The Celtic duo Four Shillings Short is returning to the Oregon Coast for free concerts in Port Orford and Gold Beach.
The Port Orford concert is at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Port Orford Public Library, 1421 Oregon St. The Gold Beach performance is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Curry Public Library, 94341 Third St.
The husband and wife duo is Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California.
They perform traditional and original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on more than 30 instruments including mammered and mountain dulcimer, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, tinwhistles, recorders, Medieval and Renaissance woodwinds, North Indian sitar, charango, bowed psaltery, banjo, bodhran, guitar, percussion, a Krumhorn and vocals.
The Curry County concerts will focus on Samhain and Four Shillings Short will include poetry, songs, stories and folklore in celebration of the ancient Celtic bonfire festival, also known as Féile na Marbh (the Feast of the Dead).
Samhain is Irish-Gaelic for “the Summer’s end” and is pronounced “sow-in.” It marks the end of harvest, the beginning of winter and the Celtic New Year, according to the duo. It is traditionally celebrated at the end of October and beginning of November.
It is considered a celebration of life over death, and a time to remember those who have left the world of the living. Halloween is based on the Feast of Samhain, according to the couple.
Touring in the U.S. and Ireland since 1997, Four Shillings Short are independent folk-artists who perform 150 concerts a year, have released 12 recordings and live as full-time troubadours traveling from town to town performing at music festivals, theaters, performing arts centers, folk societies, libraries, house concerts and schools.
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 in Medieval and Renaissance performance from Stanford University in California.
Martin grew up in a family of musicians and dancers. From the age of 15, she studied North Indian Sitar for 10 years, five of them 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.