Touring since 1990, this husband and wife duo blends breakneck instrumentals with warm harmony vocals, to weave a vibrant experience of texture and fun!
Curiously untamed… they simply don’t fit the expected Celtic mold. Tight harmonies give traditional songs a modern feel and original compositions are given an ancient twist.
A national award for instrumentals as well as International awards for song writing, guarantee a quality of purpose in the music.
All of the duo's recordings were done with the intent that a listener would get the same musical experience as in a Willson & McKee concert. No over production, tasteful arrangements, solid musicianship, and a connection with the music itself.
Please check the website for details on our awards, touring schedule, educational and performance programs, and how you can bring Willson & McKee to your community!
Here is a brief rundown of the songs for those who like details:
Mormond Braes/Johnny goes to France/Ice on the Road: A great old Scottish Song followed by two tunes on Hammer Dulcimer and Bouzouki.
Aghadoe: The winning Track…about the “thin Place” and comfort of a grave digger singing to and caring for his thin place.
Bogie’s Bonnie Belle: An interesting remake of the old Trad song, We sing the respective boy and girls parts to tell the tale.
Cavanaugh’s march to the Coffee cup/Winston and McCoy: Two tunes written by Jimmie Shulz about Mick Cavanaugh (TDB) and Willson & McKee in our next evolution….as named by Michael Marsolek an NPR host and an old friend
Long Shadows: A beautiful harp tune and vocal piece
Beautiful Man: Kimmies tribute to the hands of working men.
The Tinker’s Coin: A great Jack Hardy song about money…
Silkworm’s Flight: A visit under a tree with a Small creature..followed by a great Slip Jig penned by Kim. Our friend Pat Japenga is playing Irish Flute on the Jig.
Adders in the Heather: a Great tune performed in 3 parts on the Hammer Dulcimer. We tuned an acoustic bass and Kim played it with her Hammers for this tune.
King’s Schilling: A trad song of reality of war
Corner House/ Spootiskerry: Trad tunes done with swing accompaniment. Pat J is on this also
The Wells of Wearie: Trad song of murder and deception with a surprise ending.
Wizened Warrior: Thoughts of the conflicts faced.
When next we Meet: An ending song done with a pipe drone background and daughter Darci Adding her great vocals to the blend.
More details in the Liner notes and at our live shows….go to our website
see ya down the road!!! Ken & Kim