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ECA to present Sara Grey and Kieron Means

Elation Center for the Arts presents folksinger Sara Grey and her son, Kieron Means, from Scotland in concert Monday, Oct. 26, at the Unitarian Fellowship. The concert begins at 7 p.m. preceded by a workshop at 6.

Sara Grey — a musician who breathes life into traditional ballads — performs a splendid collection of rare folk songs, clawhammer banjo tunes, and humorous stories.

Once you have heard Sara Grey, you will never forget her. A ballad singer of great strength, she has a richly emotional voice that compels you to give her your undivided attention. Grey’s voice is both powerful and sweet, with a distinctive and lovely tremolo. Her singing is that it reflects her great knowledge of and feeling for traditional music.

Grey is from the states, but she has lived in Scotland for 38 years, where she works closely with other traditional singers from Scotland and Ireland to trace the migration of folk songs from the British Isles to North America.

Equally at home with a gentle lyric or a harsh account of life on the frontier, Grey has a reputation for her excellent singing, banjo playing and the warmth and enthusiasm she radiates to her audience. As well as singing and playing superbly, Sara is a fine storyteller specializing in stories from New England where she grew up and learned many of her stories from her father.

Singer/guitarist Kieron Means is Grey’s son and accompanist. Means is known for his exceptional singing ability, his fine guitar playing and his exceptional rapport with an audience.

Grey’s workshop, which begins at 6 p.m., will draw on her knowledge of the migration of songs across the Atlantic, from the British Isles to North America.

There is limited seating and it is highly suggested to purchase tickets early. Advance concert only tickets for $15 and are available online at and at the Higher Grounds Coffee Company. Workshop and concert combo is $20 in advance at above locations. Concert tickets at the door (if the concert is not sold out) will be available for $18.

Please help us continue the tradition of our concert intermission/social by bringing a dessert to share.

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 and visit