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Folk Duo Four Shillings Short to Perform Free Concerts at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: April 12, 2005

Aodh Og O'Tuama and Christy MartinEAU CLAIRE — Four Shillings Short, a duo from the San Francisco Bay area that performs Celtic and American folk music, will present three free concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire April 21-23. Their shows will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in The Cabin of Davies Center.

Formed in 1985, Four Shillings Short has included many of North California's Irish, folk, jazz and classical musicians. Since 1995, the current partnership of founder Aodh Og O'Tuama and Christy Martin has formed the core of the band. In a single night the pair performs traditional Irish tunes and airs, Indian ragas, folk ballads, old-time songs, medieval and Renaissance instrumentals, a cappella numbers, and contemporary folk and original compositions.

Born in Cork, Ireland, Aodh Og (pronounced ayog) O'Tuama studied Medieval and Renaissance music in college and received a music fellowship to study at Stanford University. He sings and plays tin whistles, doumbek, spoons, gemshorn, and Renaissance woodwinds.

Also a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Christy Martin took up folk music in the 1980s and plays hammered dulcimer, mandolin, sitar and bodhran.

The show is open to all ages. Soda, domestic and imported beer and popcorn will be sold; proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.

The Cabin program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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