'The Celtic Year,' Four Shillings Short in concert


BELLOWS FALLS >> Stone Church Arts presents two events this coming weekend: "The Celtic Year: Songs, Stories and Folklore Celebrating the Celtic Wheel of Time", a concert with Four Shillings Short at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, and "Singing in Gaelic", a workshop led by Aodh Og O'Tuama from Cork, Ireland, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday . Both events will take place in Currier Hall, 12 Church St. The concert is limited to 30 tickets sold.

Rooted in Celtic and American folk, inspired by Indian Raga and Ethnic idioms, Four Shillings Short in concert is a diverse and inventive traditional music experience.

The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O'Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995. They tour in the US and Ireland, are independent folk-artists with 12 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year and live as the Troubadours of old traveling from town to town.

Aodg Og O'Tuama sings and plays tin whistles, doumbek, spoons, gemshorn, bowed psaltery, recorders, crumhorn, Native American Flutes, and many others.

Born in Cork, Ireland, Aodh Óg (pronounced, ayog) studied Medieval and Renaissance music in college. He received a music fellowship to study at Stanford University in 1984. Played in a group called Drivelling Druids before forming the group Four Shillings Short.

Christy Martin sings and plays hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, mandola and bouzouki, banjo, North Indian Sitar, guitar, charango, bowed psaltery, ukulele, and bodhran.

A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Christy was born into a musical family. She has played the sitar for 10 years, starting at the age of 16. Took up folk music in the '80's. Has been playing hammered dulcimer since 1993. She was formerly in a band called Your Mother Should Know.

With the popularity of the Irish Language growing in communities all over the United States we offer a workshop that introduces folks to the language and several popular songs in Gaelic. The workshop includes: A brief overview of the Irish language; pronunciation of the basic sounds (Munster pronunciation); understanding vowel and consonant combinations; and speaking familiar words and phrases.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the concert. Tickets in advance are $17 general admission, $13 for seniors and $35 premium, reserved seating. Tickets at the door are $20 general and $15 for seniors. Advance tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, and online atstonechurcharts.org.

The workshop costs $45 and registration is available on stonechurcharts.org.

For additional information on this concert or any of the upcoming Stone Church Arts concerts, visit the website atstonechurcharts.org or call 802-460-0110.


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