Duo to hit uNi Coffeehouse

Grey Larson and Cindy Kallet will perform Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. Reminder Publications submitted photo
SPRINGFIELD On Jan. 13 at 8 p.m., The uNi Coffeehouse Concert Series presents the diverse duo of Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen.

The concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Drive. For information call 562-3990 or log onto www.uNiCoffeehouse.org. Tickets are $12 at the door

Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, each well-known and loved for their decades of music making, have joined musical forces in a new duo.

Kallet, best known for her songs inspired by Martha's Vineyard, is a superb singer, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Grey Larsen is one of America's finest players of the Irish flute and tin whistle, as well as an accomplished singer and concertina, fiddle, piano and harmonium player. As composers each has contributed to the unique tapestry of contemporary folk and world music as it exists and flourishes in America today. Together, they weave songs and tunes of vibrant color and rich texture.

The duo's repertoire includes Cindy Kallet's sparkling original songs, distinctive settings of traditional Irish music, Scandinavian fiddle duets, old-time fiddle and guitar tunes from southern Indiana, and new music that Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen are inventing together. There is plenty of variety and breadth of musical territory here, all deeply rooted in folk traditions, and interwoven with the renaissance and baroque counterpoint in which both performers, coincidentally, were immersed while growing up.

Included are vocal duets, guitar, Irish flute, Irish alto flute, tin whistle, concertina, harmonium, and duet fiddling, and plenty of stories that put the music into a personal context.

"The Boston Globe" calls Kallet "...one of folk music's most respected songwriters... provocative, heartwise, and original ...a brilliant guitarist... ."