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Paul Roberts featured guest at Sunday Night Unplugged

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Photo courtesy Joshua Pike Paul Roberts is the featured musician at Sunday Night Unplugged at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Sunday at 5 p.m. The service of music and meditation is free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy Joshua Pike
Paul Roberts is the featured musician at Sunday Night Unplugged at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Sunday at 5 p.m. The service of music and meditation is free and open to the public.

Local musician Paul Roberts will be the featured guest for Sunday Night Unplugged this Sunday, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Sunday Night Unplugged is a monthly music and meditation service offered by St. Patrick’s to the public free of charge. Many look forward to this evening of quiet beauty to help center their thoughts and spirit for the weeks ahead.

Paul Roberts is a regular guest of Sunday Night Unplugged, bringing the peaceful, rich sounds that ring forth from his collection of exotic stringed instruments. “We always look forward to having Paul play for us,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “He understands the significance of music and how it effects the spiritual well-being of its listeners. He immediately puts his audience in a state of peaceful awareness and allows our hearts to be calm and attentive to God’s presence among us.”

This Sunday, he will be playing original compositions on the cello banjo, an early American instrument that he has helped revive. The five-string cello banjo, which has a rich mellow sound, became an important part of many American banjo clubs and orchestras some 120 years ago. Fading to extinction in the early 20th century, the cello banjo was recently brought back into existence and, since then, Paul has became one of its leading proponents. “For me, the cello banjo is a throwback to instruments from ancient times, which is how I approach it,” says Paul.

Paul Roberts has been an important part of the fabric of the musical community in Pagosa Springs since his arrival in 1995. He has been a promoter and educator in the arts since his arrival, producing shows and performing on his wide array of instruments.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of his experience and musical caliber in our town,” says Fr. Neel. “Every time I hear him play, I am somewhat in awe of his abilities and the unique musical experiences he provides. We are always happy to have him join us at Sunday Night Unplugged.”

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 South Pagosa Blvd., next door to the hospital. For more information, call 731-5801 or visit their website at www.stpatrickspagosa.org.

This story was posted on January 9, 2014.