CELTIC DUO “MEN OF WORTH” PERFORM AT THE LIVERMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Irish Scottish folk music duo Men of Worth will perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. This event is free for everyone.
Men of Worth’s tunes and songs are so authentic, so closely connected to their heritage, that Scotsman Donnie Macdonald sings some in his native Gaelic, while Irishman James Keigher includes time-polished pieces saved from the oral traditions of his native County Mayo.
"Our music has its history in the crofting life of my Hebridean homeland and James’ western Ireland. It was a part of the fabric of everyday life and it came to America with the immigrants a century ago," explained Macdonald. "Now, we’re playing it again, to audiences for whom it could only be a generational memory."
"Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills and Nash influenced me greatly,” admitted Keigher, who as a teen was already performing his own songs in the Irish pubs where he learned his wit and humor. "But now I have returned to my own musical bloodlines too."
The pair could not escape the emotion and tradition of their homeland song heritage. "We could not grow away from those sounds," said Macdonald, "so we have preserved them as accurately and authentically as we can, in our performances."
Sometimes that music comes from prosaic sources – Keigher wrote one song after overhearing two old ladies gossiping about him in a village market – and sometimes from traditional music passed down the generations. Several of Macdonald’s songs come from his mother’s own poetry and from Hebridean crofters’ airs.
The musicians, who met in California in 1985, each play a handful of instruments, among them mandolin, guitar, mandocello, banjo, concertina and bodhran (a handheld drum). They have played concerts across the US, from Alaska to Texas. They also take guided tours to their own musical roots: leading folk fans to the western isles of Scotland and to Ireland’s heartland to hear the real music of the isles. For more information about this duo, visit www.menofworth.com.
The Friends of the Livermore Library have generously underwritten this program as part of the Friends Authors and Arts Series. For additional events, check the online Events Calendar.