Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, March 11, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        

What: Free concert by Four Shillings Short, a Celtic, folk and world music group.   
When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 6:30-8 p.m. 
Where:  Springville Road Regional Library, 1224 Old Springville Road, Birmingham, AL 35215

Springville Road Regional Library to host Celtic/folk music concert by Four Shillings Short on March 15

Birmingham, AL-The Springville Road Regional Library will be hosting a free concert by the popular Celtic/folk and world music group Four Shillings Short on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The concert will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the library, located at 1224 Old Springville Road, Birmingham.

The group is known for its traditional and original songs and instrumentals from Europe, Asia, and the Americas, as well as Indian Ragas, Medieval and Renaissance compositions and original works.  Their sound has been described as “a compelling and inviting musical journey through time and across the seas that is authentic, traditional, spontaneous and as muti-cultural as a U.N. meeting.”

Four Shillings Short was founded in 1985 in the San Francisco Bay area. The group’s name comes from a popular quote in Dubliner’s by James Joyce, a famous Irish novelist and poet born in Ireland in 1882. Originally formed in 1985 by Aodh Og O’Tuama of Cork Ireland, and Ernest Kinsolving of Phoenix, Ariz., the band’s makeup has changed over the years, featuring many San Francisco area Irish, folk, jazz and classical musicians.

Since 1995, the current partnership of Aodh Og O’Tuama and Christy Martin has been the core of Four Shillings Short. The husband/wife duo tour year-round across the United States and Ireland, building a loyal following of fans. The independent artists have released 12 recordings, perform 2150 concerts a year, and are considered modern-day Troubadours, traveling from town to town, staying with friends and camping along the way. Their CDs are available online through CD Baby at

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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