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Concert celebrates region's early songs

| May 5, 2023 1:00 AM

The region’s earliest songs are being celebrated today and the community is invited along for a listen.

Gary Eller is performing “Idaho Songs of the Early Idaho Panhandle Region” today at the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint’s Little Carnegie Concert Hall. The program, which begins at 7 p.m., is presented by MCS and the Bonner County Historical Society and Museum. There is no charge to attend.

“The growing warmth of spring and summer brings with it songs of creatures waking from their slumber,” Bry Ells, administrator of the Bonner County Historical Society and Museum, said. “The telling of stories through song is something shared among all living beings. As we hear the songs of life around us, we are reminded to welcome each season with a new song. One such soul keeps our stories alive through song, even sharing unheard stories, and is coming to Sandpoint tonight.”

Eller’s passion is keeping the state’s stories along through song and sharing Idaho’s history, Ells said. He will perform songs written in, and about, Idaho in the days before radio.

“Most of these songs were unearthed as old sheet music and had never been recorded until Eller brought them back to life,” she said. “From work songs to folk songs, on recognizable topics ranging throughout the Idaho panhandle, this unique performance is not to be missed.”

Founded in 1972, the Bonner County Historical Society and Museum is a private, non-profit organization.

The museum is located at 611 S. Ella Ave. For more information, call the museum at 208-263-2344, or go online to bonnercountyhistory.org.