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Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts

... so the good spreads out where no telling it will go.
Little Tree Acoustic is a private house concert series in Lafayette, CO dedicated to creating an intimate listening space for professional singer-songwriter performers. If you want to experience music the way it should be experienced, join our friends-of-the-series email list so you can learn about and be invited to upcoming shows.

Little Tree has enjoyed a phenomenal lineup of shows that have included inspiring songwriting, animated story telling, expert musicianship, and moving poetry. Click on the images below for a sample of past performances.

Upcoming Little Tree Shows:

23 February 2018 - Nicolò Spera   (click for description)
6 April 2018 - Ellis   (description coming soon)
11 May 2018 - Sam Pacetti   (description coming soon)
23 June 2018 - True North with Gabrielle Louise   (description coming soon)

Nicolò Spera in Lafayette

Friday 23 February 2018

Classical Guitar Night at Little Tree

Little Tree Acoustic is incredibly proud to host Nicolò Spera, one of very few soloists in the world to master and perform on not only the 10-string and 6-string guitars, but also on theorbo (see photo below).

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Nicolò is a classical-guitar virtuoso, performing in the U.S. and Europe with a long list of renowned conductors, including Michael Butterman, Andrés Cárdenes, Alejandro Gómez Guillén, Devin Hughes, Cynthia Katsarelis, René Knetsch, Michael Summers, and more.

"Spera is clearly a master of his instrument who plays with a palpable love and joy in every note." - Peter Alexnder (Sharps and Flatirons)

Of Spera's CD of Ohana's complete works for solo guitar (Soundset Recordings), Seicorde (the major Italian classical guitar magazine) said it was "un disco di altissimo valore" and awarded it "Disco del mese" (5-stars).

About one of Nicolò's concerto performances, Peter Alexander wrote, "Spera has the ability to take expressive freedom with the music without ever losing a strong sense of beat, meter, and phrase. His joy ... is contagious to all, ... making this a performance to relish and remember." - (Sharps & Flatirons)

Spera is professor of Classical Guitar at CU-Boulder and also at Renaissance in the XXI Century in Florence, Italy. He has given lecture-recitals at different institutions and festivals around the world, including the Mediterranean Guitar Festival, Arizona State University, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, San Francisco Conservatory, and the University of Surrey for the launch of the International Guitar Research Centre. In 2013 Spera founded CU's International Guitar Festival and Competition.

Nicolò has developed a special program just for Little Tree:

"The program presents three composers who are very dear to me: Francesco da Milano, Mario-Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Benjamin Britten. Together they reveal my conflicting personality (and I'm afraid a bit of my troubled soul)!

Francesco da Milano's Renaissance masterpieces capture genuine enchantment for the discovery of human feelings. While Mario-Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Neo Classical music expresses the longing of the gentleness of past times. Finally, Benjamin Britten contains the pain in front of the troubles of our contemporary society.

I cannot wait to share this work with you!"

Suggested donation is $20 per seat. Doors open at 7:30pm; music starts at 8pm. This is BYOB for drinks and dessert at intermission. You can bring something to share if you like, but it's not necessary. We always have rum cake! Normally we have two sets of music with time in between to meet the artist, buy CD, and enjoy something to drink and something sweet.

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You are invited to join Little Tree in sending some eclipse love

... to Connor and Amanda Garvey and their baby girl Madison.

Connor Garvey's daughter's arrival kept Connor and Amanda from getting to this year's total eclipse, as promised at his July 2017 Little Tree show, we are sending the Garveys a framed photo of the eclipse during totality, along with love notes from the Little Tree family. You are invited to join in on the fun and write a note to their newest addition. I hope you'll share your experiences and encourage Madison's seven-year-old future self to pester her parents to take her to the next American Eclipse in 2024.

How did you experience the 2017 eclipse? What surprised you? How were you affected? What thoughts did you have, and what emotions did you feel? What would you like to tell a little girl and her parents about your experience, and why would you encourage them to get to totality together in 2024?

If you want to participate as members of the Little Tree family, even if your connection with us so far is simply the eclipse glasses we sent you, please send us your contribution by December 31st, 2017, and we'll include it with the card and framed picture we send them to welcome in the new year.

Why was Little Tree an eclipse agitator in 2017?

As a research scientist who frequently specializes in solar physics, Joe felt 1) a sense of responsibility to share his insider information on the wonder of the workings of the sun and of the eclipse, 2) obligation to give back to all you beautiful people who've been paying his salary all these years (he lives on National Science Foundation and NASA grants paid for with your tax dollars), and also that 3) artists have special abilities to articulate experience and emotion that is worth feeding. For these reasons Little Tree seemed an appropriate vehicle for inspiring people, especially artists, to go experience the total eclipse. We'll leave the eclipse info up on the Little Tree page for you to return to and enjoy, so the good can keep spreading out to where no telling it will go.

If you want to join in on Little Tree's love note to the Garveys, let me know via email to We'll send a 5x7 card, which you can sign if you are local, or if you send something on paper, we'll fold it down to that size if it's larger.

Click here for fun eclipse info and to learn about the 50-year puzzle of the solar corona.

A New Tradition:

The Carousel of Happiness: As part of our companion concerts in Nederland in 2016, a new Little Tree tradition emerged, and it was to ride the Carousel of Happiness together, audience and artists, before every Nederland sister show.

The Carousel is a living testament to the power of music to help us maintain balance in the face of life's challenges, even extreme ones. It is the creation of a Vietnam wartime marine, Scott Harrison, who clung to a tiny music box to keep his wits about him during the insanity of war. When playing his music box he said he momentarily escaped the horrors of war by imagining the peaceful image of a carousel in a mountain meadow. Working through the aftermath of the impact the war had on him, Harrison found an abandoned carousel, brought it to Nederland, and then spent the next 26 years hand carving wooden animals to bring it back to life. The result is a beautiful testament to the power of music to carry us through our struggles in life.

It was a beautiful tradition, and if you find yourself up in Nederland, make sure to spend the dollar needed to ride the carousel. Scott Harrison made quite a tribute, and it's absolutely unique.

About the concerts ~ If you've not been to a show like this before, you may be asking, "What the heck is a house concert?" It's pretty simple. We book a performer, clear out the living room furniture (in the winter - the shows are outside in the summer), set up a stage area/sound system and chairs, and invite an audience for an evening of live music. Very similar to a coffee house setting, only in the intimate environment of someone's actual home. I first learned about house concerts back in 2009 when I hosted a Kentucky friend, Mitch Barrett, who toured through Colorado after winning the 2009 Telluride Troubadour songwriting competition. One show and I was hooked, and I've been hosting phenomenal artists in my home for over seven years now! It is a truly wonderful way to experience excellent artists and their music. I'm very excited to bring this type of experience and these musicians to our little part of Colorado.

Donations ~ All concert donations go to the artist. Suggested donations for concert seats are $20 and up, on a sliding scale, meaning you are welcome to donate more if you can afford a little more to support live music. Separate donations are being collected for this show for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Also, since this will be Ara and Beth's only performance while in Colorado this time 'round, we are also passing the hat to cover the travel costs to bring them out here. You do not need to attend the concert to donate to support the artists or Planned Parenthood, so if you are remote or you're local and you can't make it, your grace is welcome and will be passed along to the artists at the show.

When ~ Doors open at 7:30pm. Music starts at 8:00pm.

Format ~ There are typically two sets of music, with beverages and homemade desserts shared at intermission. You are welcome and encouraged to bring something to share. There is time before and after the show and during the break to meet the artists and purchase CDs, books, or whatever else they have for you.

Rumcake ~ We always have it. It's a tradition, even though we are not exactly sure why. Most of the time that's just how traditions are.

Reservations ~ Advanced reservations are required. Email or call 303-620-6634.

(click an image for a sample of past performances)