Four Shillings Short—the husband and wife duo of Aodh Óg O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California—cover the globe in the music they perform. Drawing on musical traditions from the Celtic to the Asian subcontinent and the Americas, as well as classical music from India, medieval and Renaissance Europe, the duo’s repertory calls on a sparkling range of more than thirty instruments including bouzouki, sitar, charango, bowed psaltery, doumbek, and krumhorn.
Aodh Óg O’Tuama grew up in a family of poets, musicians and writers. He received his degree in Music from University College in Cork, Ireland, followed by a fellowship at Stanford University in medieval and Renaissance performance. In addition to playing a variety of wind and percussion instruments, he sings in English, Gaelic & French. Christy Martin grew up in a family of musicians and dancers. As a teen, she began a ten-year study of the North Indian sitar, five of those years with a student of master Ravi Shankar. Besides playing a host of plucked, bowed, and percussed stringed instruments, Christy sings in English, Irish, Spanish and Sanskrit.