We know what you’re probably thinking…
“Not another educational-family-folk-classical music duo/trio where the performers play oboe, steel-string guitar, Celtic harp, autoharp, ukulele, mandolin, electric bass, bodhran, djembe, banjo, English horn, tin whistle and bagpipes, plus stepdance, dramatize original stories set to music, and do a whole bunch of humourous songs as well as lots of music.”
Well, if that’s the case, you’d be wrong, because honestly, this group is different! Versatile musicians whose goal is to bring Celtic-rooted music, song, dance, drama, stories and culture to audiences of all ages, the Rathskallions have a special focus on working with schools and within communities, and have earned kudos for their concerts, workshops and collaborations.
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It’s not that far from the oboe to the tin whistle. Or from the oboe to the bagpipes, for that matter. Wendy Moore, founding member of The Celtic Rathskallions, who played the oboe in a symphony orchestra for 10 years, demonstrates the principle behind the bagpipes for thousands of schoolchildren each year. Her materials? A party horn and a balloon. This gets plenty of laughs from the kids, but it also reinforces Moore’s lesson: you need wind and a double reed to get a sound out of either. Then there’s the bit she does with her husband and sideman Arthur Mcgregor involving the undershorts he has stashed in the innards of her harp. It goes with her tidbits about the history of the Celtic harp: The resonating chamber of a harp was a convenient place for musicians to stow their stuff while travelling.
A fun day of four 40 minute performances of my Maddie Show for elementary students at Lyford Cay International School in Nassau. Performing outside in February is certainly a real treat!
Some sight seeing is one of the wonderful side perks of performance touring. A day on the grounds of Atlantis was quite an experience!