Guitarist, fiddler weave Celtic tunes at Hassayampa
Gerry O'Beirne and Rosie Shipley, a Celtic music duo who reviewers call an "unstoppable and potently creative force," bring the power of their music to Prescott for a concert Friday.
They take the stage at 7 p.m. at the Hassayampa Inn.
O'Beirne comes by his Celtic music bent naturally. He hails from Ireland's music-rich west coast, and he spent growing-up years in Ghana in West Africa. As a performer, he has gained recognition as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose fingers move across six- and 12-string guitars, the tiple and ukulele. His own compositions "blend the passion found in traditional music with the freshness of contemporary song," he says. His recent album releases include "Half Moon Bay" and "The Bog Bodies and Other Stories: Music for Guitar."
O'Beirne is currently working on an album with Shipley, who has been playing the fiddle since she was 3 years old. She learned her first Irish tunes when she was just 8 years old when she studied under master fiddler Brendan Mulvihill in Baltimore, Md. As a teenager, Shipley attended the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, where she became well versed in Cape Breton-style fiddling.
Together, O'Beirne and Shipley perform traditional music from Ireland and North America, along with O'Beirne's original compositions.
Advance tickets are $15 and are available at Celtic Crossings Pub at Prescott Gateway Mall. Tickets at the door are $18 and $5 less for students. For more information about the concert, call David McNabb, director of the Prescott Celtic Concert series, sponsor of the event, at 771-1218.