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Four Shillings Short duo returns to Curry

Four Shillings Short will perform 30 instruments during Curry County concerts.

Four Shillings Short has returned to Curry County to perform a concert in Langlois and will be performing three more concerts in Gold Beach and Brookings-Harbor.

The duo, which performs on a collection of 30 instruments and shares information about them, will play in Gold Beach at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at the Curry Public Library, 94341 Third St.; in Brookings at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St.; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center.

All library concerts are free. Admission to the Harbor performance is a suggested donation of $5. The Thursday show is sponsored by Brookings Harbor Community Theater and Stagelights Musical Arts Community.

The husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama, from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin, from California, have been performing together for 19 years. They perform traditional and original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on an array of instruments including hammered and mountain dulcimer, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, tinwhistles, recorders, Medieval and Renaissance woodwinds, North Indian sitar, charango, bowed psaltery, banjo, bodhran, guitar, percussion, vocals and even a krumhorn. 

They are independent folk-artists who perform 150 concerts a year in the U.S. and Ireland, have released 11 recordings and live as full-time troubadours. 

O’Tuama grew up in a family of poets, musicians and writers. He received his degree in music from University College Cork, Ireland, and received a fellowship from Stanford University in California in Medieval and Renaissance performance.

Martin grew up in a family of musicians and dancers. Since the age of 15, she studied North Indian Sitar for 10 years. She began playing the hammered dulcimer in her 20s and has studied with Maggie Sansone, Dan Duggan, Cliff Moses, Robin Petrie, Tony Elman and Glen Morgan. 


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