Aodh Og O’Tuama
grew up in a family of poets, musicians and writers.
He received his degree in Music from University College Cork,
Ireland and received a Fellowship from Stanford University in
California in Medieval and Renaissance performance.
He plays Tinwhistles, Medieval & Renaissance woodwinds,
Recorders, Doumbek (from Morocco), bowed Psaltery,
Spoons and sings both in English, Gaelic & French.
Christy Martin grew up in a family of musicians and dancers. From the age of 15, she studied North Indian Sitar for 10 years, studying with Tony Karasek (a student of master Sitarist Ravi Shankar) and Rahul Sariputra (a student of Allaudin Khan). She also plays Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Banjo, Guitar, Bodhran (Irish frame drum), Charango, bowed Psaltery, Ukulele and sings in English, Irish and Sanskrit.
• “The finest Music transports, teaches,
entertains and conveys the Magic around us....Four Shillings Short has it all.”
Mary Lou Philbin-Clarke/Ossian USA, Concord, NH 2019)
• “Four Shillings Short are indescribable in how they infuse their audiences with a delightful blend of music, culture and storytelling. The afterglow from one of their shows will last days.” (The Culture Buzz, Des Moines, IA 2019)
• “Four Shillings Short has evolved! This was by far the very best FSS concert I have seen over the years — a two-hour concert of humorous story-telling, poetry reading, explanations on the various musical instruments in their repertoire and, of course, the music itself. Before us stood a troubadour (Aodg Og) and his trobairitz (Christy); two dedicated artists entertaining us with the wonderful music and story-telling they have developed over these past 21 years. It was transcendent.” (Carl-Michal Krawczyk – Green Valley, AZ 2017)
“Yours was truly one of the best shows I've been to on any level, and it's pretty broad: Michael Jackson, Celtic Women, James Taylor, John Denver & Four Shillings Short!!! I enjoyed not only the musical talent, but the education regarding instruments, origin, storytelling, and mix of genuine passion, love & humor. In that regard you beat out all the others.”(Louisville, KY 2012)
“Four Shillings Short are the ultimate in coffeehouse entertainment. The variety of musical instrumentation really keeps me interested. Equal amounts of male and female energy keep the emotional content well-balanced. Song lyrics don't get hidden underneath too much accompaniment. Harmonies are sweet; instrumental solos spirited. And best of all, their demeanor belies a commitment to the ideal of rising up singing.” (Chicory House Concerts Forty Fort, PA 2008)
“Four Shillings Short, celto-indo fusion duo, is a world class act.” (KMFB – Late night Liz, Fort Bragg, CA 2012)
“A husband-and-wife duo of mystical musical abilities. Their sound is haunting, crystalline beauty.” (Monterey County Weekly, Monterey, CA 2010)
Due to a cancellation of a solo show in our South Gallery,
members of the Jemez Fine Art Gallery are scheduling an exhibit
to honor our bird friends in the canyon from October 15 through October 28.
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