Folk singer coming to Minden |

Folk singer coming to Minden

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Returning a third year to northern Nevada, national recording artist Eric Hansen will appear at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 in Minden Town Park on his Singing For Life Tour. He also will appear at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at Unity Church of Today, 1701 Lucerne St., Minden.

Hansen is a gifted contemporary, folk singer and song writer whose charm and humor immediately captivate his audiences. His acclaimed guitar styles and velvet vocals caress hearts. He has something for all ages and backgrounds, as he puts music to situations we experience in everyday life.

Admission is an old-fashioned, pass-the-hat love-offering – $10 per person is suggested. The performance is sponsored by Unity Church of Today. Bring chairs or blanket and picnic dinner and enjoy a delightful evening of enchanting, inspiring original music.

At age 9 Hansen began playing guitar and singing at family gatherings in Highland, Ind. He played in Chicago coffee houses throughout his teens, then studied guitar, voice and musical composition at Chicago Musical College, where he stumbled into the theater department. He spent four years as both song writer and performer with Chicago’s Free Street Theater. After 17 years in New York City working in musicals, theater, radio plays, commercials, soap operas, cabaret and nightclubs, he moved to Tucson, Ariz., for health reasons.

Hansen was diagnosed with an incurable lung disease in 1997. Alpha-1 anti-trypsin limits his lung capacity to only 40 percent and increases his risk for pneumonia. He encourages organ donation and promotes the alpha-1 organizations and American Lung Association on his Web site Alpha-1 anti-trypsin protects the delicate tissues of the lungs by binding to neutrophil elastase, a protein released by white blood cells which digests bacteria and other foreign objects in the lungs. A person deficient in alpha-1 antitrypsin inhales irritants, or contracts lung infections, and the neutrophil elastase released in the lungs continues digesting irritants unchecked, eventually destroying healthy lung tissue. Hansen’s ability to breathe so much life into a room and to sing so beautifully with his powerfully trained voice astonishes as well as delivers enlightening inspiration to those who also suffer from alpha-1.