Men of Worth!

7:00 PM Saturday, February 17, 2018

FROM SCOTLAND’S OUTER ISLANDS AND IRELAND’S WEST, SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST AUTHENTIC MUSICAL HERITAGE IS COMING TO WINNEMUCCA.

The folk duo, Men of Worth, who position themselves firmly at the extreme, traditional end of the Celtic music spectrum, will perform at the Martin Hotel on Saturday, February 17.

Men of Worth’s tunes and songs are so authentic, so closely connected to their heritage, that Scotsman Donnie Macdonald sings some in his native Gaelic; while Irishman James Keigher includes time-polished pieces saved from the oral traditions of his native County Mayo.

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“Our music has its history in the crofting life of my Hebridean homeland and James’ western Ireland. It was a part of the fabric of everyday life and it came to America with the immigrants a century ago”, explained Macdonald. “Now, we’re playing it again, to audiences for whom it could only be a generational memory”.

“For us, the irony is we were brought up in Scotland and Ireland, and as boys we listened most eagerly to the music of America, and not especially to the music of own areas. On our radios, we heard Hank Williams Sr. and Jim Reeves. We wanted to see the Arkansas River, not Loch Lomond, and Reeves’ hometown of Carthage, in east Texas, had more romance for me than did the Isle of Lewis”. “Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills and Nash influenced me greatly”, admitted Keigher, who as a teen was already performing his own songs in the Irish pubs where he learned his wit and humor. “But now I have returned to my own musical bloodlines, too.”

The pair could not escape the emotion and tradition of their homeland song heritage. “We could not grow away from those sounds”, said Macdonald, “so we have preserved them as accurately and authentically as we can, in our performances”. “We entertain people with the real music of our regions; we have an ancient yet fresh musical story to tell”.

Sometimes that music comes from prosaic sources – Keigher wrote one song after overhearing two old ladies gossiping about him in a village market – and sometimes from traditional music passed down the generations. Several of Macdonald’s songs come from his mother’s own poetry and from Hebridean crofters’ airs.

The musicians, who met in California in 1988, each play a handful of instruments, among them mandolin, guitar, concertina and bodhran, a handheld drum. They are both married to Americans and live on the west coast. Keigher lives in Ashland, Oregon and Macdonald lives near Sacramento, California.

They have played concerts across the US, from Alaska to Texas. They also take guided tours to their own musical roots: leading folk fans to the western isles of Scotland and to Ireland’s heartland to hear the real music of the isles in its own home.

If you can’t make that journey, you can hear the music when these talented troubadours bring it to you, February 17.

I Draw Slow

CAPTIVATING AMERICANA FROM THE EMERALD ISLE

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
7:00 PM at the Martin Hotel

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“I Draw Slow are one of the most beguiling and singular acts currently on the circuit.” –  Irish Independent

“Captivating”, “achingly beautiful”, “polished and gutsy”, “spine tingling harmonies” and “heart-melting vocals” are just a few of the terms the press has used to describe the music produced by this great band from Dublin, Ireland.  I Draw Slow performs many self penned songs as well as a full repertoire of traditional tunes from Ireland and Appalachia. They have been on an extensive tour of the U.S. including performing at Merlefest, Rockygrass and the Pickathon music festivals.  We have the good luck to see them here in Winnemucca as they work their way to the Sister’s Folk Festival and for a return to Pickathon.

This Dublin, Ireland, roots band has been garnering praise around the globe since the release of their Top 10 selling album Redhills in 2012. Now their new album, White Wave Chapel, is all the buzz at home and overseas with their unique sound, bringing together Irish tradition with modern Americana while staying rooted in the old-time style of Appalachia. Their impact abroad is redrawing the map for these Irish/Americana songwriters.

The UK press describes, I Draw Slow as “American top league equivalents” destined “to blow the opposition away,” drawing favorable comparisons with Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss. The band has played to audiences in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, performed with the legendary Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and made an appearance at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

Their name, I Draw Slow, is said to be the result of their efforts to find a name that was a complete sentence, and that contains a little story, and a mystery.  “If you are in a duel, and you draw slow, you are the one that is going to die”.

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