Celtic musicians Jennifer Licko and Patsy O’Brien play The Altamont Theatre, July 8



Residing in Brazil, the International singer songwriter, Jennifer Licko, was recently awarded with ‘Celtic Album of the Year’ by Celtic Music Radio for her latest release “A Thousand Curses Upon Love’. Now she is releasing her next award winning album (SING) with producer, arranger and guitarist Patsy O’Brien. Specializing in Scots Gaelic dance and work songs, this Carolina native writes music that has been influenced by her bluegrass and celtic roots.

“Jennifer Licko certainly has a voice made for the concert hall” …Boston Irish Reporter

Those familiar with Cathie Ryan, Eileen Ivers or piping legend Paddy Keenan will also be familiar with their accompanist; the Irish Guitar wiz Patsy O’Brien. His latest album exhibits his lyrically strong and melodically catchy song writing along side of his Irish traditional tunes on guitar. It’s a brilliant capture of the Cork born artist who even illustrated his own album cover. O’Brien’s songs have been featured many times on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has been awarded by the American Folk Alliance for his songwriting. Patsy’s guitar playing moves from driving rhythm to delicate and melodic finger picking. Of the range of emotion he draws from the guitar, The New Haven Advocate writes, “His music is stomping and ocean breezy – sure footed and fragile …”

“Ireland’s best kept musical secret – CHECK HIM OUT!”-Paul Dromey, (Irish Examiner)

Jennifer and Patsy met in Minnesota in 2011 and they have been working together ever since. On their last tour, they finalized their plans to move forward with Jennifer’s new album which Patsy felt he could give it the attention and treatment that Scots Gaelic music should have. The combination of Appalachian & Celtic instrumentation tastefully structured to enhance the body of the song has been carefully arranged by O’Brien. Licko included three of her originals, one Appalachian inspired piece and 6 lively Scots Gaelic pieces. “It was very hard to choose which tunes to include because there are so many wonderfully crafted pieces of music from the Western Isles of Scotland,” Licko continues, “To have had the opportunity to learn these songs from amazing woman living on the island of South Uist in Scotland, means I have no choice but to share that with others. I hope what I deliver contributes to the growth, the love and the sharing of traditional arts”.

“Jennifer Licko could very well be the heir-apparent to Canada’s Loreena McKennitt and Clannad’s Maire Brennan,” says Celtic Life Magazine.

This duo will be giving a one time performance on July 8, 2016, 8 pm at The Altamont Theatre. Ticket information is available at www.thealtamonttheatre.com

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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