By Matt Wickstrom
A rare form of pure Appalachian sound clashes with traditional Celtic music this week on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour at The Lyric Theatre when Asheville, N.C.’s Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Rodrigues take the stage with McPeake on March 5.
Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Rodrigues are buskers who became internationally known after their video for “Angels in Heaven” (watch below) went viral with nearly five million views. Abby is one of very few professional spoon players in the United States and has been a professional street performer for over a decade. She studied American folk percussion, music, and folklore while traveling the United States by foot and rail. Chris is a one-man band and multi-instrumentalist. Together the two create a dynamic duo with very complex rhythms playing originals and reworking classic gospel songs.
In addition to her March 5 performance on WoodSongs, Abby and Chris will return to Lexington for a May 9 show at The Burl.
McPeake builds on the 150-year tradition of this legacy musical family from Belfast, Ireland that influenced Van Morrison, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and others. Figuring prominently in the Emmy Award-winning PBS Special “Music of Ireland,” the band is now taking the world of Celtic music by storm with its own contemporary brand of self-penned songs and compositions. The new generation of this legendary family has developed a distinctive sound that is immersed in the popular culture of today, while maintaining a firm anchor in the influences of past generations.
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