Irish blessing for Wild Bear

Wild BearThis Sunday, the Nederland Community Presbyterian Church is hosting Lough Key, an Irish/Celtic group as part of The Nederland Summer Concert Series, Music in the Mountains.

The local Ned’s Reds is sponsoring the event, an afternoon of traditional Irish music and some Irish tales with storyteller Bailey Phelps. Anyone who has attended any of the concert series knows that each of them has been a treat for those fortunate to attend.

Lough Key is a Front Range band formed in 2009 to play new styles of Irish/Celtic music, along with more familiar traditional Irish tunes.  They play Front Range  Irish pubs and bring the flute, pennywhistle, bodhran, and guitar together for the classic Irish sound.

The group includes Jennifer Pauley, playing the flute and pennywhistle. She was a classical music student at the University of Wyoming who fell in love with Irish music. Since receiving her undergraduate and performance degrees she has continued to pursue the study of Irish/Celtic music and shares this love by playing at many venues along the Front Range.

With Jennifer is Robyn Schultz on the bodhran and Melody Randall on guitar. Robyn finally realized her dream of playing drums by finding the bodhran; she adds the flute to the session on occasion. Melody teaches guitar in private and clinic sessions and writes original compositions.

Joining the musicians is professional storyteller Dr. Bailey, who was the associate pastor at the Presbyterian Church for a time. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation, Northern Colorado Storytellers, and brings to storytelling an Irish flavor that bring warmth and humor to the concert. No one can resist a Celtic tune or a homespun Irish tale.

Not only will it be an afternoon of great music and stories, but the concert will benefit the Wild Bear Nature Center in Nederland. It is all good.

Concert time is 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 20th. A reception provided by Ned’s Reds will follow the concert.


Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.

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