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The Insiders: Get funky with some folk music and clog dancing

  • Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly (Courtesy photo)

    Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly (Courtesy photo)

  • Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly (Courtesy photo)

We have fond memories of our childhood music lessons, learning to play the Appalachian mountain dulcimer and the tin whistle. Of course, those were the days when such instruments were taught regularly in grade school. Weren’t they? How else can you explain the lovely sounds created by internationally acclaimed duo Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly? We always thought their blend of American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance numbers was so good simply because they practiced more than we did.

If you want to hear for yourself, head to the Concord City Auditorium tonight for the latest Walker Lecture Series presentation featuring Atwater and Donnelly. The pair can play almost anything, including guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, something called limberjacks, and the dulcimer and tin whistle. Press materials also promise a “thrilling interpretation of freestyle Appalachian clog dancing.” While those are all words we’ve heard before, they’ve never been arranged in quite that way. But man, it sounds like those Appalachians have all the fun.

The show is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. General seating is first-come, first-seated, with doors opening 30 minutes before showtime. For more information, visit walkerlecture.org.

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If you’d prefer music created by much tinier people, perhaps you could swing by the Concord Community Music School for a student recital featuring the work of 12 young artists tonight at 7. For information, call 228-1196 or visit ccmusicschool.org.

(Email the Insiders at
theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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