Jennifer Shelton Licko

Location: R.A. Fountain

From our promo for this concert:

Jennifer Shelton Licko celebrates the release of her latest CD, “A Thousand Curses upon Love,” with a concert of original and classic Celtic music this Friday night at Fountain General Store.

The Piedmont-based quartet Wood and Steel, originally scheduled to perform a concert of original and classic bluegrass on Saturday night, has cancelled their appearance due to complications their banjo picker is suffering from a motorcycle accident.

Shelton, the Celtic recording artist from Swansboro who spent most of a decade living in Ireland and Scotland, has been living in southern Brazil for almost a year. “Being in Brazil has actually brought me closer to the Celtic traditional music,” she said. “I’m the furthest away from the Celtic culture that I’ve ever been. But when you’re away from home, you tend to do the things and be around the things that give you comfort. So I play a lot of the music that comforts me, that sparks warm memories and takes me to my favorite places. For me this is Celtic music. “

After a brief visit in eastern NC, Shelton will return to Brazil, where she enjoys living in Porto Alegre, the historic capital city of Rio Grande do Sul. She has presented Celtic concerts for a variety of audiences throughout the region, including most recently the St. Andrews Society of Sao Paolo.

A Thousand Curses upon Love is her 5th CD. “It’s a collection of songs that I love,” she said, “and wanted to interpret in my own way.” Accompanying her on the recording are an all-star band of Celtic musicians, including Charlie Morgan, the former drummer for Elton John; Bobby O’Donovan, former fiddle/mandolin player of the Irish Rovers; Eamonn Dillon, All-Ireland Champion uillean piper; Kevin Lysen, guitar; and Sha Zhang, a classical violinist for the Palm Beach pops.

Tags: Celtic / Irish, folk, original, popular