Local Drone

With a baby on the way, a new house in Phoenix and two regular gigs a week, it's safe to say Mark Tuttle has settled in the Rogue Valley.

The musician and his wife moved to the area last September from Jackson, Wyo. Within a week, Tuttle was introduced to fellow Celtic musician Daniel Carr, and together the pair formed Local Drone.

The duo plays Cape Breton-style fiddle tunes, Clancy Brothers' covers and Celtic folk songs at 6 p.m. Thursdays at The Playwright Public House, 258 A St., Ashland, and at 6 p.m. Fridays at Paddy Brannan's Irish Pub, 23 S. Second St., Ashland.

With tuttle on fiddle, guitar and bodhran and Carr on guitar, mandolin and banjo, the duo plays a lot of acoustic instrumentals, including slow airs, waltzes and jigs. Their shows are generally laid-back as the duo sits with its audience and socializes between numbers.

Tuttle is well-versed in Celtic music. He spent two summers studying fiddle in Nova Scotia, Canada, lived for seven months in Galway, Ireland, and played in three Irish bands in Jackson.

There is no cover to the shows. Call Paddy Brannan's at 541-488-7973 and The Playwright at 541-488-9128.

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