Celtic Music Rocks Maui
With Tim Readman and Shona Le Mottée
VANCOUVER - Well-known local musicians Tim Readman and Shona Le Mottée recently returned from a great concert tour and holiday in Maui, Hawaii.
Hamish Burgess of Maui Celtic (www.mauiceltic.com) hosted the talented Celtic music duo, and produced four concerts around the island with partner Jennifer Fahrni of Vancouver.
Tim and Shona's trip started on Hamish's Celtic music show on Mana'o Radio (streaming live 11 AM to 1 PM West Coast - www.manaoradio.com) for an interview and live music, followed that afternoon with a brilliant live studio session with Hamish chatting to them about their careers and music.
The visitors hiked through a bamboo forest to swim in waterfalls and scored some beach time and sunset barbeques. Tim brushed off his sea shanties after a visit to the museum in the old whaling town of Lahaina, just in time for a rock star reception from the kids at a school musical assembly.
The concerts varied from an intimate historic church in Lahaina, to a packed dinner show at Mulligan's Irish pub in Wailea.
Hitherto uncharted traditional Celtic music territory, Haiku village turned out some amazing dancing, ranging from somewhat traditional Celtic style, to very interpretive, and even yoga!
The last gig was at a Kula school at 3,000 feet, and the duo were joined by Maui drummer Peter Della Croce. The dynamic duo wowed the audiences with rollicking songs and ripping fiddle tunes - what a fun tour!
After those busy days, some quality Maui time saw Tim composing songs on the beach with his guitar, while Hamish took Shona snorkeling and surfing. A memorable trip ended with a scenic cliff drive around West Maui to the airport.
Tim Readman is a 'Geordie lad' from Newcastle (UK), and has an infectious sense of humor and a real ability to engage an audience. He is artistic director of the Celtic Fest Vancouver, and a well-known performer and producer. www.timreadman.com/index_music.html.
Originally from the Island of Jersey (UK), talented fiddler Shona Le Mottée started playing at the age of seven, and after moving to Canada studied under fiddling greats such as Alasdair Fraser, Buddy MacMaster, and Martin Hayes.
She was in the internationally known Canadian Celtic-pop group, The Paperboys, touring extensively throughout North America, and performed with Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. www.shona.ca or http://www.myspace.com/shonatude.