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Birds of Play

  • Montanya Distillers 212 Elk Avenue Crested Butte, CO, 81224 United States (map)

Alex Paul

GUITAR, MANDOLIN, VOCALS, SONGWRITING, FELICITOUS FACILITATOR

Alex is a Southern Colorado based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a playful, insightful approach to music and composition. Born and raised in Colorado, his musical stylings reflect his approach to living a vibrant, positively silly life. His musical journey began at a young age with an utter disdain for piano lessons and wasn’t fully embraced until age 13 when he asked his dad for a guitar. The two immediately hopped in the car and drove to a local music store in Littleton, CO, with no way to know how substantially that first guitar would shift his path toward a life of poverty and idealism.  He’s been performing solo and with a number of band projects throughout the greater Rocky Mountain region for the last decade.

With a diverse repertoire of original material and a contagious energy to his live performance, Alex will bring you into his musical world for as long as you’d like to attend.  He also likes soup and could talk, or not talk, for hours.

Eric Shedd

BASS, MANDOLIN, VOCALS, MUSICAL DIRECTOR, BASS JUMPER

Eric grew up in Northern Idaho, where he attended the University of Idaho School of Music as a percussion and guitar major.  It was there he honed his musicality by participating in just about every ensemble that he could fit into his schedule, from Orchestra to Jazz Choir to Percussion Ensemble.  After sneaking out of school with a degree in General Studies, Eric put music on a side burner to pursue his passion for the outdoors, a path that has led him through being a river guide, ski patroller, wilderness therapy guide and general ski bum.

But that side burner kept on burning, with Eric playing and singing around many a campfire, to the joy and surprise of his river guests.  More recently, Eric decided to shift the focus back to music and started up Birds of Play, a project with his longtime friend Alex Paul.  They met in Durango around five years ago and decided now that they live ten hours apart, what better time to start a collaboration?

 

Jack Tolan

GUITAR, MANDOLIN, VOCALS, CULTURAL LIAISON, RESIDENT SCIENTIST

Playing music in a social setting began on a soccer field in Carbondale, CO on the CRMS campus to the sound of pounding hand drums.  Along with djembe, Jack started playing guitar in high school, learning from peers and teachers and anyone else who would show him a new chord or lick.  Attending Colorado College proved to be a natural extension of this musical journey. At CC Jack minored in music, took private guitar lessons, and played in several bands including The Nomadic Bastards, Suspiciously Crispy, and The Dudes of Brohan.  Since moving to Jackson, WY in 2012, Jack has been a member of the funk outfit Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons.


Alex and Jack have been playing music for years. From the campfires of the Utah desert to the hostels of Argentina, Jack and Alex have shared a special musical compatibility.  Once described as “a blossoming bromance,” Alex and Jack’s music has been central to how they interact with and understand one another. Jack had the privilege of playing with Eric Shedd around a campfire at Alex’s birthday soiree two falls ago. It was around that fire, somewhere deep in a canyon on the Colorado Plateau, the Birds of Play were born.

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