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Crasdant Celts delivers Welsh music and wit

A night of Welsh music and humor is in store for guests at the Yavapai College Performance Hall when the talented musicians of Crasdant perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1.

Crasdant concerts are an exciting opportunity to explore the music, dance and humor of one of the lesser-known Celtic cultures.

Crasdant performers include Stephen Rees (fiddle, pibgorn, accordion), who was born in Wales, has a degree from Selwyn College, Cambridge, and teaches music at the Music University of Wales in Bangor.

Rees was a member of Ar Log, possibly the best known of all of the Welsh folk groups.

Andy McLauchlin (flute, pibgorn, whistle) was born in St. Albans.

A trip to Snowdonia at age 14 started his fascination with Welsh culture and music. He learned to speak Welsh and went to Bangor University, where he studied biochemistry and spent his free time learning Welsh folk dances.

After hearing Welsh musician and instrument-maker Jonathan Shorland perform, he took up the "simple-system" flute and the pibgorn. This type of flute, made of wood with several keys, is a remnant of the last century and is often seen in Irish bands.

Robin Huw Bowen is recognized internationally as the leading exponent of the Welsh national instrument, the triple harp, which has three sets of strings.

He is noted for his research and publication of traditional dance music of Wales, as well as his research and recording of the music of the Welsh Gypsies.

Crasdant is presenting two full days of residency in Prescott as part of the City of Prescott/Acker Trust/Yavapai College Artists in Residence program. For more information about the residency, call 776-2034.

They are also presenting two daytime programs for area school children and other special groups.

A High Tea, with food and music, will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Yavapai College Performance Hall Lobby. The cost is $20, by calling 776-2033.

Tickets for the evening concert are $16 general admission and $14 for students, and are available in the art gallery of the Yavapai College Performance Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or at the door. To order tickets by phone call 776-2033.

This show is co-sponsored by: KNOT 1450 AM, City of Prescott/Acker Trust, PACE (Performing Arts Charitable Endowment), the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arizona Commission of the Arts.

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