Celtic Marc plays at Bistro

Posted: March 20, 2014

Star staff report

Winchester — Celtic Marc will play in the Bistro at Westminster-Canterbury at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

This Irish band plays Irish, Scottish and Welsh tunes with gusto. They call it “Celtic with Kick.”

The band, which is making its fourth visit to the Bistro. includes the classic Celtic musical instruments: Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, bodhran, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. A few tunes are sung as well.

Celtic music is very ancient, said Robert Sherwood, coordinator of the Bistro series. “It is lively, spiced with merriment, often dance-like with jigs and reels.”

The premier instrument is the uilleann pipes, often known as the Irish bagpipe. The Irish pipes are inflated by a bellows rather than by blowing.

The Irish sound is sweeter and even enchanting, as distinguished from their noisy cousin from Scotland, Sherwood added.

The group is widely known in and near Washington, D.C., and increasingly in the Shenandoah Valley. They are all accomplished musicians, who have performed at The Birchmere Theater in Alexandria and often on public radio. They have played to large audiences at Westminster-Canterbury, and the merriment of their music is often infectious, Sherwood said.

Admission is $10 at the door. It is open to the public.

Morgan’s Tavern will remain open through intermission. The Bistro is smoke free. Parking is free.

The Bistro is in the Westminster-Canterbury community off North Frederick Pike. Follow signs to the main entrance. For further directions, call 540-665-0156.

The Bistro Concert next month will feature Two for the Road with Beth Whistler doing vocals and Larry Haun on keyboard. They present show tunes and popular songs of the 1950s and ’60s.