Green beer and green clothes are standards of St. Patrick’s Day.
But one aspect of Irish culture that often is overlooked, its music, will find an outlet Thursday at the Southall-Moore Annex of the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence
Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse will perform both Irish and Scottish music at their pre-St. Patrick’s Day concert, helping people get into the St. Patrick’s Day mood.
“It’s the root from where most of today’s music comes from,” Muse said. “The Irish and Scottish immigrated to this country, bringing their music with them.”
Muse, who lives in the Shoals, mentioned a song in the U.S. called “Devil’s Dream,” which is called “Deal Amongst the Tailors” in Scotland. “The tunes have changed or evolved into the American culture,” Muse said. “But the roots are still there.”
Chambless, who lives in Tuscaloosa, said the concert also will feature some contemporary Celtic music. How and when a song was written differentiates it from being contemporary or traditional.
“A lot of these songs have been around so long and have been passed around so much that people kind of forget who actually wrote the song or people don’t even know who wrote the song,” Chambless said. “That’s what we call traditional ones, ones that are very old.”
Chambless said the contemporary ones are the songs written more recently, with some of the songwriters even being still alive.
People attending the show should expect a variety of different moods and tempos, she added.
“It’s a nice variety of mostly singing, some instrumental pieces, but mostly singing,” Chambless said. “But also a nice variety of slow songs and fast songs.”
“Mostly sad, but I have a happy song I can throw in there,” she added with a laugh.
Of Chambless, Muse had high praise.
“She’s one of the finest singers and flute players on the Celtic circuit,” Muse said. “I’m fortunate she’s able to come up and be a part of this.”
Muse and Chambless have been playing together in bands and as a duo for years, even releasing a CD together.
“Some of the songs we only do with the band because they’re just better with a band,” Chambless said. “But a lot of them we only do when it’s just the two of us.”
Muse said seating is limited in the Southall-Moore Annex is limited to about 90 patrons.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 and available in advance at the arts center.
Bobby Bozeman can be reached at 256-740-5722 or bobby.bozeman@TimesDaily.com.
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