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Renowned guitarist returns to Iowa
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · July 13th, 2017

The Marion Public Library will be the site of a terrific program on Wednesday night, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. Renowned guitarist Jerry Barlow is returning to Iowa to perform Celtic songs, some of which he wrote, and others which he arranged. He is a gifted storyteller, too, and shares the stories behind the songs.

This concert is free.

We talked with Jerry last week and he is pleased to be returning to Iowa. He added, "I'm very proud of the repertoire I have put together for this summer tour. It focuses on the immigration of the Irish to America in the mid-1850s during the Potato Famine in Ireland - their stories, their music, their history. I think you'll like it very much."

We heard Jerry last year in March. He was to perform at the Hiawatha Library, but the registration filled up so fast that the location was changed to Harding Middle School. We attended the concert, bought his CDs afterward, and have enjoyed them ever since.

His Celtic fingerpicking style is impressive and he offers a wide range of music - lively jigs, spirited reels and also haunting airs that touch our hearts.

Jerry's background includes 20 years in Nashville with guys like Eddy Arnold and Conway Twitty. He spent time in Appalachia as well but now lives in Colorado.

His Celtic Fingerstyle guitar playing has gained him respect and awards from those in the guitar-playing community. "Bring Down the Storm," the title song from one of his albums, was rated among the best songs of the year a number of years ago. Fields and Fences was rated as one of the top nominees for instrumental Album of the Year, too. Also highly rated are the CDs Keepsake and 'Twas the Night, which is a Christmas album.

Some of his music has been used for TV documentaries by Landlocked Films and the University of Colorado.

Jerry will perform in some other Iowa locations before coming to Marion. He will be at the Asbury Branch Library near Dubuque this Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Monday evening he is venturing west to Marshalltown's Public Library for a 6 p.m. show. Tuesday evening he will be at the Lisbon Public Library for a 7 p.m. show (101 E. Main).

Then comes the concert here at the Marion Library on Wednesday, the 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Jerry will present a 7 p.m. concert in Traer Thursday night (at the library, 531 2nd St.) and then head to Clear Lake for the Iowa Storytellers' Festival on July 22.

Hope you'll find a spot and evening to go hear him.
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