Music in the Library series begins fourth season

Four Shillings Short starts it off with ‘Around the World in 30 Instruments’
By Brian Soergel | Oct 17, 2018
Courtesy of: ECA Four Shillings Short performs its world music Oct. 18 at the Edmonds Library.

The Edmonds Library kicks off its third annual Music at the Library series 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, with a performance by the Celtic and world music duo Four Shillings Short.

The program is titled “Around the World in 30 Instruments.”

“This is our first time in Edmonds, and we're really excited to be coming your way,” said Christy Martin, who along with Aodh Og forms the duo. “We have played in the Seattle are over the past 20 years but never in Edmonds.”

“Around the World in 30 Instruments” is a multicultural educational concert presenting traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, England, medieval and renaissance Europe, the Americas and India.

Among the instruments are hammered and mountain dulcimer, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, medieval and renaissance woodwinds, recorders, tin whistles, banjo, North Indian sitar, medieval psaltery, the Andean charango, Irish bodhran, African and Irish Drums, spoons and vocals.

“During the program we introduce each instrument, talk about its history, introduce musical concepts and follow with a demonstration in the form of a song or an instrumental piece,” Martin said.

“Our main objective is to create an opportunity to expand people’s understanding of music through direct experience of traditional folk and world music.”

Other shows in the series, which all include a question-and-answer period:

  • Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. One River Band, R&B.
  • Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. The Harmonica Pocket, music for all ages.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Naeim Rahmani, classical guitar.
  • Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. PoetryMusic, chamber-jazz duo singing poetry.

Music in the Library is also sponsored by the Edmonds Arts Commission and the Friends of Edmonds Library.

All music programs are one hour and are held in the library plaza room, 650 Main St. Admission is free. Information: 425-771-1933,


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