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By Jill Hill 

Andy Hackbarth & Wayward Tambourine to Perform in Sidney October 2nd


The Northeastern Arts Network proudly presents in concert Andy Hackbarth & Wayward Tambourine on Thursday, October 2nd. Contemporary folk ensemble with award-winning singer/songwriter Andy Hackbarth, this group creates music bearing the stamp of the contemporary West. These highly acclaimed road warriors have set themselves apart with a mix of intricately-arranged original songs, one-of-a-kind renditions of popular cover tunes and virtuosic guitar selections with an upbeat show that continues to "wow" audiences of all ages.

Not only does Andy Hackbarth join the choice few indie artists who preserve the folk ethic of acoustic instrumentation, but he also manages to create a cohesive album while weaving together seemingly disparate musical traditions such as 19th century Spanish Romanticism, jazz standards, the classical masters and contemporary indie rock. A native of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Andy grew up hiking the back country alongside his family's llamas. (They carried his guitars!) Early on, he played songs by Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot around the campfire but quickly made room for the works of Tarrega, Granados or whatever classical composers he happened to be studying at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Recognized as a classical guitar virtuoso in his early 20s, Andy sought to pursue new musical interests, in particular, writing his own songs. So, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee until his songwriting was on par with his mastery of the guitar. "You don't realize how much you have to learn until you move to Nashville," he says. "Truly great songs are so rare, and it's an incredible feeling to know that you've written a song in which every word counts---one that forces everyone who hears it to stop, really listen, and look at the world in a completely different way." Achieving this very effect, Treadmill Horses represents Andy Hackbarth's fourth album and contains seven carefully selected songs whose lyrics are as poetic as the arrangements are precise and beautiful.

This concert will be held at the MonDak Heritage Center at 7:00 p.m. Season tickets can be purchased at the door: adults $45, senior $40, and students $35. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For additional concert information contact Candy Markwald 406-488-4155, Jill Hill 406-489-4304, or Karen Boehler 406-433-4375.

The Big Sky Series is made possible in part by through grant support from Montana's Cultural Trust, Montana Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, the Montana Performing Arts Consortium and the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).


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