Celtic music with a Sufi beat

Linn Barnes, right, and Allison Hampton perform at the Theatre Oct. 30.

From contributed reports
Steve Bloom, co-director of the SAMA Ensemble, which features ancient Sufi drumming, will join Rappahannock’s own Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton for the duo’s annual Celtic music concert at the Theatre at Washington on Gay Street this Saturday evening (Oct. 30). The performance begins at 8.

Barnes and Hampton plan some “spooky” music suited to the Halloween season — for instance the Galician tune “A Bruxa,” which means “a witch”, and the Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance, among other Celtic music. The duo plays Celtic harps, lute, guitar, banjo, mandolin and cittern, as well as Irish (Uilleann) pipes.

Bloom has played percussion in thousands of performances and recordings in countries stretching from the Middle East to Nigeria to Canada. He has studied Cuban and African traditions of drumming and song from several Cuban masters and a Senegalese griot. He also apprenticed with Sufi master drummers, including Adnan Sarhan, dervish of Bagdad.

Tickets for this Saturday’s concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students under 18. Tickets will be available at the box office, but for advance reserved seating requests phone 675-1253 or e-mail TheatreVA@aol.com

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