We’ve got musical chemistry going on’

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Two prominent Queenstown musicians have joined forces to create a unique sound on a CD being unveiled this weekend. 

Jazz pianist Mark Wilson and Celtic muso Karen Reid launch their debut CD Southern Celtic at a special concert in Speargrass Flat on Saturday. 

It’s been five years in the making and features traditional Celtic tunes and original songs, Reid explains. 

“We have been quite the perfectionists going about it. We play a unique mix of traditional, contemporary and original Celtic music with touches of jazz and country,” she says. 

Wilson, who has also just released his solo jazz and classical CD The Rhythms of Nature, says the jazz and Celtic genres combine well. 

“The moment we started working together five years ago it became apparent to us and others that there was very much a musical chemistry going on,” he says. 

Saturday’s concert – which also features musical performances from Reid’s three talented children and Wilson’s fiancée Emma Sykes – will be held at Thomas Brown’s Art Gallery in Speargrass Flat from 7.30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and include drinks and nibbles. They are available at the Lakes District Museum and on the door.