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Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF
Band Folk Acoustic


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'Songs Among Friends' ~ April 2011



We're "NEARLY THERE!", a folk and acoustic rock music band from Denver. At first, we were a duo...

Don Mares and Paul Wigton began playing music together when they attended Regis Jesuit High, back in the early 70s. Don and Paul were both fans of John Denver's music; being a fan of John's music in the early 70s while of high school age was *not* the coolest thing to be! Don taught Paul to play guitar and many an enjoyable homeroom period was spent by the old elevator at Regis High, singing John Denver songs.

As a result, Don and Paul began what became a lifelong friendship and musical partnering. Don's wonderfully lithe, light work on his vintage Gibson 'Dove' is a sight and sound to behold; Paul's specialty has always been his high, sailing vocals, and to the group he adds the beautiful symphony of his Guild 412XL 12-string, an instrument that simply *has* to be heard to be believed. Don's lithe and fluid finger work on guitar is part of the foundation and soul of the group's sound.

Don and Paul rediscovered the joy and sheer pleasure of singing and playing together, and in the summer of 2006 began playing at local Denver coffee shops and open mic nights.

In April of 2011, NEARLY THERE! completed their first full-length CD, titled, "Songs Among Friends". It's a collection of 60s and 70s folk music, with selections from John Prine, Seals and Crofts, Don McLean, Australian songwriter/singer, John Williamson, and, of course, John Denver.

Those songs, and samples thereof, can be accessed thru CD Baby:

We are now joined by a wonderful new vocalist, Ada Claire, a great mandolin/violin player, Pat Chavez, and a legend in the Denver area, for her hot bass licks and smokin' lead guitar, Gloria Nelson. Both Pat and Gloria were in "Gertrude's Stein Band,' and their music can be accessed on the Web... We also have local percussionist Marty Kenfield, joining us: Marty also plays a mean harmonica, hot congas and bongos, plus a plethora of other weird, wonderful, and noisy percussion instruments!

We play around the Metro area so make sure to check our blog often for updates on upcoming gigs:

FOR BOOKING, CALL 303-948-1876