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Odd couple finds harmony

DILLON – They’ve been compared to the Indigo Girls, but another description for Halcyon could be the odd couple.

Stephanie Callahan is the anal neat-freak who tends to write darker, more political songs. It took her a long time to feel comfortable on stage and even longer to recover from her Southern Baptist roots (where her parents’ definition of music was hymns, gospel and country – which might explain why she’s a metal-head now). Deb Hunseder is the Bohemian, optimistic pop songwriter who loves to be center stage. Together, they’ve been merging their different styles in harmony for 14 years.

“We couldn’t be more opposite,” Hunseder said. “I’m more the go-with-the-flow, live-and-let-live, throw-my-clothes-in-the-corner-until-I’m-ready-

to-pick-them-up kind of person. Stephanie’s so methodical and technical, she keeps the beat where it’s at, and I can kind of free-flow around it.”

Together, the Tampa guitar duo plays mostly pop rock laden with heavy harmonies.

“It’s stuff people can relate to because the songs aren’t specifically gendered,” she said. “It’s about people and relationships. Everyone can relate to the love side. And, we just like having a good time, cutting loose.”

Their idea of a good time is getting the audience to play percussion instruments – on stage and off, which makes them a popular choice for music festivals and such venues as the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre.

In addition to coordinating two of the largest women’s festivals in Florida in 1999 and 2000, Halcyon has opened for Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Koko Taylor, Patty Larkin and Joan Osborne, among others.

Halcyon plays a free concert at 6:30 p.m. today at the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre in Dillon.

Event: Halcyon

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Where: Lake Dillon Amphitheatre, Dillon

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