The Perry Fine Arts concert series opened its season on Sunday, Oct. 20 with a concert by Celtic music performers Ann and Charlie Heymann. In Gaelic and English, the pair took the audience on a time travel of Irish and Scottish music, ranging from an 8th Century telling of the invasion of Ireland, to today’s drinking songs. The audience clapped to the chorus of a 1970s pub song and added their voices to the droning chorus of a drinking song originally written for the bagpipe.

The duo chose music that highlighted Ann Heymann’s Irish harp—a replicate of an ancient instrument that uses 14-carat gold for its strings, giving it a unique resonance. With harp, accordion, voice and Irish drum, the pair told stories that covered a range of emotions —- the farmer who explains mule etiquette to the uninitiated; the immigrant to New York who finds that everything American is “made in China,” and the farmer’s plaintive song to his horse, as he explains that she has been replaced by modern machinery, as they make their last trip home from the fields.

This year’s season is dedicated to the memory of Alice Schumacher, who died in 2018. The series is free, and is supported by contributions and grants from the Perry community.

The next event in the Perry Fine Arts concert series is the 41st Annual William Bell Memorial Tuba and Euphonium Day on Sunday, Nov. 2 at First United Methodist Church.