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Encore Music Series Roger Landes with Scott Estes

It’s time to get out your Irish!
Thursday, March 14th at 7pm

In honor of St. Patrick's Day the Encore music series hosts Roger Landus and Scott Estes on Thursday March 14th at 7PM. The event will be an intimate gathering of listening and sharing with two of New Mexico’s best Irish music instrumentalists.

After playing guitar in several garage bands in his teens and studying classical guitar in college, Roger’s interest in Irish music was sparked in 1981 by a recording of The Chieftains. He soon obtained a bouzouki and set about learning the intricacies of Irish and Scots dance tunes and accompaniment.

In 1982 Roger helped form the popular Celtic group Scartaglen and appeared on the group’s three recordings: Scartaglen, The Middle Path, and Last Night’s Fun. Scartaglen contributed a track to the best-selling 1993 Narada Records collection Celtic Odyssey, which was on the Billboard charts for almost two years. Scartaglen disbanded in 1994 and the next year Roger began performing in a duo with singer and keyboardist Connie Dover.

During his years with Scartaglen, Roger established himself as a first-rate accompanist and arranger, and since then has emerged as a master soloist, performing Irish tunes on the bouzouki, mandolin, tenor banjo and guitar with dazzling technical skill and creativity. He is known for his uncanny ability to translate music from the fiddle and the uilleann pipes to fretted string instruments, while retaining the essence of those more traditional instruments.

Roger’s solo CD, Dragon Reels, was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Bil VornDick. Released in 1997, it garnered unanimous critical praise.

He is the founder and artistic director of ZoukFest, the first international gathering devoted to the Irish bouzouki, which he started in 1998. ZoukFest moved with Roger to Taos, New Mexico in 2001, and since then has grown into a full-fledged world music camp, with the addition of classes for other instruments and vocals, in a range of musical styles.

Roger appeared in and contributed to the soundtrack of the 1999 film Ride with the Devil, directed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain). He has appeared on the National Public Radio shows Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion. In April 2001, his music was featured in a PBS documentary, Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie.

Since 2009 Landes has been pursuing graduate degrees at Texas Tech University and teaching a course in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He is the author of the upcoming Introduction to the Irish Bouzouki published by Hal Leonard.

At a young age Scott Estes was steeped in the music of the highland bagpipes, as his father was the director of a high school pipe band. Through a series of fortunate events, Scott was able to attend the University of Arizona on a French horn scholarship, where he played in the marching and concert bands, and the orchestra. His claim to fame is his stint as an extra playing in the band in the Revenge of the Nerds movie, although he did also perform in the 1984 Olympic Band in Los Angeles. Scott started playing Irish accompaniment on guitar in 1998, and is continuing his learning on the uilleann pipes, Irish bouzouki, Irish flute, highland bagpipes and tin whistle. Scott is currently living and playing in Albuquerque.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase from Taos Mesa Brewing.
Tickets are $10 for TCA members and $12 general admission.

For further information please contact Dancer Dearing at 575-758-2052 or


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