The Chattering Magpies transports their audience on a mystical journey reflecting the soulful music of the Celts, from ancient airs to contemporary dance tunes. This instrumental female duo from Kentucky consists of Lorinda Jones on Irish harp and dulcimer and Greta Gillmeister on Irish flute and whistle.
The Chattering Magpies intricately weave the melodies of traditional Celtic airs, jigs, hornpipes and reels to bring out the nuance of each song on harp, flute, dulcimer, whistle, spoons, bones and other seldom seen instruments. From toe tapping to heart wrenching, audiences are drawn to the beautiful, unusual instruments and are spellbound by the music.
As an adjudicated member of the Kentucky Arts Council's Performing Arts Directory, The Chattering Magpies have performed at traditional Irish festivals and events across Kentucky, but also perform in library and house concert series and festivals across the eastern United States.
Both Lorinda and Greta offer instrumental instructional workshops and materials and, as certified music therapists, also offer specialized programming for retreats and special populations, as well as concerts in places of healing or for corporate wellness programs.
They believe that the ancient tunes of the Celts encompass the range of human emotions, and those can be exquisitely expressed with the sounds of the harp, flute, dulcimer and whistle.
“Wonderful playing and a really nice blend. As far as I am concerned, this is what it's all about when playing Irish music.”