Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays the music and tells the stories behind the songs. The Softer Side of Celtic combines the music, stories and history from Scotland, Ireland and England into a program that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There will be singing, laughing, clapping and even a bit of foot stomping. The concerts are interactive; questions and input from the audience is encouraged and becomes part of the event. We are all familiar with bouncy and upbeat Celtic music but along with the joy there was a lot of pain in those lands as they tired to cope with life. Those stories aren’t often told and they become memorable part of the event.
You might shed a few tears as your listen to the story of John Hunt who came to America in 1855. He settled in Aberdeen Maryland, found a job, got married, had children and spent the rest of his life in Aberdeen. He never returned to Ireland and never saw his family again. When he left Ireland, John Hunt was 13 years old. The sole communication was the annual family letter that told John of the family news. These letters were discovered in the 1970’s and became the foundation for the ballad Kilkelly Ireland.
The typical concert lasts 75-90 minutes and includes music on the Guitar, Bouzouki and Autoharp. This program is free and open to the public.