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Taarka will keep the Eagle-Vail audience dancing

John Scheid
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyLyons-based Taarka will take the Paddy's stage Thursday to deliver their self-described "indie-gypsy chamber folk" music.

Fresh off an energetic performance at last weekend’s Campout for the Cause at the newly reopened State Bridge, Taarka will perform in Eagle-Vail tonight. Fans of the Lyons-based folk band can expect a lively performance.

“[Taarka’s] club shows still focus on keeping folks dancing and engaged,” said Enion Pelta-Tiller, the band’s violinist and vocalist.

Unlike festival performances, which are mainly bluegrass oriented, Taarka’s small venue sets “stretch out into other genres,” Pelta-Tiller said.

Taarka consists of musicians who come from a “long tradition of gypsy troubadors,” according to their website. This collection of free spirits channels its energy and passion into a combination of different musical styles. Local bluegrass fans will hear their fill of banjo while more traditional Irish music fans will enjoy Celtic fiddle and gypsy music as well.

Along with Pelta-Tiller, tonight’s band lineup includes David Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals), Troy Robey (bass, vocals) and Zeb Bowles (baritone violin). The group has made a lasting impression on the Colorado folk scene and has shared the stage with music greats such as the Grateful Dead, Phish, String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band. Taarka has also performed at state and national music festivals including Telluride Bluegrass, High Sierra, Joshua Tree and Whole Earth.

Having composed their last full-length album, “Seed Gathering for a Winter Garden,” in 2009, Taarka is right on track for another release. The band is currently working on finishing pieces for the next album at their home studio, The Distillery, which is where Taarka’s own David Tiller produced both of Elephant Revival’s successful records.

Tiller and company will promote their new material this summer on a tour that spans Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Canada. Though several of these venues will be new to the musicians, most are familiar stomping grounds that Taarka has played before, like Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail. According to Pelta-Tiller, “the audiences there seemed to like our music, and we had a great time.”

John Scheid does freelance marketing work for Paddy’s. Email comments about this story to cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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