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Musical duo creates innovative niche

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Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire, will perform Wednesday at the First Congregational Church in Prescott.

Mark Sims/Courtesy photo<br> Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire, will perform Wednesday at the First Congregational Church in Prescott.

Acoustic Eidolon, a musical duo whose talent and love of music brought them together first as friends and business partners and then in marriage, bring a special blend of melodies to Prescott for a concert Wednesday evening.

One of the team is Joe Scott, a self-taught instrumentalist who has mastered a double-neck guitjo, a banjo-guitar combination that he designed himself. He can play both necks simultaneously using his own technique. The other is his wife, Hannah Alkire, who plays cello.

Both musicians first took up their instruments early in life, Scott when he was 12 and Alkire when she was 8.

Together they are Acoustic Eidolon. Scott and Alkire first met in the late 1990s and have been married 11 years. When they thought about a name for their musical act, they "just found eidolon in the dictionary," Scott said. "We were looking for an unusual, international word." "Eidolon" conjures up an idea or visual image, he said, so the name portrays the image they want to project as performers.

Besides that, "We like the sound of the word," Scott said.

Acoustic Eidolon tours internationally and around the United States, putting on 110 to 120 concerts a year.

Scott and Alkire's music can be described as multi-genre, ranging from Celtic, Flamenco, Latin and Folk to world music. "We've been dubbed 'world music for the soul,'" Scott said.

The focus of Wednesday's concert will be instrumentals, with a "few vocals sprinkled in." And, "All songs have stories. We will tell the stories," he added.

Of his career, Scott said, "To travel around the world to share life personally and professionally is something special. Doing it together is definitely our passion."

The Folk Sessions concert begins at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St., Prescott. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youths 12 and under. Tickets are available at www.folksessions.com. For information, call Tom Agostino at 778-1213.