Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen in Concert

What: Cornell Folk Song Society Concert
When: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Where: 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY
How Much: $17/$15 (door/advance) / $12/10 students / $3 off: members, seniors, teens / $free: kids

Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen

Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen are accomplished singers, composers, and formidable multi-instrumentalists (guitar, flute, tin whistle, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, melodeon, and concertina) with remarkable solo careers. As a duo, they're beautifully matched on songs and tunes that span traditional Irish, Scandinavian, Renaissance, Appalachian, and contemporary music.

Cindy Kallet's understated skill, intelligence, passion, and droll humor inform the songs that have evolved from her New England life as shanty-singer, clam-shucker, naturalist, parent, and perceptive world-watcher. She is both a realist and dreamer and a gentle protester and comic. Her mesmerizing alto, like the voice of her friend and collaborator Gordon Bok, has a sea-washed honesty. Her music is deep and intricate, clear and soulful. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe calls her, "One of folk music's most respected songwriters...provocative, heartwise, and original...and a brilliant guitarist."

Grey Larsen, flute and tin whistle, has been dazzling listeners since his years with Malcolm Dalglish, Pete Sutherland, and Martin Simpson in the group Metamora. Oberlin-trained, he plays with authenticity and beauty rather than pretention. He has revived the earlier, wilder Irish style of "crooked tunes" with extra beats. Fiddle virtuoso Seamus Connolly of Ireland says it is, "Refreshing to hear a true understanding of the soul of traditional Irish music in the playing of an American-born musician."

For those who make music, Kallet has a songbook and Larsen has written the acclaimed Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle, dubbed by the Chieftains' Matt Molloy as required reading, "...for anybody interested in getting it right."

Tickets are available at Ludgate Farm Market, Ithaca Guitar Works, Greenstar Co-op, Small World Music, Bound for Glory, and at the door. You may also order tickets online and by mail: SASE to CFSC, PO Box 481, Ithaca, NY 14851.

(Margaret B. Shepard)

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