Two cultures – one European, the other American – will come together when two nationally known artists perform next month in Nashville.
The Nash Arts Center concert will feature Connie Dover, a collector and performer of Irish, Scottish and American West music, and Skip Gorman, who performs the music of the American cowboy, a release says.
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Dover and Gorman’s concert begins at 7 p.m. April 12. Tickets are $15.
Both artists have reached national audiences through their individual performances on programs such as “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Dover, who fluently sings in Irish, Scots Gaelic, French and Latin, also has performed on “The Thistle & Shamrock,” a radio program devoted to Celtic and similar music, and on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” news program.
Gorman’s music has been heard on the soundtracks of several documentaries by Ken Burns.
“Gorman has been collecting and recording the traditional music of the American cowboy, music that was performed around campfires by cowboys and westward settlers in the 19th century,” the release says. “He brings to the music a scholar’s knowledge of the cowboy’s Celtic, Spanish and Afro-American roots.”
Their local concert is sponsored by Ivan Price Graphic Design, a desktop publishing, graphic design and illustration firm in Rocky Mount.
“I’ve been listening to Connie for years,” said Ivan Price, the firm’s owner and host of “The Celtic Hour,” a program on Rocky Mount’s former public radio station, WHQR-FM. “I used to play her on the radio show.”
Since Dover does not tour extensively, Price flew to Boston to see her perform in September in Cambridge, Mass. Gorman also was on the program. Their concert was the genesis for the Nash Arts Center performance.
“I’ve been in contact with them, and we put the whole thing together,” he said. “I’m trying to cover this as much as possible so Nash Arts can keep 100 percent of the proceeds.”
Dover and Gorman’s performances have garnered critical acclaim. In one report, The Boston Globe described Dover as “the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez.”
The Globe also praised Gorman, naming his 1995 debut album “A Greener Prairie” one of the Top 10 folk recordings of the year and calling it “one of the most masterful and flat-out gorgeous cowboy albums to lope down the trail in years.”
Tickets for the concert are available at the center, 100 E. Washington St., Nashville, by calling 459-4734 or on the website brownpapertickets.com.
For more information, go to nasharts.org.