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February Gathering: Rakish – Tunes and Songs from Irish and American Folk Traditions
February 10 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM$15
Saturday, February 10 – 7:30 pm GREAT AUNT STELLA CENTER 926 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204
Rakish explores tunes and songs from Irish and American folk traditions in a way that reflects their shared interest in and love for
old traditional tunes and chamber music.
Food truck No Forks Given 5:30 pm. Pre-concert jams and song circle 6-7pm.
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Violinist Maura Shawn Scanlin and guitarist Conor Hearn unite to form “Rakish.” The pair gets their namesake from the traditional Irish tune Rakish Paddy, an origin that aptly suits the duo and their shared background in traditional Irish and Scottish music. Yet “rakish” itself also suggests something strikingly unconventional in its appearance, and Maura and Conor knowingly embrace this wealth of connotation in their music, drawing on the music they grew up with and performing it with their own slant. In a performance that toes the line between concert music and session music, Rakish explores tunes and songs from Irish and American folk traditions in a way that reflects their shared interest in and love for old traditional tunes and chamber music. Maura Shawn, a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and a winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Competition, wields the technical range of a classical violinist and the deep sensitivity of a traditional musician. Conor, a native to the Irish music communities of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, makes his home in Boston, MA playing and teaching guitar. As a duo they have performed at venues and festivals across North America, and can be found teaching at fiddle camps across the country.