Musical trio returns to the KAFM Radio Room May 18 |

Musical trio returns to the KAFM Radio Room May 18

Sharon Sullivan
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David Starr, Roy Martin and Ellen Stapenhorst occasionally take time out from their respective individual music careers to perform together as they plan to do Saturday, May 18, in the KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave.

“We really like the Radio Room’s intimate atmosphere. It’s a good place to showcase the songs,” Starr said.

Stapenhorst just returned from a California tour; Starr was in Nashville recently recording his original material; and both Martin and Starr have been busy performing together as a duo and with the David Starr Band. They each play solo as well.

As a trio, the musicians tend to perform folk with a little country-rock show, Starr said.

He and Martin grew up listening to groups like the Eagles and Poco; Stapenhorst is more steeped in the folk tradition, he said.

“It’s mostly original material,” Starr said. “We may throw a few other songwriters in there to mix it up a bit.”

Stapenhorst plays acoustic guitar and fiddle; Martin plays acoustic guitar and mandolin. Starr also performs acoustic guitar, as well as keyboards. All three write songs and sing.

“There’s an emphasis on vocal harmonies,” Starr said.

At performances, “we like to do a writer-in-the-round format,” where each musician takes turns choosing his or her song, talks about it, and then everyone plays along, Starr said.

The Cedaredge-based David Starr Band performs in clubs and festivals in Colorado and Arkansas, as well as private gigs such as weddings and birthdays.

They’ve shared the stage with John Oates, Travis Tritt, Clint Black, Survivor, the Guess Who and other national acts.

Stapenhorst is known for her uplifting, original folk music and humor.

She recently released her fourth album, “Shifting Sand.” The songs, all original, encompass personal and spiritual issues to social conscience and satire. Her song, “Grand Junction,” was featured on National Public Radio’s Car Talk and the song “Traveler” was on LA Acoustic Radio’s most requested list for two years.

Stapenhorst, who is also based in western Colorado, has shared the stage or opened for such artists as John Denver, Buffy Sainte-Marie, John Stewart, Shawn Colvin and Frankie Valli.

Tickets to the show are available by calling 970-241-8801, ext. 223, or online at

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