Ryan Farris has been playing music for over twenty years. He started playing cello in fifth-grade orchestra in Nederland and taught himself the fiddle a couple of years after that. His maternal grandmother (who was Irish) bought him his first instrument when he was young – an Irish penny whistle – and he fell in love with Irish music.
When Farris was young, he would play in groups formed by his neighbors and other locals before learning the cello in school and playing for the Boulder Youth Symphony. He would earn his undergraduate degree in music at CU Boulder before going to Seattle to get his master’s degree.
Farris plays Celtic music, mostly Irish and Scottish music, and also plays for the Boulder Irish Session, a group of amateur players that gets together every week to play. While in Seattle for his master’s degree in 2018, he joined a newly formed band called Cavort Celtic, which is now recording their second album.
Farris discusses how traditional Celtic music often plays in more intimate venues such as breweries or pubs. He loves being able to welcome the audience to every performance and be consistently engaged with them, something that was virtually impossible to do during quarantine. He is thrilled that venues are starting to open up again, and he is excited for every opportunity he gets in the full-time career in music that he adores.
You can see Ryan Farris perform at Very Nice Brewing Company, 20 Lakeview Drive, Unit 112 in Nederland, on Thursday, December 23, 2021, from 6-8 p.m.
Here are the listings of live music this week! Check it out and support your local musicians.
Friday, December 17 – Kamani with Electric Kif
Wednesday, December 22 at 8 p.m. – A Very Hillbilly Caribou Christmas
Friday, December 31 – Gasoline Lollipops with The Runaway Grooms
Location: 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland.
Gold Hill Inn
Friday, December 17 at 8:30 p.m. – The Alcapones
Saturday, December 18 at 7 p.m. – Kate Farmer
Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. – Big Richard
Wednesday, December 22 at 5:30 p.m. – A Winter’s Eve
Thursday, December 23 at 6 p.m. – Daniel Rodriguez and Friends
Friday, December 31 at 7 p.m. – New Year’s Eve Dance Party!
Location: 401 Main Street, Gold Hill.
Howlin Wind Brewing
Saturday, December 18 at 4 p.m. – Andrew Cooney
Sunday, December 19 at 3 p.m. – Lucas Wolf
Facebook: www.facebook.com/howlinwindbrewing Location: 51 A Main St, Rollinsville. Phone: 1-309-825-5245
Last Stand Tavern
Friday, December 17 at 6 p.m. – Karaoke & Ugle Sweater Contest (7 p.m.)
Saturday, December 18 at 5 p.m. – Gregg Green
Location: 32138 Highway 72, Coal Creek Canyon.
Dam Jam on Thursdays at 10 p.m. Karaoke on Sundays at 7 p.m.
Location: 121 N. Jefferson Street, Nederland.
The Jamestown Mercantile
Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m. – Bonnie & Taylor Sims
Thursday, December 23 at 7 p.m. – Chris Sheldon and Friends
Location: 108 Main Street, Jamestown.
Sunday December 19 at 5:30 p.m. – Elexa Dawson
All streaming and socials: www.linktr. ee/elexadawson
Straight to the videos: www. elexadawson.com/video
Location: 1440 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs.
Very Nice Brewing Company
Thursday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. – Open group Ukulele lesson at 5:30 p.m. Bring your ukulele and join the fun. Class fee $5 per student.
Friday, December 17 at 6 p.m. – Jazz by Dan Williams
Thursday, December 23 at 6 p.m. – Celtic with Ryan Farris, and the annual holiday cookie exchange.
Thursday, December 30 at 6 p.m. – Jazz by Dan Williams
Location: 20 E. Lakeview Drive, #112, Nederland.
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