Texas Tech Celtic Ensemble to Hold Concert of Music from Brittany

The Texas Tech Celtic Ensemble to hold a concert of music from the French province of Brittany. The event is set for Saturday (Jan. 20) at 8 p.m. in the Hemmle Recital Hall in the student union on the Texas Tech campus. Admission for the concert is free.

Written by: Christy Hammett

The Texas Tech Celtic ensemble is a small group of performers specializing in performances in dance music and song of the seven Celtic nations. These nations include Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia and the Isle of Man.

The ensemble learns and plays its repertoire by ear combining several instruments including timber flute, tin whistle, fiddles, mandola, guitar, harp, percussion, accordion, double-bass, and brass and wind instruments.

Christopher Smith, Associate Professor of Musicology, the ensemble’s director, said he is excited by what the ensemble will have to offer at the concert.

“The ensemble, consisting of 15 undergraduate and two graduate students, has been preparing for the event for about three months,” Smith said. “This is the first formal concert the ensemble has performed since it formed in the fall of 2006 and it is sure to be a success.”

For more information, visit the Celtic Ensemble Web site. A preview of the concert is set for Friday (Jan. 19) at 9 p.m. on KOHM 89.1 FM.

CONTACT: Christopher Smith, School of Music, Texas Tech University, at (806) 742-2270 or Christopher.smith@ttu.edu.