Gypsies Have a Word for That

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ron Radford is a Vietnam vet who grew up in an trailer park in Oklahoma. When he was 17 years old, he heard a recording by Carlos Montoya that changed his life.

Now a world-class flamenco guitarist, Radford is in town to perform at the Eureka Springs Jazz Festival and to play and speak at Carroll County schools. Today (Wednesday, Sept. 19) he will bring his music and his story to students at Berryville schools. On Thursday he will present a program at the Eureka Springs Middle School at 9:30 a.m. to which parents are invited. The elementary school will hear him Thursday at 1:30 p.m., and high school students Friday at 8:30 a.m.

When he performs at schools, Radford weaves the gypsy music of Spain with a life lesson: discover your unique talent and use it to make the world a better place. Radford traveled through Spain learning from masters and gypsies to play music infused with what gypsies call duende, or soul.

Radford performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eureka Springs Auditorium. As one concert preview stated,"This is a program that will have everyone shouting "Ole!" #

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