Monday, November 06, 2006

Four Shillings Short

This is Christy Martin of Four Shillings Short who is American born. She and her husband, Aodh Og O Tuama who is Irish, play a diverse combination of Celtic, blues, East Indian, Medival and American folk music. I bought one of their albums, its wonderful.

When I walked into the tent where they were playing, I was wondering what the lovely Irish instrument was that sounded so much like a sitar. As it turns out it was a sitar, which she was playing in this case to accompany a traditional Irish folk song. On their albums, she also plays Indian ragas. She studied sitar with Ravi Shankar and also plays mandolin, dulcimer, mandola, bodhran, banjo and guitar.


Blogger Gail's Man said...

An interesting combination east & west. I wonder what they sound like?

1:15 PM  
Blogger Denton said...

Great photo. It is very eye catching. I like all the different sytles of music you mention however it is hard for me to imagine the combination of Celtic and East Indian.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

It is hard to imagine but it really does work. On laments, the shimmery poignancy of the sittar sound seems to fit. Music sometimes is universal. Maybe we should be making more music and less war. Four Shillings Short's website has downloadable music I think.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Shankar assistant said...

This lady did not ever learn from Ravi Shankar.

11:27 PM  

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