Nuevo Celtic Music Comes to the Mountains
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OURAY – What happens to traditional Celtic music when it settles comfortably in the West? The answer is Willson & McKee, the nuevo Celtic duo, who will be bringing their unique music and talents to Ouray County on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

Sponsored by the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, this concert is sure to go way beyond your grandfather’s Irish music, to reach music that is thought provoking, fun and soulful, as well as intelligent.

Kim McKee and Ken Willson create their special sounds with warm harmonic vocals, guitars, dulcimers, Celtic harp, bouzouki, bodhran, and accordion, and then both add stories and fun to the mix, reflecting the moods of their life together in the Rocky Mountains.

Willson and McKee have received many awards for their music and songwriting, including first and second place at the International Songwriting Competition in 2003 and second place in 2005 at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, the largest Irish festival in the world. In addition, McKee was named the 2002 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion.

The concert will include material from their eight CDs, including This Thin Place (2006) and One Lone Rowan Tree (2004), chosen as one of the top 20 albums of the year by the Walnut Valley Festival, site of the national acoustic instrument championships.

The duo has garnered rave reviews from world folk publications, such as Dirty Linen Magazine: “Willson & McKee both have clear sweet voices… and are accomplished and versatile musicians... impressive and expressive!”

Tickets are $15 for adults (students free) and will be available at the door or online at Following the concert, all are invited to stay and enjoy some Ceili dancing led by McKee and Willson.
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