Versatile Women Musicians To Play at St. Mark’s Nov. 19


Two women musicians playing 10 instruments will perform at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 19.  Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon, will play a wide variety of ethnic folk music, from Irish jigs to down-home American reels, to gypsy melodies to Balkan dance tunes.

The 3 pm concert by the duo, called “Simple Gifts.”is free and open the public.

The award winning band performs on an array of instruments, including two violins, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, recorders, banjo and guitar plus some unusual instruments like the bowed psaltery, baritone fiddle, shruti box, banjolin, guitar and doumbeck.

Throughout their performances they put their own distinctive style on traditional tunes, blending styles from diverse cultures with their American roots. Simple Gifts has recorded six albums.

Littleton and Hirshon have performed as Simple Gifts since 1995. Founded in 1989 by Littleton, the duo has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic, including appearances at the  Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Longwood Gardens. National Theater, Hershey Theater, Philadelphia Museum of Art and dozens of colleges and universities.

According to the Celtic Classic Festival in Bethlehem. PA., “few musicians can match the warmly personal stage presence Simple Gifts possesses.”

A love offering will be taken to help cover costs. The St. Mark’s series is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

For more information, please call Jack Batty at 410-770-3867.

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