Annie’s Romance to perform Sunday concert at museum
Annie’s Romance, a Celtic band featuring pipes, fiddle, flute, guitar, whistles, mandolin and Irish banjo, will perform as part of the Sunday Concert Series at the Springville Museum of Art on Sunday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m. The museum is located at 126 E. 400 South, Springivlle. Admission is free.
This is the last concert for this season and is sponsored by the Springville Arts Commission. There are no concerts during the months of June and July, but the next concert season will start on Sunday, Aug. 16, with a concert featuring violinist Alexander Hawker.
Annie’s Romance is now three years old. They have released two albums: their self-titled debut, consisting mostly of carefully arranged instrumental dance music from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton; and a Christmas album mixing beloved Christmas songs with less wellknown carols and tunes. They are currently working toward a third album of Scottish and Irish songs.
Current members of Annie’s Romance are Robert Macdonald, Liz Macdonald, Marvin Payne and Michelle Adams. Robert Macdonald (bagpipes, Irish flute, tin whistles, and Irish banjo) is the founder of Annie’s Romance and has been playing Celtic folk music for over a decade. He holds a master’s degree in folklore from Utah State University where he studied folk music and tune composition.
Liz Macdonald (fiddle, vocals) started playing violin at age 5 and was first introduced to Celtic folk music in a workshop with master Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland. She joined Annie’s Romance as fiddler, but she quickly took up the lead singing duties.
Marvin Payne (guitar, mandolin, vocals) has been playing guitar and singing songs for over half a century, evidenced by his 16 albums of original material. Annie’s Romance is his first immersion into playing Celtic folk.
Michelle Adams was a member of the folk band the Flying Nancies before joining Annie’s Romance. A classically trained flutist, she contributes much of the atmosphere and texture to the band’s intricate arrangements.