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Chattering Magpies – A Celtic Duo Perform at Kentucky Artisan Center July 21

Wednesday, 07 17, 2013

Gwen Heffner
gwen.heffner@ky.gov
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Phone: 859 - 985-5448 X 230

On Sunday, July 21, Lorinda Jones and Greta Gillmeister of the group Chattering Magpies, will perform Celtic music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea celebrates 10 years as Kentucky’s showcase for the arts with three days of celebration.

This female instrumental duo from Kentucky consists of Jones on Irish harp and dulcimer and Gillmeister on Irish flute and whistle. The Chattering Magpies intricately weave the melodies of traditional Celtic airs, jigs, hornpipes and reels to bring out the nuance of each song on the Irish harp, flute, dulcimer, whistle, spoons and bones. From toe-tapping to heart-wrenching, audiences are drawn to the beautiful and unusual instruments and are spellbound by the music.

As musicians and certified music therapists, both Jones and Gillmeister believe that the ancient tunes of the Celts encompass the range of human emotions. They perform at traditional dulcimer and Irish festivals, teach workshops on their respective instruments, and conduct sessions for retreats and special wellness programs.

The group is part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Arts Directory and their performance on July 21 is made possible in part by the Kentucky Arts Council.

Music by the Chattering Magpies is regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Celebrating 10 years in 2013 with three days of events and activities July 19-21, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits include, “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” on display through Aug. 24; and “The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea,” and “Highlights of the First 10 Years,” on display in the lobby through Nov. 17, 2013. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.