The sounds of flute, fiddle and harp will ring in Prescott Saturday, Feb. 28, as the Celtic band The Outside Track performs at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Winner of the Best Group in the Live Ireland and TIR awards, this stop is part of the band's current tour, which has been the first time The Outside Track has performed in the Southwest.
David McNabb, director of the Irish Cultural Center, said The Other Track is unusual for a Celtic band. "It's a mix of four women and one guy," McNabb said. "But they've got great harmonies of both songs and tunes and both are done really well."
McNabb said the difference between a song and a tune is that a tune is no words, just music.
The Outside Track consists of Ailie Robertson on Harp and Electro Harp; Cillian O'Dalaigh on guitar and vocals; Fiona Black on accordian; Mairi Rankin on fiddle and vocals and performing stepdance; and Aofie Scott on vocals.
McNabb said the band's sound is traditional.
"They're capturing Celtic culture in that music," McNabb said, adding that a lot of people don't know that the Celtic culture was the first culture of multiple areas rather than just Ireland and Scotland. But the culture also includes that of Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (a cultural region in northwest France) and Galicia (a cultural region in Spain).
And though the concert is $22 at the door for adults ($20 in advance) and $10 for students, it is free for attendees younger than 19. McNabb said it's free for them to encourage young people to experience the Celtic culture.
"If they're not going to experience it, then they won't listen to it," McNabb said, adding that the time is now for the next generation of Celtic music listeners. "We need young people to replace the older generation."
Also, for groups of 10 or more, tickets are $15 each.
Trinity Presbyterian Church is at 630 Park Ave. and advance tickets are available in the church office, which is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call McNabb at 928-771-1218.
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