Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow in concert Friday

Elation Center for the Arts presents “Jerry Barlow: Master Celtic Guitarist,” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

Born and raised in Denver, Barlow is an eloquent guitarist who has been on the A-list of concert musicians for years. A consummate musician at the top of his craft, Barlow’s acoustic guitar conjures up the ancient musical landscapes of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany.

With lots of jigs, reels, hornpipes, baroque compositions of Ireland’s legendary harper Turlough O’Carolan, plus Barlow’s own original compositions, listeners will be transported across time and space, on an imaginary journey to a rustic Irish fishing village, the misty Scottish Highlands, an ancient English forest.

Barlow describes Celtic music as, “music with great depth and beauty, chronicling the emotional experience of an entire culture.” His performance reflects his immersion in the rich history of the Celtic people. His skillful use of legends and events behind the music adds a colorful and meaningful dimension to his performance. “This musical style has been evolving over the past thirty years as musicians began transposing Celtic melodies that were traditionally played on the bagpipes harp, pennywhistle and fiddle to the guitar,” says Barlow. He is among a relatively small group of guitarists who are proficient in this style.

A sublime acoustic guitarist, Barlow’s fluid, melodic music soothes the soul, warms the heart and lifts the spirit. He has a highly sensitive style reminiscent of classical guitarists.

Barlow’s concert also includes some of his own original compositions. Songs from his CD, “Keepsake,” have been played on National Public Radio and were included in the PBS documentary, “Song of Our Children.” The title song from his CD, “Bring Down the Storm,” won the prestigious Independent Music Award. Barlow has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine.

Barlow was a highly sought-after performer and songwriter in Nashville for many years, before shifting his musical emphasis to Celtic guitar music.

Join us at 7 p.m. this Friday at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse when a warm, accessible performer with a great sense of humor returns to the ECA stage by popular demand to capture the magic of ancient Celtic melodies.

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

Please help us continue the tradition of our concert intermission/social by bringing a dessert to share. ECA is also putting out the call for volunteers to help with concert setup and cleanup.

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.