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The Crowlin’ Ferlies play Glenwood

Stina Sieg
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Crowlin’ Ferlies refers to a Robert Burns poem ” dedicated to a head louse. Be assured though, their sound is much more romantic. A mixture of mandolin, bass, banjo, fiddle and more, the Ferlies are made up the valley’s acoustic community, players who just can’t get enough of that Celtic, old-time style. A longtime, fiddling Ferlie, John Sommers can regularly be seen with the Last Minute String Band, as well as Heart of the Rockies. A banjo player and mandolinist as well, Sommers began with bands in college and the Navy. He arrived in the area 38 years ago to hang out with a buddy and has been making music here ever since. Sunday afternoon, he’ll be one of several Ferlies featured at the Strawberry Days festival.

What first drew you to music? “Oh, I guess my musical history goes back to when I was growing up. I went to camp in the summer, and a counselor taught me a few chords, and that was fun for me. I took violin lessons when I was in the sixth grade, but I didn’t really take an active role in making music until I got into college, and that’s when I went into an organized band. I’m just happy to be playing music in the valley, and I’ve been really fortunate to be able to do this.”

Was it hard to learn all those instruments? “Well, first of all, I haven’t really learned them. I’m still learning them.”

What can people expect to hear from the Ferlies? “They’re going to hear a culmination of Celtic and old time music. It kind of all blends together. Don and April (Paine) are going to do some really fun vocals. They’ll be some more vocals, and hopefully we’ll get some people up there dancing, if it’s not too hot.”

What is it about old timey music that gets to you? “Two things: the melody and rhythm. And they’re both infectious. The mandolin and the guitar and the bass ” it’s just such a cool sound.”

Why do you want to share it? “Because it’s a way of putting a smile on people’s faces. I know it sounds corny, but that’s why I play it.”

Why do you think music is important? “It takes people out of their everyday lives for a moment, don’t you think?

Contact Stina Sieg: 384-9111

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