An­nie’s Ro­mance to per­form Sun­day con­cert at mu­seum

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Ginny Ackerson

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.

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