Originally Published: January 22, 2011 9:41 p.m.
Four Shillings Short comes to town Sunday, Jan. 30, packing more instruments than the husband-wife duo can count for a performance of music that blends jazz, Celtic, American and East Indian traditional music.
"Going out on a musical limb is common for Four Shillings Short," say Aodh (a Gaelic name pronounced "ayog") "g " Tuama and Christy Martin, whose ever-increasing array of musical instruments includes a hammered dulcimer, mandola and mandolin, tin whistle and woodwinds, a sitar from India, banjo, percussion, vocals and a renaissance crumhorn.
Reviewers have described their sound as "wondrously diverse," "truly refreshing" and "alternative neo-Celtic folk of the first order."
A native of Cork, Ireland, Aodh "g studied medieval and renaissance music in college and won a music fellowship to study at Stanford University in 1984. He played in a group called the Drivelling Druids before forming Four Shillings Short in the mid-1980s. His repertoire includes vocals, tin whistles, doumbek, spoons, gemshorn, bowed psaltery, recorders, crumhorn and more.
Christy describes herself as multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, who played sitar from the time she was 16. She took up folk music in the 1980s and has been playing hammered dulcimer since the early 1990s.
Four Shillings Short will be performing a house concert at 6 p.m. at 2835 Frisco Peaks Drive in Prescott. Those who want to meet the couple are welcome for a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15. For reservations, call 711-1218. The concert is part of the Prescott Celtic Concert Series.