Celtic music concert at Badger Creek Hall

Half Light, Rennie Pearson (left) and Bob McNeill. Picture: SUPPLIED

By Dongyun Kwon

A Celtic musician duo Half Light came to Badger Creek as part of their second Australian tour.

Rennie Pearson and Bob McNeill had a concert at the Badger Creek Hall on Thursday 27 June.

The duo performed a mixture of their original music, traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, McNeill’s songs and traditional songs with a flute, whistles and guitars.

Pearson said they were “super stoked” to come to play in Badger Creek.

“It was great with an intimate crowd, about 35 people. The audience was really nice and loved the concert,” he said.

“We absolutely love playing in these old community halls, it really feels like it’s the beating heart of the community.

“So, it’s really nice to be able to provide live music for people in these beautiful old buildings.”

Half Light’s music lies in their ability to take these folk melodies and songs, both old and new, and weave them into fresh and exciting arrangements.

Drawing inspiration from a rich tapestry of musical styles, they transport listeners to faraway lands with one melody and have them tapping their toes and clapping their hands with the next.

The duo are from New Zealand and decided to form a group to compose their own music with a background of traditional Celtic music and American music to take people on a journey and have the light in the shade.

“We’ve been playing together as Half Light for about two years, but myself and Bob have actually been playing together for at least 15 years, just in various different groups and bands,” Pearson said.

Pearson said both of them liked Healesville and would love to come back and have another concert.

Anyone wishing to experience Half Light’s music is welcome to visit the following websites to listen to their Extended Play at halflightnz.bandcamp.com/album/air or check out their next concerts at renniepearsonmusic.com