Banjo virtuoso Adam Hurt to perform in Pagosa Springs

Elation Center for the Arts presents “Adam Hurt, North Carolina Banjo Virtuoso,” in concert at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

Deemed a “banjo virtuoso” by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt plays a style of old-time American mountain music known as “clawhammer.” Characterized by subtle rhythmic and melodic ornamentation, clawhammer banjo takes on an extraordinary elegance in the hands of a masterful banjoist — and Hurt’s playing really brings out the richness of this ancient musical tradition.

Coaxing exquisite tones out of his banjo, Hurt is renowned for his elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style. At age 25, he has already won many major competitions and state banjo championships. Besides being highly in demand as a performer, Hurt is a gifted and respected teacher who conducts banjo workshops throughout the U.S.

In 2006, he released his second CD, “Insight,” which draws on diverse musical influences from the North Carolina Piedmont, the mountains of Central West Virginia, the Ohio River Valley and beyond.

Hurt’s Pagosa Springs concert will go from the archaic modal sounds of West Virginia to the rambunctious, driving Round Peak music of Northwestern North Carolina, to the complex and technical tunes of Eastern Kentucky. Sprinkled throughout this traditional 5-string banjo concert will be a few of Hurt’s renditions of early American mountain music on his fiddle.

Listen to some of his music online at http://cdbaby.com/cd/adamhurt.

The next stories about this upcoming concert, “Adam Hurt, North Carolina Banjo Virtuoso,” will feature quotes from my interviews with the artist, about his intriguing journey into the heartland of traditional American music.

Advance tickets for $12 are available online at elationarts.org and at the Higher Grounds Coffee Company. Tickets at the door are $15. Young people 18 and under will be admitted free of charge.

Please help us continue the tradition of sharing a dessert at the concert intermission social.

Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Ave. in the Vista subdivision of Pagosa Lakes. Take U.S. 160 to Vista Boulevard; turn north on Vista, then left on Port. The clubhouse is at the end of Port in the PLPOA complex.

Elation Center for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides cultural arts programs to the community of Pagosa Springs. For more information, call 731-3117.


Photo courtesy ECA
Known for his innovative clawhammer banjo style, Adam Hurt has won many major competitions and state banjo championships. Besides being in demand as a performer, Hurt is a gifted teacher who conducts banjo workshops throughout the U.S. Elation Center for the Arts presents Hurt in concert, Monday, April 20.