Celtic duo to play Dark Room


‘Polytro­pos’ is a word that dates back to Homer, An­cient Greek writer of The Odyssey and The Iliad.

Ren­nie Pear­son of Welling­ton Celtic trad folk duo Polytro­pos said he and Os­car West came across the word, liked its con­no­ta­tions, and for the last seven years have used it to de­fine their sound.

‘‘Polytro­pos means ‘many twists and turns’ or ‘many faces’. Homer used it to de­scribe Odysseus, his quick and wily hero, and it also de­scribes our mu­sic.’’

While based on tra­di­tional Celtic styles, Pear­son said they also like adding in other in­flu­ences, mak­ing their sound rea­son­ably dis­tinc­tive.

‘‘We are both drawn to an­cient mu­sic, and our own songs are gen­er­ally in tra­di­tional style... It’s not the usual for­mula.

‘‘It also de­scribes the range of in­stru­ments we play.’’

Pear­son per­forms on an 18th cen­tury wooden flute, whis­tles, gui­tar and vo­cals, with West also on vo­cals and whis­tles, along with fid­dle and small­pipes.

Other mean­ings of ‘polytro­pos’ in­clude ‘ much trav­elled’ or ‘many wan­der­ings’.

That’s also ap­pro­pri­ate as the duo will be mak­ing their first visit to the Dark Room on Satur­day on the sec­ond leg of a na­tion­wide tour.

With­out a base or per­cus­sion, part of the chal­lenge has been hav­ing two melody in­stru­ments work­ing to­gether to cre­ate an en­gag­ing and in­ter­est­ing sound.

‘‘It’s some­thing we’ve worked on and will be demon­strat­ing in Satur­day’s con­cert.’’

There is an al­bum in the works, but un­til that is com­pleted Pear­son said their mu­sic is avail­able on You Tube. $10 and $5 book­ings for Satur­day’s 7.30pm con­cert are though thedark­roomnz.com

Celtic duo Polytro­pos - Ren­nie Pear­son and Os­car West.

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