Concert Celebrating the Celtic New Year

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Date(s) - Sunday October 26, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Contact: Cat | Sierra County Arts Council


Join Christy Martin & Aodh Og of “Four Shillings Short” for A Samhain Concert – Music from “Four Shillings Short” plus stories and poetry to celebrate the Celtic New Year!

“Four Shillings Short” plays a diverse range of music from Ireland and Scotland, Indian ragas, folk ballads, original compositions, Medieval & Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30!) including hammered & mountain dulcimer, mandolin, mandola, nouzouki, tinwhistles, recorders, Medieval and Renaissance woodwinds, North Indian sitar, charango, bowed psaltery, banjo, bodhran, guitar, percussion, vocals and even a krumhorn.

The Celtic Feast of Samhain (pronounced ‘sow-in’) is Irish-Gaelic for ‘the Summer’s end,’ marking the end of harvest, the beginning of Winter, and the Celtic New Year. Traditionally observed at the end of October, Samhain is considered a celebration of life over death, and a time to remember those who have left the world of the living. In the Celtic tradition, candles were lit at the graves of loved ones and bonfires built throughout the countryside. They believe that the borders between the world of the living and the dead are thinner on this night – also known as ‘Ancestor night.’ Halloween is based on this tradition.

“Four Shillings Short takes you on a musical journey through time and across the seas as they perform everything from traditional Irish tunes and airs to Indian Ragas.” (The Foothills Sun-Gazette/ Exeter, CA)

“Their musical virtuosity makes old songs sound new and new songs sound like time-worn Celtic spells.” (City Pages, Wausau WI)

Cost: free