Grammy Award-winning musicians Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel will pay tribute to the Irish at their Tri-City concert planned March 9 at Shalom United Church of Christ in Richland.
"Since it is March and St. Patrick's Day is coming, we will be doing a few Irish tunes, ya know, like Danny Boy, Irish Eyes Are Smiling, etc.," Tingstad told the Herald in an email this week. "I'll also be releasing a video (on his website) of O' Danny Boy in a couple of weeks."
But Irish songs won't be all the duo plans to play. The concert also includes songs that earned them a Grammy Award a decade ago for their eclectic mix of New Age music.
"Nancy and I also be playing a couple new tunes in the show from my newest CD, Badlands," he said.
And when the two aren't touring together, he's keeping busy mentoring other musicians.
"I've been doing more mentoring with younger songwriters and singers lately, and travel to Nashville and other places for that work," Tingstad said.
He also holes up in his home studio producing and recording other artists' music as well as his own. He recently wrote a song to go with a trip he took to Paris last year. It can be viewed on his website at www.erictingstad.com.
He plays electric and acoustic guitars; Rumbel plays various flutes, oboe, English horn and ocarina.
The two, who live in the Seattle area, have toured together for more than 25 years, performing in concert halls across the country, including Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Advance tickets cost $15 and are available at Octopus' Garden in Richland and Tri-City Bookworm stores. Tickets will cost $20 at the door.
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