Around the world in 30 instruments

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By Tracy Harris

Two concerts gave Oldham residents a chance to travel around the world last week — not in 80 days, but in 30 instruments.

Traveling duo Four Shillings Short performed March 22 at Hewn From The Mountain Music Cafe in Crestwood.

Aodh Og O Tuama, from Ireland, and Californian Christy Martin formed the group in 1997. 

The husband-and-wife team sold their belongings in 1998, Tuama said, and started touring the country in a van, playing traditional, original and contemporary music.

They released their tenth album this year.

Tom McShane, owner of Hewn From The Mountain, invited home-schooled students and their parents to a daytime show. 

About a dozen students attended and learned about the history and origin of different instruments. 

Four Shillings Short performed a second concert to a standing-room only audience that evening.

Hewn From The Mountain opened last fall and specializes in folk and acoustic instruments. McShane has been handcrafting harps, dulcimers and other instruments since 1985 and continues to do so at a workshop in the Crestwood store.