Fellowship of the Strings likes their music one part bluegrass and one part Celtic.
Breaking away from the tradition of both will make them stand out at their first appearance at the annual Durango Celtic Festival next week.
“We play Celtic music sprinkled in with our bluegrass, but it’s going to be really fun for us to meld the two,” said fiddler Dennon Jones, a music major at Fort Lewis College. “We’re going to play lots of Celtic pieces, but we’re going to take improv solos like it’s a bluegrass tune.”
The Celtic Festival, now in its sixth year, hosts bands from all over the world and also provides workshops.
Fellowship of the Strings formed about three years ago. Members are Dylan Ruckel on the guitar, Jeff Berman on bass, Jones on fiddle and Patrick Storen on mandolin. Jones will also play with local bands Kitchen Jam Band and Patrick Crossing at the festival.
Special guests Shiela Lane and Brin DeVore will join Fellowship of the Strings.
Jones said playing at a festival in a town that values its musicians is special.
“It just blows me away how vibrant the local music scene is; how much it gives people a passion to play, or go out to see it,” he said.