Celtic, folk duo tours U.S. and Ireland playing more than 30 instruments from around the world

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VISALIA – The Celtic/folk/world music duo Four Shillings Short returns to Tulare County in March for two concerts for the whole family.

The husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California will perform from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 at Visalia Branch of the Tulare County Library, 200 W. Oak Ave. in Visalia, Calif. The free family concert is titled “Around the World in 30 Instruments.” For more information, call 559-713-2700 or visit www.tularecountylibrary.org.

On March 3, Four Shillings Short will perform a concert of Celtic, Folk & World music from 7 to 9 p.m. at River Ridge Ranch, 37675 Balch Park Dr. in Springville, Calif. The cuo will accept donations for the concert. For more information call 559-539-0207 or visit www.river-ridge.net.

Four Shillings Short perform traditional and original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a fantastic array of over 30 instruments.

The independent folk-artists have been touring the U.S. and Ireland since 1997. They perform 130 concerts a year, have released 12 recordings and live as full time Troubadours traveling from town to town performing at music festivals, theatres and performing arts centers, folk societies, libraries, house concerts and schools. The two upcoming concerts are their first in Tulare County since 2013.

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 in English, Gaelic, and 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, studying with Tony Karasek (a student of master sitarist Ravi Shankar) and Rahul Sariputra (a student of Allaudin Khan). 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. In addition she plays Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Banjo, Guitar, Bodhran (Irish frame drum), Charango, bowed Psaltery, Ukelele and sings in English, Irish and Sanskrit.

For more information on the duo, visit fourshillingsshort.com.

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