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All songs Celtic:  Barlow concert includes Scottish and Irish classics, original work

Jerry Barlow will perform Celtic music at the Arts Center on July 17. Tickets are available at the door.Submitted photo

Storytelling, humor and traditional Celtic music played on a guitar will be the centerpieces of Jerry Barlow’s upcoming concert at the Arts Center in Jamestown.

Once a country music performer, Barlow began playing Celtic traditional music and writing his own Celtic-styled tunes after moving to the Appalachian Mountains. There, he found a distinct Celtic influence on the local country and folk music scene.

“The more I got into it, the more I realized — that’s the Celtic influence that I’m really liking. It captured me to the point where I realized that’s what I wanted to do,” Barlow said.

Now he tours the U.S. playing Celtic-styled music on the guitar, using fingerstyle, meaning the instrument’s strings are plucked with the fingers rather than with a pick.

Barlow’s music has been played on National Public Radio stations and used in the PBS documentary “Songs of our Children.”

Because most of the songs he plays in concert are instrumentals, Barlow also makes sure he tells the stories behind the music when he performs.

“It’ll be a combination of traditional Celtic and some Celtic-inspired originals,” he said.

Some of the tunes Barlow plays will likely sound familiar to people even if they don’t listen to Celtic music on a regular basis, like “Loch Lomond,” “Wild Mountain Thyme,” “The Water Is Wide,” “The Star of the County Down” and “The Girl I Left Behind.”

“I mix in some humor with it too, and try to keep it interesting,” Barlow said, adding that “people who just want to enjoy some live music, presented with a lot of rapport and some humor” should go to the show.

Barlow’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Arts Center.

Tickets are available at the door for $7 for Arts Center members and $10 for nonmembers.

For more information about Barlow, visit www.jer

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