A Celebration of Irish Culture through Music, Stories and Poetry

Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2013, 8:53 am
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Press release submitted by Four Shillings Short

FRIDAY: MARCH 15, 2013
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
"A Celebration of Irish Culture through Music, Stories and Poetry"
129 N. Main St.
Davenport, IA 52801
(563) 326-1333
$5.00 cover All ages
Doors open 7 p.m.
The Celtic/Folk/World music duo Four Shillings Short are coming to town to celebrate all things IRISH. "The delightfully surprising collection of songs and sounds this husband/wife act bring musical diversity, captivating storytelling and humorous side notes to create an amazing show." (Labyrinth Café/Fort Lauderdale, FL/Jan 2013) Having toured full-time since 1998, Native Irishman Aodh Og O'Tuama and Californian Christy Martin, play Traditional music from Ireland and Scotland, Indian Ragas, Original Songs & Folk Ballads, Medieval & Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered Dulcimer, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn.
Celebrating their 18th year together, the husband/wife duo tour in the US and Ireland, are independent folk-artists with 10 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year and live as full time Troubadours traveling from town to town performing at Music festivals, theatres & performing arts centers, folk societies, libraries, house concerts and schools.

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. He plays Tinwhistles, Medieval & Renaissance woodwinds, Recorders, Doumbek (from Morocco), bowed Psaltery, Spoons and sings both in English, Gaelic & French.

Christy Martin grew up in a family of musicians and dancers. From the age of 15, she studied North Indian Sitar for 10 years, 5 of them with a student of master Sitarist Ravi Shankar. She began playing the Hammered Dulcimer in her 20's and has studied with Maggie Sansone, Dan Duggan, Cliff Moses, Robin Petrie, Tony Elman and Glen Morgan. In addition she plays Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Banjo, Guitar, Bodhran (Irish frame drum), Charango, bowed Psaltery and sings in English, Irish, Spanish and Sanskrit.

"Four Shillings Short, celto-indo fusion duo, is a world class act." (KMFB – Late night Liz, Fort Bragg, CA)

"Stunning performance last night. What a delightful couple. Would definitely go to see them again. Folk music at its best. Well sung, well played & I lost count of how many instruments. One of the most inspiring performances I have ever witnessed." (Alan Grainger – Berea KY 2011)

"The Celtic/Folk/World music duo performs on a bevy of unusual instruments and in myriad styles. This is a great show for kids of all ages, who'll be amazed by the duo's thematic range." (Glen Starkey – New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA 2010)

"They are not the Clancy Brothers or Jean Richie or Ravi Shankar but a combination of all three, laced with Irish humor. Their collection of instruments is museum-like and I've never seen the place so packed." (San Gregorio General Store, CA)

"These are two of the best musicians that I've seen come through. They are authentic, traditional and spontaneous." (Suburban Exchange, Houghton MI)

"A husband-and-wife duo of mystical musical abilities. Their sound is haunting, crystalline beauty." (Monterey County Weekly, Monterey, CA)

"Four Shillings Short are the ultimate in entertainment. The variety of musical instrumentation really keeps me interested. Equal amounts of male and female energy keep the emotional content well-balanced. Song lyrics don't get hidden underneath too much accompaniment. Harmonies are sweet; instrumental solos spirited. And best of all, their demeanor belies a commitment to the ideal of rising up singing." (Chicory House Concerts Forty Fort, PA)

Their musical virtuosity makes old songs sound new and new songs sound like time-worn Celtic spells. (CITY PAGES, Wausau WI)

Four Shillings Short takes you on a musical journey through time and across the seas as they perform everything from traditional Irish tunes and airs to Indian Ragas. Throughout the performance they play a mix of world music that both have pulled from their rich and diverse backgrounds, but always keep a Celtic bent to their sound." (The Foothills Sun-Gazette/ Exeter, CA)

"Sunday nights' concert featured a husband and wife duo called Four Shillings Short. They are astounding. They both have wonderful singing voices. They play an incredible variety of music from Indian Ragas to Celtic, Traditional folk and about anything else you can think of. They are very charismatic with great stage presence." (Columbus Folk Music Society,OH)

"The international duo have carved out a musical identity all their own."(River Stages, Dubuque IA)
"Within moments of hearing the hammered dulcimer and the flute, I was transported through time and space to a green, green meadow and felt the warm Irish sun on my face and smelled the salt air of the Atlantic coast. The rest of the tour was no less evocative. Thank you Aodh Og and Christy for your moving artistry and for letting us share the path with you and such a beautiful and all too brief May evening." (Jan Hardison, Youngstown NY/May 2012)Thank you Claudia for scheduling this concert. Thank you Aodh and Christy for your moving artistry and for letting us share the path with you on such a beautiful and all too brief May evening. no less evocative. Thank you Claudia for scheduling this concert. Thank you Aodh and Christy for your moving artistry and for letting us share the path with you on such a beautiful and all too brief May evening. no less evocative. Thank you Claudia for scheduling this concert. Thank you Aodh and Christy for your moving artistry and for letting us share the path with you on such a beautiful and all too brief May evening.


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