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Port Righ at Spring Creek United Church of Christ May 8

May 5, 2010

From press release

Charlotte’s Web presents a concert event featuring Celtic harp, bagpipes and English concertina with Jo and Wayne Morrison, the distinctive duo Port Righ, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 8, at Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford.

This duo specializes in Scottish music, having spent much time in Scotland absorbing the sights, sounds and nuances of the culture, which gives them authenticity. While ranging from lively marches and dance tunes to wistful airs from Scotland, Port Righ broadens their repertoire with traditional Irish music, vocal pieces and their own original works.

Port Righ is the Gaelic name for the town of Portree on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. It is usually translated as “king’s port” but may also be translated as “king’s music” or “king’s song.” Since the Celtic harp and bagpipes were both historically used to entertain kings, the name seems fitting for this unusual group. Jo Morrison is nationally known for her evocative interpretation of Scottish and Irish music on the harp. Chuck Lipsig from Green Man Review’s Best of 2000 listings states, “Jo gets more out of the harp than should be possible.”

In addition to playing the Highland bagpipe, Wayne Morrison also performs on the shuttle pipes, the Highland pipes’ quieter cousin. He brings the sound of the mellow English concertina to the duo’s instrumentation as well. Their commitment to a traditional style gives them a sound comfortable both in today’s modern society and also fitting for Renaissance festivals, historic sites and other recreational events. Port Righ released their first recording in 2007: “Na Bi Gorach—Don’t Be Foolish.”

When not performing, Wayne and Jo share their knowledge and love of the music with others as instructors of Common Ground on the Hill, a traditional music and arts center in Westminster, Md. They believe strongly in the Common Ground conviction that we can come to a greater understanding of other cultures through the sharing of music and arts. What a spectacular concert for celebrating Mother’s Day!

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both of The Postal Shoppe locations, in the Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1414 N. Main, (815) 962-5458; and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. Tickets for this show are also available at Spring Creek UCC, 4500 Spring Creek Road, (815) 877-2576. Tickets can also be ordered with credit card via PayPal ($1 /ticket service charge), at www.charlotteswebofrockford.org. Print your receipt and present it at the door to redeem your tickets.

For more information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit www.charlotteswebofrockford.org.

From the May 5-11, 2010 issue

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