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Willson and McKee

The nationally known duo who has entertained audiences in Ouray County many times

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild presents Willson and McKee

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild presents Willson and McKee

Willson and McKee, a nationally touring duo specializing in original as well as traditional Irish and Scottish acoustic music, has won both 1 st and 2 nd place International Songwriting Competition in 2003 and 2 nd place in 2005, at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, the largest Irish Festival in the World. They have garnered rave reviews from world and folk publications such as Dirty Linen Magazine : “Willson & McKee both have clear sweet voices… and are accomplished and versatile musicians! … Impressive and expressive!” The performance will feature blazing Celtic instruments, warm harmony vocals, and a lot of laughter. Kim moves effortlessly between her instruments and her palate includes hammered and mountain dulcimer, folk harp, accordion, guitar and bodhran. She received 15 years of classical training before turning to traditional Irish music, 25 years ago! She is the 2002 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion.

Ken Willson adds a folk flavor to their performance with his guitars (including the newest member of the family, the cardboard guitar) and Irish bouzouki. An engaging weaver of wit and tales, he can also spin a fine Ceili swing on the dance floor! Willson and McKee have been touring professionally since 1990, performing at thousands of school performances, lyceums, residencies, adult workshops, community concerts, college campuses, festivals, and just plain having fun!

A Willson and McKee concert is more than a performance. It’s a gathering of past and present…and a comfortable musical evening with friends!

And even more than that! During breaks in the concert you will have opportunities to admire their unique instruments up close, ask questions of the musicians, and get treated to demonstrations and explanations that provide insight into the history and special features of the instruments.

Willson and McKee have published many outstanding CD’s that showcase their amazing talents. Their recordings range from Ballads to Celtic, to Christmas songs, performed with unique and rare instruments.

Listen to samples and order your favorites at CD Baby.

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