Billy McLaughlin & Mithril in Concert, July 20
Billy will be sharing his best known compositions for solo guitar as well as a few new songs before handing the stage over to the amazing Celtic music group, Mithril. Don't miss the first-ever MN performance by this Gulf Coast quartet who last performed with Billy alongside the Mobile Symphony. These two headline acts will merge at the end of the show for a remarkable finale you won't want to miss!
Billy McLaughlin is recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification, unorthodox techniques and altered tunings while celebrating a gift for melody. His enormous yet fluid acoustic guitar tone has carried him around the world, to Billboard's Top-Ten Chart and most recently through a devastating medical disorder called focal dystonia. McLaughlin has had to re-learn the guitar left-handed and is in the early stages of what might be described as 'one of the great musical-comeback stories of all time." His story is the subject of an award-winning documentary film called Changing Keys - Billy McLaughlin and the Mysteries of Dystonia.
Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Mithril delivers Celtic Music that pushes into American folk, classical, rock and World Music territory with a fun and free spirit.
"Like their namesake, MITHRIL takes the fantasy of Tolkien and mixes it with Celtic folk and contemporary music in a magic blend of powerful musical talent." --Michael McDane Harris, host of Renradio.com
Mithril's unique progressive style has its roots in traditional Celtic music but moves far beyond that, weaving such diverse influences as American folk, classical, and Middle Eastern melodies in...to their full tapestry of sound.
The four musicians perform on a wide array of instruments, including Irish flute, whistle, fife, Celtic harp (Andra Bohnet), fiddle, bouzouki (Tom Morley), guitar (Ben Harper) and percussion (Sam Gaston), playing with the precision of their classical training and the enthusiasm and high energy that springs from their love of the music.
Mithril continues to push at the boundaries, taking audiences of all ages on an exotic musical journey to Ireland, Scotland, and beyond.