You never know, when you meet people, who they are in private. Our friends Mary and Cliff are bringers of music in addition to their other talents and gifts. A few weeks ago they invited 60 friends to hear Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts perform at an inaugural house concert, christening the room Mary and Cliff built just for this purpose.
Karen and Paul played a program of traditional Celtic, Belgian, and French music on hammered dulcimer, flute and harp guitar. Accomplished musicians from the Washington DC area, they were in Texas briefly to teach at a music camp in Kerrville. Individually and together they've played at the White House, the Smithsonian and The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
I know why they're in demand. The audience was taken as melody and harmony swirled around the room, setting heads to nodding and toes to tapping, joyful and mournful and lively and quiet. Real music flowing like an incoming tide from the passion of real people.
You can pretend you were with us and enjoy this sample from their performance at Harp Guitar Gathering 5: