February 23, 2024
The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents Birds of Play and Friends live in concert at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Friday, February 23 at 9:00 p.m., doors at 8:00 p.m.
Birds of Play will be migrating home to share a collaborative and magical night of songs, stories, and bird calls. Drawing on their repertoire of four full-length studio albums – including their most recent release, Birdsongs of the American West – while enlisting the talents of a surprise array of fellow Telluride musicians, this will be a Birds of Play show like no other.
Birds of Play is an Americawna Roots quartet based in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado. Their distinct sound is rooted in and inspired by their connection to the land in which they reside. The band features multi- instrumentalists and songwriters Alex Paul on guitar, upright bass, mandolin and vocals; Eric Shedd on upright bass, mandolin, guitar and vocals; Anneke Dean on violin, guitar and vocals and Jack Tolan on guitar, mandolin, electric bass and vocals.
Their arrangements and compositions are a reflection of their vast and teaming pools of inspiration from artists such as Wood Brothers, Punch Brothers and Andrew Bird. Birds of Play’s high-caliber musicianship and song craft are laced with imagination and a vibrant, intuitive understanding of the human condition – while their live shows weave together an intricate tapestry of place, authenticity, magic, and humor.
Five years into this journey, Birds of Play are venturing further out of the nest to create community and bring people together to share in universal themes of love, connection, and wonder. With an uplifting and joyous exuberance – and a fourth studio album on the horizon for release this summer – these four dear friends are riding the thermals of their creativity to ever-greater heights.