, is very much alive,” said band member Evan Murphy. “I hope people take away that songwriting and arranging really matter. It’s about the material and playing it in a way that feels honest. This album isn’t political in the sense that we’re beating people over the head with anything, we just tried to tell stories that feel authentic.”
The album title alludes to the idealized imagery of a shining city on a hill — a historical phrase that has often been applied to Boston, where the band got its start.
Murphy added, “We realized that many of the characters in these songs were in crisis, had been failed in some way or were failing themselves. It’s an unintentional theme, but it came out in the songwriting.”
The Mile Twelve lineup offers five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass: David Benedict (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Murphy (guitar, lead vocals) and Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals). All are credited as songwriters because everyone in the band helped shape the material throughout the writing and arranging process. Murphy and Sabat initiated most of the lyrical ideas for “City on a Hill” while Benedict wrote the instrumental track “Rialto.”
“We all inspire each other and recognize that everyone has different strengths,” Murphy said. “What makes this band so collaborative is that everyone in the band can do something at a really high level. That’s the balance. We’re all challenging each other.”
Produced by Bryan Sutton and engineered by Ben Surratt, “City on a Hill” begins with a lively rendition of Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Down Where the Drunkards Roll.” From there, the album explores a number of unexpected perspectives, such as a modern war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (“Jericho”), a Jewish immigrant fleeing war (“Liberty”), and a man who cannot escape the stigma of the penal system (“Innocent Again”). As the album winds down, the light-hearted power waltz “Barefoot in Jail” and the ethereal, old-time dream sequence “Journey’s End” lead to the poignant “Where We Started,” a portrait of small-town life written by John Cloyd Miller.
“City on a Hill” follows multiple IBMA Momentum Awards, presented by the International Bluegrass Music Association to emerging bluegrass artists. Mile Twelve won the band category in 2017, shortly before releasing their debut album, “Onwards.” The following year, Keith-Hynes and Benedict secured IBMA Momentum Awards in instrumental categories, while the band earned two major IBMA Award nominations for Emerging Artist and Instrumental Performance of the Year in 2018.
Those kind of accomplishments were far from anyone’s minds when Murphy, Sabat, Keith-Hynes and Bowness started crossing paths at house parties and pick-up gigs in Boston. In time, they recognized each other as regulars at a Cambridge dive bar called The Cantab Lounge during Tuesday night bluegrass jams. In 2014, they decided to start their own band. By gathering grassroots and industry support, they were well on their way when Benedict, who was living in Nashville at the time, relocated to Boston to join the band in 2016.
Sutton observed, “I’m a fan of bands who strive for a balance of being musically unique and individualized, while at the same time working to include time-honored traditions found in this music. This blend is not an easy thing to accomplish. Mile Twelve does this with well-honed and refreshingly honest songwriting, along with powerful playing, singing and performing. Not only did I have the privilege of producing this album, but I also got a chance to know the band better. I’m impressed with how much they bring out the best in each other.”
The band takes their name from the mile marker that sits at Boston’s southern border on route 93, the city’s main artery. It’s a road sign they’ve passed countless times while heading out on tour. Through an active social media audience and radio support from terrestrial stations and Sirius XM, the band has found receptive audiences across the globe, touring all over North America as well as Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Asked about the band’s influences, Murphy cites Alison Krauss and Union Station for their precise arrangements and execution, the Del McCoury Band for their grit and groove, and the Punch Brothers for their genre-bending virtuosity. As for writing, Murphy praises the mastery of Gillian Welch and Jason Isbell for their ability to tell a fully realized story within the confines of a three-minute song.
These influences shine through in “City on a Hill,” but at the core the album is a representation of the band’s emerging voice. “We decided to record this album as live and authentically as possible,” Murphy said. “There was no metronome, no filler material, no smoke and mirrors. It was very real, you know? We all feel that the end result is an honest statement of who we are.”
Mile Twelve will play the festival main stage on Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. and again on the late night stage that same night at 11 p.m.
More information
We are still looking for a couple dozen volunteers to round out the weekend’s schedule. Volunteers age 17 and up can earn complimentary three-day festival admission by working two four-hour shifts before, during or after the festival. Tickets and additional information about the festival, including the main stage schedule and information on all of the artists, can be found online at
The Four Corners Folk Festival is supported in part with matching funds from Colorado Creative Industries.

Get in rhythm with Tuesday hand-drumming sessions Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:00:51 +0000 By Paul Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW
Join musician and music therapist Paul Roberts for a free hand-drumming class at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at noon.
The class is a family-friendly activity in which joy, fun and playfulness abound. No previous experience is necessary. Drums are provided for those who do not have one.
“It all starts with the heartbeat,” said Texas horse trainer Jimmy Brown, a man deeply attuned to rhythm. This summer, Brown is training horses and their riders in Pagosa Springs and the surrounding area.
“When we are riding, the horse’s legs become our legs. I teach the rider how to get in touch with the horse’s natural rhythms — the beat pattern in which its hooves fall — and how to rhythmically cue the horse, to communicate what the rider wants the horse to do.”
It’s inspiring to hear Brown describe the central role of rhythm in his work training horses and riders — a highly refined technique that inculcates trust, empathy and nonverbal communication.
I met Brown at a recent drumming class, to which he brought his djembe. Before finding out that he was a self-taught drummer, I was immediately struck by his rhythmic fluency and his ability to seamlessly and unobtrusively meld with other people’s rhythms.
I asked him if he played with other musicians.
“I’m not a real group-type person, I like to just play the rhythms,” he said.
He said that he uses drumming as a tool for his personal meditation. I asked him to describe his drumming meditation technique.
“I look at it as a way to go deeper inside myself,” he said. “I like to start playing and let the rhythms come, or create a rhythm, and just sink off into it. It helps quiet the mind and quiet the soul, putting me in a place of peace. It could be totally different for someone else, but that’s what it does for me.”
For more information about the hand-drumming class, call 731-3117. The Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Ave.

Gabriela de la Paz performance set for Aug. 23 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:00:05 +0000

Photo courtesy Jean Broderick
Mexican singer and songwriter Gabriela de la Paz will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.

By Jean Broderick
Special to The PREVIEW
A Favorite Pair of Jeans are proud to present Mexican singer and songwriter Gabriela de la Paz in performance at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.
de la Paz is a singer and songwriter who accompanies herself on the guitar. de la Paz resides in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and has performed for enthusiastic audiences in the United States and Europe.
The Jeans, piano and cello duo, featuring Jean Smith on piano and Jean Broderick on cello, will open the program with a few introductory pieces before turning the program over to de la Paz.
Please join us at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. for a delightful evening of music from Mexico and Latin America. St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Pagosa Springs Girls Choir offering August enrollment Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:00:28 +0000

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The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir is accepting new members. August registration will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs Middle School band room.

By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
Girls who will be entering grades five through eight have another opportunity to become a member of the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir for the 2019-2020 school year. A welcome meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, in the middle school band room at 7 p.m.
In addition to performing throughout the year, the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir also offers a summer activity designed to enrich the arts education of each girl. In the past five years, the girls have traveled to Santa Fe (opera), Dallas (professional musical theater), Vail (symphonic music), Salt Lake City (chorus) and this past summer took them to New York City.
Rehearsals for the choir will be held on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs Middle School band room with the first rehearsal taking place on Sept. 10. The tuition fee for the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir is $200 per year for each girl. There is a $10 registration fee which will be applied to the payment. A payment plan for the tuition will be offered and scholarships are also available.
Director Linda Parker stated, “No child will be turned away due to an inability to pay. If there is a need for financial assistance, we will help the family find it.”
Girls in the choir learn to perform high-quality choral music in a variety of styles. Some music includes choreography and props. They spend a great deal of time on vocal and choral techniques, but the girls also concentrate on and stage presence and musicianship. Two vocal coaches offer mini-voice lessons during rehearsal time at no extra charge to the girls.
To take advantage of this amazing opportunity, please go to the choir’s website, Click on “become a member” and download the New Member Information Packet. Complete information on the choir is available in the packet. We hope to see you Aug. 22. If you have other questions or if Aug. 22 won’t work for you, call Parker at 264-1434 to arrange a different time.

Items galore at the Auction for the Animals Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:00:14 +0000

Illustration courtesy Humane Society of Pagosa Springs

By Mike Stoll
Special to The PREVIEW
The 25th edition of the Auction for the Animals is right around the corner. This year’s Silver Anniversary Gala celebration takes place Friday, Aug. 23, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The annual auction is the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs’ major fundraiser of the year and always features a wide array of incredible items to bid on in both the silent and live auction portions of the evening. This year is absolutely no exception.
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Try out this year’s new online auction preview feature and decide for yourself. Go to and click on Benefit Bidding in the auction promo section of the main web page to view photos and descriptions of all the items in both the silent and live auctions. It’s a wonderful way to identify ahead of time awesome auction items for yourself and great gifts for family and friends. Don’t want to wait for the auction to start your bidding? You can bid on items online until 5 p.m. the day before the auction. The highest online bid on each item will carry over to the start of the silent and live auctions the night of the event.
Here’s a taste of what you can preview online or see first-hand the night of the auction: How does a getaway to the Amalfi Coast sound? Win a trip to Praiano, Italy, for up to four people and experience a six-day, five-night stay in a two-bedroom apartment with sea-view terraces. Trip includes a private Amalfi lemon tour and private sunset cruise on the Amalfi Coast. Or how about a seven-day, six-night trip to the museums and canals of Amsterdam, including a Van Gogh walking tour, a Heineken experience and a hop-on hop-off canal boat tour; or immerse yourself in Scottish history and castles with a seven-day, six-night trip to Edinburgh; or if Flamenco shows, sipping sangria,and taking a gourmet tapas walking tour is more to your tastes, win a seven-day, six-night trip to Barcelona.
Prefer domestic travel? Bid on any of the following: New York City and Broadway entertainment, Las Vegas golf and show package, New Orleans dinner jazz cruise and cooking class, Palm Springs shopping spree, Scottsdale golf and spa getaway, Sedona outdoor adventure jeep tours, or a trip for up to eight in a three-bedroom villa at a resort and spa in SoCal. Get more information on both foreign and domestic trips by visiting the Benefit Bidding page at
Already planning a trip to California wine country? Bid on a two-night stay at a cottage in Sonoma, Calif. The cottage is the former writing retreat of famed poet and essayist Maya Angelou and contains memorabilia of the author.
Would you like to adorn yourself or loved one with exquisite jewelry? The live auction will include three stunning diamond and ruby pieces. The necklace, earrings and bracelet are each accompanied by a written appraisal. A reserve minimum bid price applies for each piece. Or, for that special someone who has always wanted to design their own one-of-a-kind jewelry, bid on the opportunity to work with a jeweler to design your own unique piece with a value up to $3,500, while enjoying lunch and champagne.
Other wonderful jewelry items include a gold dragonfly pendant and matching earring set from a goldsmith and a golden bells necklace and earrings from a renowned and collectible costume jewelry designer whose pieces adorned celebrities like Joan Crawford, Gloria Vanderbilt, Lucille Ball, the duchess of Windsor and the dancers of the Ziegfeld Follies.
For the music lover or collector of rock and roll memorabilia, the live auction features two great items. How about a BC Rich Warlock guitar autographed by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Kiss? The Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night guitar is tastefully mounted and framed for display. Or, bid on an awesome framed performance photo autographed by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame, with certificate of authenticity. Bring two memorable pieces of rock and roll history into your home.
Know a photography enthusiast? How about a Sony RX100 VI digital camera from the Cyber-Shot RX Series? The camera is brand new and includes an accessories package. Know a history buff? Bid on “Gallon’s Gettysburg,” a framed montage of prints depicting the Battle of Gettysburg from a renowned contemporary civil war artist. This auction item also includes four authentic civil war infantry cap and cavalry hat reproductions. Know someone who truly appreciates hand-carved wood art? Bid on a stunning custom carved, rough-edged walnut bowl by a local wood artisan.
Looking for some fun and unique gift packages? Check out the Pagosa Springs and Durango date-night packages that include dining, lodging and activities. Or, head out for a girls weekend away with lodging, activities and spa passes for four.
For the avid outdoor person there are fly-tying and fly-fishing gear and equipment and a fun package of car camping gear. Other silent auction items include fine jewelry from local businesses and private collections, ski passes, lodging and dining opportunities, and a huge selection of gift certificates and gift baskets from area merchants.
For gift-giving ideas, check out the array of gift baskets complete with adult beverages and accessories. There are also great gift certificates from local professional services ranging from veterinary, medical and dental care to therapeutic massage and personal styling to computer and website design and maintenance. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase a special treat for yourself and do some early holiday shopping for friends and family, too.
All this exciting auction fun is happening Friday, Aug. 23, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The festive evening features a delicious seated dinner and dessert, along with a selection of fine wines, great beers and soft drinks from the cash bar. Tickets are $50, available only in advance. The auction has sold out the last five years, so don’t delay. Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the Humane Society administration office and thrift store or by calling 264-5549.
Community Center doors will open at 6 p.m. Festivities will begin with the silent auction followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and then the live auction. Live music will be provided by the Tim Sullivan Band, and Thad McKain will be the evening’s emcee. Lloyd Cooper will be our professional auctioneer, ably assisted by local auction spotters Mike Branch and Mark Crain.
This year’s auction is our Silver Anniversary Gala, celebrating 25 consecutive years of community auction support for the shelter dogs and cats. Dress is Pagosa fancy (jeans are OK), so bring a smile and your dancing shoes, and be ready to enjoy good company and good food in support of our local animal shelter.
Tickets for the third annual Raining Cats and Dogs Raffle will also be for sale prior to and at the auction. Raffle tickets are $25 or five for $100. One winning ticket will be drawn during the live auction portion of the evening and the winner will receive one-third of the raffle ticket proceeds. Last year’s winner received over $1,600. The balance of the ticket proceeds benefits the cats and dogs at the shelter, providing a much-needed boost to cover the costs of shelter operations. For additional raffle information, please call 264-5549.
The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs serves our community by providing homeless and lost animals with temporary shelter and care until they can be reunited with their owners or an adoptive family can be found.
We also operate the Humane Society thrift store downtown which serves the needs of so many in our community by offering low-cost and high-quality gently used household items, clothing and much more. The success of the annual Auction for the Animals is essential to the Humane Society’s mission of providing a safe haven and quality care for over 700 temporary animal residents each year.
The auction also supports our many community programs that assist people and pets in need, including low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter, financial assistance for emergency veterinary care, aid to senior citizens and their pets, and our feral cat trap and spay program.
Please plan to attend one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year in support of a great cause. Our local Humane Society does not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, the ASPCA or the United Way. The animal shelter relies on revenue from private donations, our thrift store and fundraisers such as the Auction for the Animals to create a safe haven for animals in need.
Make sure to go online at and preview all the wonderful auction items – and remember, if you won’t be able to attend the auction, you can still bid online. For more information on the event, please contact the Humane Society at 264-5549. See you at the auction Aug. 23.

Tickets selling quickly for Four Corners Folk Festival Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:00:14 +0000 By Crista Munro
Special to The PREVIEW
The 24th annual Four Corners Folk Festival is coming up at the end of this month, taking place Aug. 30-Sept. 1 on Reservoir Hill.
Tickets are selling quickly for this year’s event, no doubt due to the epic lineup that includes The Earls of Leicester, Billy Strings, Amy Helm, Molly Tuttle, The Mammals, Darrell Scott, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Lindsay Lou, JigJam, Mile Twelve, Wild Rivers, The Arcadian Wild and this week’s featured artists: Maybe April and The East Pointers.

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Maybe April will perform on the main stage of the Four Corners Folk Festival twice, on Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. and Sept. 1 at 11:30 a.m.

Maybe April
Maybe April is a country Americana group made up of Katy DuBois (Bishop) and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, Ark., and Chicago, Ill., they met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville. They wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a Grammy week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and had their video “Last Time” premiered on CMT.
Maybe April is recognized for their harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound somewhere in between Americana and country. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.
FolkWest favorites Kate Lee and Forest O’Connor will be joining the ensemble for their appearances at the Four Corners Folk Festival on Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. and Sept. 1 at 11:30 a.m.

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The East Pointers will bring their entertaining live show to the stage of the Four Corners Folk Festival at 4 p.m. on Sept. 1.

The East Pointers
There’s a reason, beyond their dazzling musicianship and wildly entertaining live shows, that The East Pointers have connected with audiences right across the globe, making new, original roots music the hippest, most vibrant thing going.
The reason? The East Pointers — fiddler/singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron — write about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes. That palpable authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy. And it’s why listening to The East Pointers’ brilliant and hotly anticipated second album “What We Leave Behind” — produced by superstar East Coast-bred songwriter/producer Gordie Sampson — is akin to meeting up with an old friend.
As a follow-up to 2015’s internationally acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning debut “Secret Victory,” “What We Leave Behind” shares stories previously unheard but framed by a familiar context. The album reflects on the traditions of Canadian Celtic music, where it comes from, and what it means to the people, but also strides in new directions. With a captivating balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental tunes, and catchy radio-ready songs, The East Pointers reach out with open arms to a wide range of listeners, inviting them to discover a new love of folk music.
Never before have The East Pointers so deftly leveraged the whole spectrum of human emotion, drawing inspiration straight from the world they live in. That’s especially evident in a pair of striking new songs featuring Tim Chaisson’s lead vocals: the trembling first single “82 Fires” and the melancholy “Two Weeks,” co-written with Sampson amid recording sessions last winter.
“While in Penguin, Tasmania, we spoke with an older gentleman, a lifelong resident, who said that there were 82 wildfires currently on the loose in Tasmania, the most in over half a century. It hit home the severity of what we were all experiencing,” said Koady Chaisson. “It was a restless few days for us. Small human decisions about where to live, or whether or not the show would go on didn’t matter, Mother Nature would always have the final say. Being in the middle of that brings an immediacy about it, you can feel powerless.”
The plaintive “Two Weeks,” meanwhile, documents a passage depressingly common in the bands’ home province of Prince Edward Island and played out the world over in economically challenged communities: the need to leave home and travel far away from friends and family to find work.
“When I played that song for my mom, she said ‘That’s going to hit home for a lot of people,’” Koady Chaisson explained. “Many families are forced to split their time, with at least one member having to go out west — usually to Alberta — to make ends meet. It’s so hard. I did it, though luckily not for long, but there are people in my community going through it month after month, year after year.”
The flip side of “What We Leave Behind” — and indeed, of The East Pointers’ electrifying concerts — are scorching instrumental tunes that yank the freewheeling, Celtic-goosed past into the present, defying anyone to sit still in their chair.
“Traditional music has always been at the core of what we do as a band,” added Jake Charron. “There’s something powerful about a style of music that has been passed on for generations around the world.”
A new take on this tradition is evident in the spry “Party Wave,” inspired by a thrilling surfing experience the band enjoyed in New Zealand, one of many countries The East Pointers visited during 10 months of touring last year. The tunes, written this past year on the road, take you on a journey, building with excitement before transforming into a full-on dance party.
Rounding out the album, the melancholic “John Wallace” — about a 19th century shipwreck off the coast of Prince Edward Island — and the mournful “Hid in Your Heart” uphold the band’s devotion to documenting real life, tragedy and all.
“What We Leave Behind” carves a new path for The East Pointers, as they continue to blur the lines between traditional and popular music and develop a devoted fan base around the globe.
Get ready to move when the trio takes the stage on at 4 p.m. on Sept. 1.
More information
We’re looking for our last few volunteers to round out the schedule. Volunteers age 17 and up can earn complimentary three-day festival admission by working two four-hour shifts before, during or after the festival. Tickets and additional information about the festival, including the main stage schedule and information on all of the artists, can be found online at
The Four Corners Folk Festival is supported in part with matching funds from Colorado Creative Industries.

Gabriela de la Paz, Mexican guitarist, singer, songwriter, to perform Aug. 23 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:00:36 +0000 By Jean Broderick
Special to The PREVIEW
A Favorite Pair of Jeans is a cello/piano duo consisting of Jean Broderick and Jean Smith, who have performed for community events over the past five or six years.
Both Broderick and Smith share an interest, not only in music, but also in foreign languages, and both have attended Spanish immersion programs in Cuernavaca, Mexico. It was during one of Broderick’s trips to Cuernavaca that she met Gabriela de la Paz, Mexican singer and songwriter, and was enchanted by her music and performing ability. Over the past 15 years, Broderick has attended performances by de la Paz many times during her visits to Mexico.
de la Paz, who lives near Cuernavaca, Mexico, has performed in several major cities in the United States as well as Europe. She has recorded numerous CDs featuring the music of Latin America, including one specifically for children, which includes some original songs.
A Favorite Pair of Jeans now has the distinct pleasure to present de la Paz live in concert to the Pagosa Springs community. The program will begin with a couple of pieces played by the Jeans, and then segue into de la Paz’s lovely voice and guitar. The program will be held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Mountain Light Music Festival underway, concert Friday Fri, 09 Aug 2019 11:00:49 +0000

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The Mountain Light Music Festival is underway, and the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse will be the venue for the second concert, on Friday, Aug. 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

By Kathy Wadenpfuhl
Special to The PREVIEW
Audiences in Pagosa Springs will be delighted with the variety of music that they will hear this week during Mountain Light Music Festival (MLMF). The festival concerts will be very diverse in musical genres. The Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse will be the venue for the second concert, on Friday, Aug. 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Sol Brass Quintet is a very talented group of musicians from Baylor University. Its musical program includes “Canzona Bergamasca” by Samuel Scheidt and, once again, an original composition by trumpeter Joey Tkach (b. 1997) called “Lush.” What a talented group of young people that Pagosa Springs will be honored to hear.
Baylor Brass, faculty of the MLMF, will continue to dazzle audiences with an arrangement of “The Cowboys” by John Williams, and a “Pasodoble Torero-El Gato Montes” by Manuel Panella.
Also complimenting the Baylor Brass’ repertoire will be three featured solos. Wiff Rudd, trumpet, will be featured on Duke Ellington’s “Concerto for Cootie.” Brent Phillips will bring to life the classic trombone solo, “The Bluebells of Scotland” by Arthur Pryor. And, on horn, Jeff Powers will perform a sonata by Italian composer Luigi Cherubini. This phenomenal brass quintet always ends its performances with an arrangement of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” The original composition is by John Rutter, founder of the Cambridge Singers, and is a setting of the Priestly Blessing, from the Book of Numbers in the Bible. The blessing is used at the conclusion of worship, baptism, marriage and other special occasions in Christian worship.
The Mountain Light Festival Brass Choir will be made up of Baylor faculty, Sol Brass Quintet members and MLMF brass students. This large group will be performing the “Toccata in E minor” by J.S. Bach, “Colonial Song” by Percy Grainger and an antiphonal Gabrieli “Sonata Pian e forte.”
The MLMF Festival Brass Choir will also be closing the concert with two stunning arrangements of D. Marlatt’s, Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
Please join us on this Friday night for a concert that will lift your spirits, touch your heart, amaze your hearing and bless your soul.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or at
If you would like to support this growing festival by making a donation, go to the website Donations can be made at different sponsorship levels. All proceeds go directly into the growth of the MLMF. Questions? Call Kathy Wadenpfuhl, (409) 720-7445, or Carol Larsen, (214) 649-5041.

Sounds of the Native American flute to serenade at Sunday Night Unplugged Fri, 09 Aug 2019 11:00:36 +0000 By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
The beautiful, haunting sounds of the Native American flute will fill St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, helping to create a meditative environment for Sunday Night Unplugged this Sunday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m.
Charles Martinez, well known to many in Pagosa Springs for his ability to bring to mind the beauty of our natural surroundings through his flute playing, will be the artist at this month’s service of music and meditation.
Martinez is regularly heard at Chimney Rock National Monument at its full moon ceremonies. His music invokes a reverence for the magnificent mountains, the quiet rustling of leaves, the sounds of birds, the flowing rivers and the beautiful animals with whom we coexist. The beauty of his melodies allow our hearts and minds to relax and take in the healing sounds that bring us closer to God.
Sunday Night Unplugged is open to the public and is free of charge. St. Patrick’s large clear transept windows allow us to gaze upon the San Juan Mountains on one side and the wooded area of pines on the other. It is not unusual to see deer grazing or lying on the soft grass just outside the windows as we sit in silence or listen to quiet meditative music.
“When my wife and I first came to Pagosa Springs almost 11 years ago, we immediately felt the power of the presence of the Holy Spirit,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “We felt then and still believe that it is important for St. Patrick’s to offer opportunities for the public to acknowledge and be in touch with that holy presence.”
He added, “Sunday Night Unplugged provides that path that is accessible to people of all faiths and practices. Certainly, Charles Martinez has become a favorite among those who attend this monthly evening of meditation. The sounds of his Native American flutes evoke that sense of God’s peace in ways that reaches to our core, to the substance of our being. In light of the violence that has once more invaded our nation, Sunday Night Unplugged offers the opportunity to reflect on those things that bring peace and comfort to our hearts as we pray for those who have suffered such tragic loss and for our nation.”
St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. For more information, call 731-5801.