Four Shillings Short

Four Shillings Short


Four Shillings Short perform Celtic, Folk & World music on on over 20 instruments including hammered dulcimer, North Indian Sitar, woodwinds, tinwhistle, mandolins, banjo, percussion & vocals.


The Celtic, Folk and World music duo Four Shillings
Short bring together the influences of Ireland and
India on an ever increasing array of musical
instruments including hammered dulcimer, mandolins,
Renaissance woodwinds, North Indian Sitar,
recorders, tinwhistles, banjo, guitar, percussion and vocals.
The husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O'Tuama from Cork,
Ireland and Californian Christy Martin have been touring
the US and Ireland since 1997.

In a single night, Four Shillings Short perform
Traditional Irish and Scottish songs, tunes and airs,
Indian Ragas, Folk Ballads, Old-Time songs, Medieval
and Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers
Their sound has been described as "wondrously diverse",
"truly refreshing" and "alternative neo-Celtic folk of the first order".

Since its inception in the San Francisco Bay Area,
Four Shillings Short has always had an experimental streak.
Formed in 1985 the band's roster has included many of
Northern California's Irish, Folk, Jazz and Classical
musicians. Since 1995, the current partnership of
Aodh Og O'Tuama and Christy Martin have formed
the core of Four Shillings Short.

Born in Cork, Ireland, Aodh Og O'Tuama comes from
a family of poets, writers, musicians and teachers.
He studied music at University College Cork in Ireland
and Stanford University in California. Californian
Christy Martin grew up in a family of musicians and
dancers and began studying the Sitar at age 16 with
a protégé of famed Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.


2007: Attitude and Gratitude (to be released)
2005: Icing on the Lake
2003: From Raga's to Riches
2002: Of Labour & Love
2000: Dodging Lodging
1998: The Boggy Spew
1996: Kelptic OddYaSee
Tracks available on our website

Set List

Typical Sets last 50 - 60 minutes and include
3 traditional Irish sets played on dulcimer & whistles
2 - 3 Sitar pieces including an Indian Raga
2 Renaissance/Medieval songs
3-4 Original songs
3-4 humorous/satirical songs
1-2 a capella pieces
1 - 2 poetry pieces