The Green is back

Strings shows at Botanic Park start Thursday

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Past Event

Strings in the Mountains' Music on the Green with LILT

  • Thursday, June 14, 2007, 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Yampa River Botanic Park, U.S. Highway 40, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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On the horizon

The next Music on the Green performance is at 12:15 to 1 p.m. July 5 with the Momento String Quartet. The performance marks the first of six consecutive Thursday performances by Momento in Yampa River Botanic Park.

Nearly four years have passed since fiddle player Jessie Burns left Steamboat Springs for the lively Celtic music scene in Boulder. Fortunately for local fans of traditional Irish music, she still has a soft spot for the Yampa Valley.

Burns will perform here Thursday as part of a duo known as LILT, and it's a free show. LILT kicks off the Strings in the Mountains' "Music on the Green" series from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park.

Burns is about to undergo another transformation in her musical career. She recently joined the aggressively international touring band Gaelic Storm, according to a festival spokesperson. Her new bandmates perform about 125 dates a year playing Irish pub rock.

Burns came to Steamboat from Vermont in 1998 and formed a Celtic band called Shenan-igans with Bob Shafer, John Aviza, Gary Berman and Megan Dorn. Later, Von Wilson (banjo) and Greg Zulevich (mandolin) joined the band.

She left Steamboat five years later to join the Wayfarers in Boulder, but that band slit up in the fall of 2004. She continued to perform at the energetic Irish jam sessions every Sunday evening at Connor O'Neil's Irish Pub in Boulder.

The Wayfarers reunited briefly in March 2005 and performed in Steamboat.

LILT, with Jon Sousa on guitar, performed at Steamboat Mountain Theater on March 23.

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