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.