Scatter the Dust, a quartet of Tucson musicians, will present a lively program of Irish dance music and ballads at the Arizona Senior Academy Tuesday (Sept. 29). Open to the public free of charge, the concert begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.
The band includes Sharon Goldwasser on fiddle, Gordon Gower on flute and whistles, Frank Daley on guitar and cittern, with vocals by Linda Shenk.
The rich tradition of this genre originated as accompaniment for dances at crossroads and in country houses in Ireland, and has since flourished in many settings, from small kitchen gatherings to energetic pub sessions to festival stages.
Goldwasser has been playing Irish fiddle for more than 20 years. Her passion for the music has drawn her to workshops, classes and private study with master fiddlers at camps and festivals throughout the United States, as well as lessons from touring musicians from Ireland. She recently returned from several weeks in Ireland where she played with like-minded musicians. In 2007 she received a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Tucson-Pima Arts Council for a week of intensive study with Randal Bays in Washington state.
Gower is a gifted Irish flute player, with a strong foundation in classical piano complementing his mastery of traditional music. He has traveled to Ireland on multiple occasions, and has performed with some of the most talented Irish musicians in the western U.S. He is also highly respected as a flute teacher and has taught at summer camps and given private lessons to many students.
Daley started playing the Dadgad-tuned guitar in the 1970s and has since added the mandolin-like cittern and bodhran drum to his repertoire. Starting in 1982, he performed with Katie Peterson in the Mixed Blessings duo. As artists on the roster of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, they played throughout Arizona and completed two tours in Mexico.
Shenk has an extensive background in vocal performance, especially in jazz, and has recently begun exploring the style and repertoire of songs from the Celtic regions, including old ballads passed on from generation to generation and more contemporary folk songs.
Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer