Ireland will meet America when solo guitarists Scott Ouellette and Darragh O’Neill take the stage at the Firehouse on Wednesday night.
Ouellette, a professional musician and music copyist who lives in Rowley, has been working with O’Neill for nearly a year, after they were introduced by another client of Ouellette’s, classical guitarist Pat Coldrick of Dublin. O’Neill, one of Ireland’s leading concert guitarists, hired Ouellette to score his music.
“Darragh had composed many songs but had not documented them in sheet music form yet,” Ouellette said. “It’s the most incredible guitar music I’ve ever heard.”
Impressed by O’Neill’s talent and “very high standards,” Ouellette invited him to visit for two concerts, one at the Firehouse in Newburyport and one next Friday at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, N.H.
“We hit it off instantly together,” Ouellette said. “We both have 35-plus years experience of playing. We were a perfect match for each other.”
The two will meet in person for the first time tomorrow, when O’Neill arrives to spend the week at Ouellette’s home.
“We hit it off pretty good on Skype and email, and it’s really quite exciting to be able to meet this week,” Ouellette said.
This weekend will also mark the first time that the two are able to rehearse together for the duets they plan to play in their shows. In the meantime, “We’ve each been practicing our own parts,” Ouellette said, who added that he has also been playing along with YouTube videos of O’Neill.
In addition to the five or six duets, the show will include solo sets by both Ouellette, who will perform original music from his CDs “Straight Ahead” and “Sunrise,” and O’Neill, who will play his own compositions and selections from his CD “Fountain.”