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Farewell, Wells

Published on February 20, 2018 3:15PM

Wells playing at the Lincoln City Farmers Market

Wells playing at the Lincoln City Farmers Market

A devoted friend of Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library will be performing a free farewell concert on Wednesday, Feb. 28, as he prepares to move on to the next stage of his life.

Library users might be familiar with Fred Wells’ music from his performances at the past two Winter Solstice celebrations, where he has impressed audiences with a mixture of blues, Celtic and acoustic crossroads music.

Locals might also recognize Wells from local bands One Way Out and The Water Brothers. He has also hosted his own open mic sessions at the Nauti Mermaid, as well as other locations throughout Lincoln County. He has been a performer for close to 45 years, half of that touring and recording professionally.

Wells grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and finished high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. He then lived in Hawaii, where he played in various bands before returning to California, where he gigged extensively as he gained experience as a musician. He has also worked in landscaping and construction, recycling and as an account executive in telecommunications in Silicon Valley in the ‘80s. In addition to being a performer, he is also a music teacher.

Wells first met his wife Sharon in 2008, and moved to Lincoln City in 2010 to marry her and settle here. After seven years in Oregon, the two are relocating to Arizona this Spring, partly seeking a change of climate due to health reasons. The two plan to return occasionally to see grandchildren in the area.

The farewell concert will start at 6 pm at Driftwood Public Library, located on the second floor of the Lincoln Square Civic Complex at 801 SW Hwy. 101

For more information, contact Ken Hobson at 541-996-1242 or e-mail khobson@lincolncity.org.

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