The duo of Louise Mulcahy and Oisín MacDiarmada on stage at the Katharine Cornell Theatre last Sunday. Photos by Tara Kenny
The storm came between Irish music fans and a Saturday night concert when rough seas stranded the two musicians in Falmouth last weekend. Postponed to Sunday night, the concert by Oisín MacDiarmada and Louise Mulcahy was worth the wait. An almost full house at the Katharine Cornell Theatre enthusiastically greeted the two musicians who stayed in America another day to play for the Martha's Vineyard audience. On Monday, the duo returned to Ireland but not before wowing the crowd with jigs, reels, and stories.
Louise Mulcahy plays the uilleann pipes with intensity, making music with an intoxicating sound.
Mr. Harcourt greeted just about everyone at the door last Sunday. He was the perfect host. With his young son Mattie Harcourt-Wolverton in his arms, Mr. Harcourt moved comfortably between his roles as father, concert promoter, neighbor, and techie.
Ms. Wolverton, now holding Mattie, introduced the musicians to begin the concert.
Two reels, "I Wish I Never Saw You" paired with "Jimmy McGettrick" were lively, fluid, and cheerful, the perfect antidote for the post-storm blues. Ms. Mulcahy, eyes closed, played the flute, transforming her breath into music that was organic and free. Mr. MacDiarmada's upper body closed into a comfortable c-shape, violin resting loosely on his shoulder, legs together, and one foot tapping out the beat, the other dividing the rhythm.
And on it went; reels and jigs introduced with stories and played with a kind of perfection and a love for the art. KCT will bring a new season of music in 2008. Let them transport you.
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