Four Shillings Short performs in Curry

By The Curry Coastal Pilot August 02, 2013 09:42 pm

The duo Four Shillings Short will bring its mix of Celtic, folk and world music to Curry County in August, with four free, all-ages concerts in Brookings, Harbor, Gold Beach and Langlois.

The married couple —  Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California — are touring in support of their “Around the world in 30 instruments” program that features traditional and original music from Ireland and Scotland, Indian ragas, folk ballads, old-time songs and a variety of medieval and Renaissance instrumentals.

They play a variety of instruments including hammered dulcimer, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, tinwhistles, recorders, medieval and renaissance woodwinds, north Indian sitar, charango, bowed psaltery, banjo, bodhran, guitar and percussion, and even a Krumhorn. They also sing a cappela.

Performances are scheduled for:

•Aug. 8: 2 to 3 p.m. at the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., Brookings.

•Aug. 8: 7 to 9 p.m., at the Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave. 

•Aug. 10: 1 p.m., Curry Public Library, 94341 Third St., Gold Beach.

•Aug. 11: 4 to 6 p.m., Langlois Public Library, 48234 Highway 101.

Four Shillings has toured for nearly two decades, playing across the United States and Europe. They have published 10 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year and spend their lives traveling from town to town performing at music festivals, theaters, libraries and schools.

According to the duo’s press release, Aodh Og 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. 

Christy Martin grew up in a family of musicians and dancers.  From the age of 15, she studied north Indian sitar for 10 years with a student of master Sitarist Ravi Shankar.  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.