Dynamic duo Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse skillfully perform the music of Scotland, Ireland and early America.
Alabama native Jil Chambless has played an active role in the Celtic music scene for over 25 years. As singer and flute and whistle player, Jil has completed many recording projects and performed at Celtic festivals and concerts across the US as well as Canada, Scotland, and Israel with the band Henri’s Notions, the longest performing Celtic band in the southeastern United States. Jil brings to any audience a wonderful listening experience from haunting ballads and upbeat songs to toe-tapping tunes with a smooth delivery that never fails to bring both smiles and tears in every performance. Accolades for Jil include, “One of the best singers of Scots and Irish songs I know”, “To all the acknowledged great female singers in Irish/Scottish/Celtic music…please scooch over a wee bit, we have a new member for your exalted ranks – Jil Chambless”, and “Jil’s voice just draws you in – it cuddles around you like a well-worn comforter”.
Scooter Muse was a long time guitar player before purchasing his first banjo after he became enamored with banjos, and folk music, and bluegrass. He has played banjo with bluegrass legends, Clair Lynch, Vassar Clements and a host of others as well as handling first call banjo duties for the world famous Muscle Shoals, Alabama recording industry. He has won countless banjo competitions through the southeast including eight times at the Tennessee Valley Championships.
After experiencing the progressive Celtic sounds of the band Touchstone, he was launched into the world of Celtic music and eventually founded the Full Moon Ensemble, who achieved national recognition, toured the US, Canada, and Scotland and produced five critically acclaimed CDs. He joined Henri’s Notions in 2003. The Notions consistently play festivals and concerts and have appeared with such great artists as Bob Dylan, Paddy Obrien, Patrick Street, Brian McNeill, and many others.
Chambless (vocals, flute) and Muse (guitars, banjo) began performing together in 2010, playing small house concerts, major Celtic festivals and Highland Games. In 2011 they released their first CD as a duo, The Laverock Sang. Their most recent album is Passing Tales & Glories (2014).