Boone native Maura Shawn Scanlin and Boston based guitarist Conor Hearn unite to form the duo Rakish. The two friends met in the Irish and Scottish traditional music community in Boston while studying for their bachelors degrees in the area; Conor at Tufts University, and Maura Shawn at the New England Conservatory.
Maura Shawn is a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and Conor is emerging as one of the most sought-after Celtic guitarists in the greater Boston area and beyond. As a duo they perform a unique take on traditional Irish and Scottish fiddle tunes and songs.
Alternately sensitive and driving, the duo’s recent self-titled EP release explores original melodies and reinvents traditional ones in a way that reflects their shared love for old tunes and classical chamber music.
The duo has performed on Front Row Boston, Brian O’Donovan’s Burren Backroom Series, and can be heard on broadcasts of WGBH’s “A Celtic Sojourn.”
Prior to the concert, the duo will lead a workshop at 4:30 p.m. on Traditional Celtic ensemble playing with a focus on group arranging and accompaniment. All instruments are welcome – fiddles, guitars, and other string instruments are especially encouraged! The workshop is free for concert attendees.