The Portland Céilí Society Presents:
In Two Minds
Thursday, April 10th, 7:30pm
Hiway 101, Yachats Commons
The hallmark of a decade-old friendship bridging a generation or two, ‘In Two Minds’ is a collaboration that captures the magic of Irish traditional singing in the “raw bar.” Len Graham is one of Ireland’s best-known singers, having gained an international reputation not only for his inimitable singing style but also for the breadth of his knowledge of Irish folk music.
Brían Ó hAirt, an American-born singer, continues to gather repute for his ability to share the collective mind of an older generation of singers, having gained intimate insight into Ireland’s singing traditions in his youth. Both gentlemen’s personal singing styles, however, come from very disparate regions—Graham’s ballads from northeastern Ulster and Ó hAirt’s lyrical sean-nós from the Irish-speaking regions of the West—yet, through many seasons of collaboration, the two have distilled the best of these traditions into a performance that weaves stories, songs, tunes and dance into “the one tradition.”
Unique from many performances, most of the songs they present are sung in unison. It is not a tradition that lends itself to the uninhibited humoring of a song, as mutual trust and attention are needed to integrate two voices into one, especially the distinct vocal timbres of Graham and Ó hAirt, and such is the case with their touring collaboration ‘In Two Minds.’ Come join them for an enchanting evening not often experienced in the United States at an intimate concert at the Yachats Commons.
Here are some living room settings to watch them in action…