Acoustic Eidolon (seen here) features Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire. The duo will perform at the Dana Point Community House tonight, Sept. 19, and at the Mission Viejo Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 20.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK SIMMS
It's no exaggeration for discerning listeners to assert that guitarist Joe Scott and cellist Hannah Alkire have created a sound that they can call their own.
Since joining forces in April 1998, the two members who make up Acoustic Eidolon have embarked on a musical journey that has produced scores of wonderful concerts and excellent recordings.
The fact that Scott plays an instrument he invented – a double-neck, custom acoustic guitar known as a guitjo – helps establish that unique sound. And no matter whether Acoustic Eidolon is playing material fused with folk, Celtic, Latin or bluegrass influences, the sound is intoxicating and accessible.
The duo's music has been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," as well as countless other television and radio stations around the country.
Scott and Alkire have performed at the Vancouver Island MusicFest, the legendary Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. And Acoustic Eidolon will spend the better part of October playing a string of shows in Germany and the Netherlands.
However, before heading across the Atlantic, Acoustic Eidolon will make two intimate performances in south Orange County this weekend as part of the Lord of the Strings concert series, performing at the Dana Point Community House on Friday, Sept. 19 and playing in nearby Mission Viejo on Saturday evening, Sept. 20.
Acoustic Eidolon is touring in support of the duo's most recent album, "Barefoot," a collection of material blending the far-flung sounds of Australia, Hawaii, gypsy dance music and Irish-Celtic via nine instrumentals and five vocal-anchored tracks.
The sonic team's other releases include "Live to Dance" (2004), "Beyond Words" (2001), the Christmas-themed "Joy to the World" (2002) and "A Simpler Time" (2000).
Acoustic Eidolon's self-titled debut was issued in 1999. Highlights on that disc include the Celtic-tinged "Walking Stones" and Delta-mining "Joe's Blues."
Acoustic Eidolon will perform at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The duo will also perform at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Information: www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com or call 949-842-2227.