Friday, September 13, 2013

Boston to Ireland to Thailand

Matt and Shannon Heaton make music where Ireland meets America, drawing from and respecting and creating with the traditions which arise from this. The Boston based musicians are recording their fifth album as a duo. It will be a collection of dialogue songs, songs where there is conversation in the lyrics. Based on their earlier albums and their concerts and their teaching, it’s bound to be filled with great music, and include a few surprises.

One of those surprises is that they are planning to do a CD release concert in Thailand.

Boston, Ireland --Thailand? How’s that again?

It’s come about because Shannon spent her first year of college as an exchange student in Suphanburi, Thailand. There, her experience with the traditional music of Thailand and the people who played it led her to look more deeply to the music of her own heritage -- Ireland -- and played a part in setting her on the path she’s followed since, as a professional working in Irish music. Several years back Shannon reconnected with her Thai friends, and was able to introduce Matt and later, their son, to the country which played such a part in her life.

Now, they want to give a free concert to the people of Suphanburi to launch their new CD -- and you can help them do so by contributing to their project at Indie GoGo.

Listen to Matt and Shannon tell their story about this and hear a bit of their music:

Certainly they have many nice rewards should you choose to contribute -- and they’ve decided to give ten per cent of what they raise to the charity Mercy Centre, too. At this writing they’ve raised about a third of their goal, and have just a bit over a month left to meet it.

One thing you could do to help which won’t cost you a thing is to invite people you know over to this story, so they can learn about the project as well.

photo by Kelly Lorenz

You may also wish to see
Lovers' Well: Matt and Shannon Heaton in which they include a Thai love song in with the Irish music, and make that work just fine
Another Fine Winter's Night: Matt and Shannon Heaton about their winter holiday concert
Shannon Heaton: Oil for the Chain Shannon's book on learning music -- not just for flute players.
my favorite Matt and Shannon Heaton album -- so far. click on the image to hear samples of the music.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Jane Louise Boursaw said...

What a neat project. Will help spread the word.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart said...

Sharing on twitter right now. Neat!

6:36 PM  
Blogger jcreaturetravel said...

This is so wonderful and unexpected. I just tweeted about it. I hope others will find out about this project. I'm actually planning to be in Thailand next August.

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Living Large said...

I just tweeted about this. I wish them all of the luck of the Irish!

8:54 AM  

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