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Tue, 12 Mar


The Last Jar

Polytropos: Melbourne!

Celtic music of many twists and turns

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Polytropos: Melbourne!
Polytropos: Melbourne!

Time & Location

12 Mar 2024, 7:30 pm – 9:40 pm

The Last Jar, 616 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


About the event

Combining the beautiful and spirited interplay of traditional instruments, Polytropos perform tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland, France and Canada. Arranging the sounds of the fiddle, flute, guitar, Scottish smallpipes, mandolin, voice and Irish whistle in curious and adventurous ways, their diverse range of tunes will take the listener around the world of traditional music!

Kiwi multi-instrumentalists Oscar West and Rennie Pearson are the traditional music duo Polytropos. They are masterful, passionate players of Celtic music, arranged in an adventurous, conversational way. “Polytropos” comes from ancient Greek and appears hundreds of times in Homer’s Odyssey. It's many possible translations range from “much-travelled” to “many-faced” to “a thing of many twists and turns.” All of these connotations feel perfect to describe the music we seek to create: dynamic, much-wandering journeys through tunes songs and a musical tradition that had travelled half a world to reach us in New Zealand. Polytropos released their first album in 2020. Since their debut concert at Wellington Folk Festival in 2011 their unique, charismatic stage presence and playing style has been a hit with audiences at festivals and tours across New Zealand and Australia from tiny churches to big stages.


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