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Sara Grey and Kieron Means — music from both sides of the Atlantic

Elation Center for the Arts presents a concert of folk songs from both sides of the Atlantic, featuring Sara Grey from Scotland and her son, Kieron Means, at 7 p.m. next Monday, Oct. 26, at the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

A special workshop with Sara Grey and Kieron Means — on the migration of songs from the British Isles to North America — begins at 6 p.m.

Sara Grey is a folk singer who can really breathe life into traditional ballads. Her distinctive voice — both powerful and sweet — is well suited to American ballads and ballads of Ireland and Scotland, equally at home with a gentle lyric or a harsh account of life on the frontier. Grey plays five-string banjo. She is also a fine storyteller. A highly skilled performer, Grey’s abundant warmth and enthusiasm radiates to her audience.

As a youngster growing up in New Hampshire and North Carolina, Grey developed an enduring love for folk music and a keen interest in the migration of songs across the Atlantic. As a result of a collecting trip to the UK in 1970, she moved to Scotland. Now, after over 40 years of singing, collecting, teaching and spreading traditional music around the world, Grey is more enthusiastic about her work than ever.

About the workshop, which will precedes her concert, Grey says, “I will trace the migration of songs from Northern Ireland and Scotland to North America by singing a song, or part of it, from its Celtic source and then singing the American or Canadian version showing the changes and the similarities. I like to make the workshop as interactive and informal as possible by encouraging the participants to sing on choruses and refrains, and ask any relevant questions.”

Grey performs with her singer/guitarist son, Kieron Means. Means has a tremendous passion when he sings. His voice has a high lonesome edge with a warm, rich timbre. He is highly regarded for his excellent rapport with an audience. To experience the vocal blend and performance chemistry of this unique mother-son duo is an absolute delight.

There is limited seating for the concert, and it is highly suggested to purchase tickets early. Advance tickets for the concert are $15, available online at http://elationarts.org and at the Higher Grounds Coffee Company. Workshop and concert combo is $20. Concert tickets at the door (if the concert is not sold out) will be available for $18.

The Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 301 North Pagosa Blvd., past the fire station, around the back of Greenbriar Plaza in Unit B-15.

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 http://elationarts.org.