Hear an Appalachian murder ballad and other songs your mother didn’t teach you

Milford. The Gillespie-Morton Duo’s “Disordering the Attic” concert explores themes of lust, betrayal, fantasy, and money.

| 09 Jun 2021 | 11:29

The Gillespie-Morton Duo will perform an Appalachian murder ballad and other songs your mother didn’t teach you when they give a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, at the Ann Street Park Gazebo, West Catharine & 5th Streets, Milford.

The official title of this concert, “Disordering the Attic,” sums up the duo’s approach to music. Singer Fiona Gillespie and multi-instrumentalist Paul Holmes Morton have strong backgrounds in Baroque-era music (approximately 1600-1700), but they also perform 19th- and 20th-century songs that showcase their love for folk and more modern classical music. Above all, this program explores human desires such as lust, betrayal, fantasy, money that are not limited to any single century or culture.

Gillespie comes from a family of traditional Celtic musicians. She “adopts a non-classical style of vocal production,” said a reviewer in Fanfare Magazine. Her “tonal quality is consistently beautiful and haunting,...and her Scottish-inflected diction crystal-clear.”

Instrumentalist Paul Holmes Morton plays guitar, lute, banjo, and theorbo, and he’s a composer, lyricist, singer, and musical archaeologist.

Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs to the concert.

This free outdoor concert is produced by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, a not-for-profit organization of volunteers led by cellist Yosif Feigelson. For more information email kindredspiritsarts.org or call 570-409-1269. Donations are appreciated.