BETHANY, W.Va. – Aaron Carey, Bethany College Lecturer in Fine Arts, and local musician Andrew Della Cagna have been invited to perform at the Mesquite Heat Festival, scheduled for Saturday, July 12 in Harlingen, Texas. The annual festival showcases music typically heard on National Public Radio (NPR) or seen on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Carey and Della Cagna have been writing and performing original acoustic music under the name Forest of the Soul since 2003 but the invitation to perform at the Mesquite Heat Festival came as a surprise. Carey had submitted several recordings to a public radio station in Harlingen (KMBH-FM) earlier this year in hopes of getting some airplay. Shortly after receiving the recordings, officials from KMBH-FM called Carey with an offer to fly the two guitarists to Texas so that they could participate in the July event.

Other artists already committed to the festival include The Tex-Mex Experience, Chronicles of 3, Valles Flying Machine and a symphony orchestra from the Harlingen area. Also scheduled to be on hand as a special guest is Los Angeles producer Roy Z. He is best known for his work with Tribe of Gypsies and members of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

Carey and Della Cagna’s music blends Celtic, folk, classical and Native American styles. They have performed occasionally at clubs in the Ohio Valley and have also laid down several tracks at Della Cagna’s Sacred Sound recording studio in Martins Ferry, Ohio. A Forest of the Soul mini-album titled Faun Song is scheduled for a summer release.