WEST?BEND?- The West Bend Public Library is pleased to welcome acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow in concert. The event will be held this Thursday, March 16th at 7 p.m. at the Library, which is located at 316 S. Broadway in West Bend. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the West Bend Public Library and is free to the public.
Jerry Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions.
His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels, and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.
"In concert, Jerry brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor, and legends behind the music. "Jerry Barlow 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," says Scott Beach, Director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment.
Barlow's latest CD, VOYAGE OF HOPE, was released in early September and features songs about the Irish immigration to America in the mid-1800s. His 2011 recording, FIELDS AND FENCES, was one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards. The Indie Acoustic Project selected the title song from Jerry's CD, BRING DOWN THE STORM, as "one of the best songs of 2006."
Music from all of Barlow's recordings can be heard regularly on National Public Radio stations. He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, and was profiled in Celtic Connection. He has performed in the Gates Auditorium for the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, and is a favorite of High plains Public Radio's Living Room Concert Series in Amarillo, TX.
For more information on Jerry Barlow, contact the West Bend Public Library at 515.887.6411 or www.jerrybarlow.com.