Jerry Barlow plays Celtic fingerstyle guitar, a musical style which started developing over thirty years ago in the British Isles when guitarists began to render Celtic melodies traditionally played on harp, pennywhistle, and fiddle. Jerry’s background as a country artist and songwriter in Nashville, where his songs were recorded by Conway Twitty, Eddy Arnold, and Jeanny Pruitt, led him to the music of the Smokey Mountains and the traditional Celtic melodies behind that music. His repertoire of lively jigs, spirited reels, and hauntingly beautiful airs has been described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.
Jerry was featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. His music has been played on National Public Radio and will be included in the soundtrack of the upcoming PBS documentary Song of Our Children. Jerry has appeared in concert at the Gates Auditorium at the University of Denver’s beautiful new Newman Center, Swallow Hill Music Association, which presents concerts by nationally and internationally known acoustic and folk artists, and the Performing Arts Festival at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In July, he was a featured main stage performer at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver.
Jerry's expressive style and sensitive renderings of Celtic music on fingerstyle guitar are ideal for concerts or for enhancing the background ambiance of elegant restaurants and social gatherings.