Arvel Bird & Kimberly Kelley
Winter Solstice Concert
Celtic Indian Flutist/Violinist
Earth Speak & Friends
with special guest singer & musician
Tickets - $20 Advance, $22 Door, $25 Priority Seating
The Old Town Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the return of the incomparable Celtic Indian Arvel Bird for the popular “Annual Winter Solstice Concert” on Friday, December 21st, at 7:00 PM.
Joining Arvel and Kimberly Kelley for this evening of songs for the season are EarthSpeak featuring William Eaton, Susannah Martin, Claudia Tulip, Bart Applewhite and special guest Kaleah.
Arvel Bird, named by the prestigious Cowboy and Indian Magazine, as one of their top 4 favorite Native American Musicians, along with Buffy St. Marie and R. Carlos Nakai, is a violinist, flutist and composer who brings to life the dramatic connection between Native American and Celtic traditions, stirring up scenes that echo from North American memory.
Arvel has won the coveted title of Artist of the Year at the Native American Music Awards (Nammys), followed by the Best Instrumental Album at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (Cammys) among others. As comfortable on Native American flute as he is on violin, guitar and other instruments, Arvel has played with such top country stars as Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, Louise Mandrell, and many more.
For 13 years Arvel and his wife and musical partner Kimberly Kelley toured across the U.S. and internationally, and recently they’ve made Cottonwood their home with the founding of the Center of Universal Light. Kimberly Kelley brings harmony vocals, keyboards and bodhran to this evening of holiday inspired music.
The group Earth Speak is William Eaton, Claudia Tulip, Susannah Martin and Bart Applewhite.
Visionary Guitarist William Eaton is acknowledged as one of the world’s great designers and builders of unique guitars and stringed instruments. He is a four-time GRAMMY nominee, NAMMY (Native American Music Awards) winner, and long time recording artist for Canyon Records.
Kaleah, a beautiful ethereal singer, songwriter and keyboard player, well known in Verde Valley, will bring her unique interpretations of well loved favorites; Silent Night, Scarborough Fair and others.
In addition to playing his own music Arvel will weave his way in and out of the music selections brought by all of the performers to create a “holiday music in the round” that expresses the spiritual traditions of many cultures that share a passion for music.
Join these talented performers to ignite your soul and keep you energized, entertained and inspired for the holiday season
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