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Four Shillings Short plays the PCA

Four Shillings Short, comprised of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and his wife Christy Martin from California. (Courtesy)

Four Shillings Short, comprised of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and his wife Christy Martin from California. (Courtesy)

Four Shillings Short, the musical duo the Albequerque Journal said brings “an experimental spirit to traditional music” is coming back to Prescott for a show at Prescott Center for the Arts.

Comprised of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and his wife Christy Martin from California, the two have been performing together as independent folk artists for more than 20 years and consider themselves troubadours. With more than 30 instruments from various world cultures, they have a very diverse sound, said Martin.

“It ranges from folk to Celtic to world,” she said, adding that many people they perform for have never seen or heard their instruments before.

O’Tuama and Martin do shows in larger cities, but they prefer to go to smaller towns and even seek them out, Martin said. It’s so they can play their music for everyone and perform without any economic barriers, she.

The Saturday, Jan. 12, show marks their return to Prescott after a long time and the first time they have headlined Prescott Center for the Arts, Martin said. It begins at 7 p.m. and includes the Fare Thee Wells, made up of Tom and Christa Agostino and Meg Bohrman as the opener.

Martin said she feels blessed to be able to do what she and O’Tuama do and that she becomes more grateful the more they do it. One of the nicest things about it is bringing inspiration to people, she said.

“It’s not a career, it’s like a vocation,” Martin said. “This is my gift.”

Inspiration comes from a lot of different things when it comes to writing music as well, she said. Some are about situations that need to be given a voice and sometimes, songs will wake her up in the middle of the night and she’ll have to write it down, Martin said. One song she wrote is about forgiveness and how the gift of love is free so it should be passed on.

Tickets for the show are $20 for the sides of the theater and $30 for the middle and are available online at www.pca-az.net or at www.folksessions.com.

Four Shillings Short provides an enriching experience with inspiring messages through its diversity of music and is one of the more unique acts out there, Martin said.

For more information about Four Shillings Short, visit www.4shillingsshort.com.

By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.

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