BANGOR — Free family concerts, “Around the World in 30 Instruments,” will be offered in Bangor, Blue Hill, Castine and Ellsworth. The concerts, presented by 21st century bards Four Shillings Short, who perform Celtic, folk and world music, are scheduled for:
• Ellsworth, Ellsworth Public Library, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20; 667-6363.
• Blue Hill, Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21; 374-5515.
• Bangor, Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St., presented by Maine Discovery Museum and WERU Radio, children’s concert, 10-11 a.m.; family concert, 1-2 p.m. Thursday, July 21; 262-7200.
• Castine, Unitarian Parish Hall, 41 School St., 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Sponsored by Friends of Witherle Memorial Library.
Celebrating their 16th year together, the husband-wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California, tour the United States and Ireland and live as the troubadours of old, traveling from town to town performing at Celtic and folk festivals, theaters and performing arts centers, coffeehouses, folk societies, libraries and schools and staying with friends or camping along the way.
The Celtic-folk-world music duo plays traditional and original music from Ireland and Scotland, Indian Ragas, folk ballads, old-time songs, medieval and Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers.
In 2010 they released their eighth CD, “Pass It On — Live in Boulder, Colorado,” an album that captures the beauty and depth of their music with the energy and presence of a live performance.
In March 2011 Four Shillings Short released their latest CD, “Music for the Mass in Irish,” an album of choral music composed by four contemporary Irish composers for the Catholic Mass, sung in Gaelic by a 30-voice choir with pipe organ, harp, fiddle, tin whistle and hammered dulcimer accompaniment.
The prolific duo is working on a full studio album with cello, Uilleann and Galician pipes, fiddle, guitar and bass accompaniment and three-part harmonies. This album due to be released this summer.
Columbus Folk Music Society in Ohio had this to say about Four Shillings Short: “Sunday nights’ concert featured a husband and wife duo called Four Shillings Short. They are astounding. They both have wonderful singing voices. They play an incredible variety of music from Indian Ragas to Celtic, Traditional folk and about anything else you can think of. They are very charismatic with great stage presence.”