• Special to the Daily Leader
The Liberal Memorial Library is pleased to once again present acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow in concert at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
The free concert will be at the library at 519 N. Kansas in Liberal. Barlow’s expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels and hauntingly beautiful airs have been described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.
Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional Celtic pieces and his own compositions.
For centuries, Celtic melodies have been played primarily on the harp, flute, pennywhistle and fiddle. More recently, innovative guitarists have developed methods of playing this enchanting music utilizing alternate tunings combined with fingerstyle techniques.
In concert, Barlow brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor, and legends behind the music.
“Jerry Barlow’s performances reveal a performer who is skilled, funny and riveting. Out of the many musicians performing today, the vast majority are skilled in either performing on their instrument or in entertaining an audience. It’s very rare and extremely enjoyable to see a musician at the very top of his craft in both areas,” said Scott Beach, Director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment.
The Indie Acoustic Project, an international award that celebrates the best in innovative, independent acoustic music, has selected the title song from Jerry’s newest CD, “Bring Down the Storm,” as “one of the best songs of 2006.”
Songs from his first CD, “Keepsake,” were included in a PBS documentary “Song of our Children.” Music from “Bring Down the Storm” is featured in the new University of Colorado documentary “Learn about Climate Change.”
Barlow’s music can be heard regularly on many National Public Radio stations. He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, and has performed in the Gates Auditorium for the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
Other performances include the Living Room Concert Series for High Plains Public Radio, Amarillo, Texas, Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver and the Performing Arts Festival in the Denver Center for Performing Arts.
The concert is free to the public. Please contact 626-0180 for more information.