Wendy Songe, endorsing artist for Folkcraft Instruments, is a highly sought after instructor and performer, and a popular sight at music festivals and community events across the USA.
Wendy is the 2018 National Mtn. Dulcimer Champion, 2012 Texas State Mtn. Dulcimer Champion, and 2012 Southern Regional Mtn. Dulcimer Champion. In October 2018, Wendy was awarded the SDC Branson, MO “Dream Big, Do Good Community Action Hero” award, and was named “Tulsa People” by Tulsa People Magazine, February 2019, for her accomplishments in music and her numerous contributions to the community through her music outreach programs for veterans, seniors, disadvantaged children, and people with disabilities.
When she isn’t traveling with her music, Wendy keeps busy teaching private music lessons and managing her passion projects, ‘The Sisterhood of Song Women’s Retreat’, C.E.O., and ‘Mobile Outreach Music Missions’, Founder.
Wendy’s eclectic musical style and diverse genres encompass the piano, guitar, ukulele, Bodhran, voice and mountain dulcimer and is frequently featured in magazines, podcasts, radio and television broadcasts.
Wendy has released two solo albums to date, 2015 ‘Test Drive’ and 2016 ‘DRIVEN’. Her discography also includes collaborations with The Vintage Wildflowers- 2014 ‘In Full Bloom’, Bing Futch- 2013 ‘The RV Project’, and Dr. Jonathan Dowell- 2012 ‘Celtic Christmas Showdown’ CD.
For more information, tour dates, upcoming events, outreach support and CD sales, please visit: www.WendySonge.com
A native of Springfield, Virginia, Anne Lough began playing and singing folk music at the age of fourteen. She has continued to share her love of music through the years while raising four daughters and completing a Music Education Degree from Murray State University, Murray, Ky., and a Master of Music Education Degree from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.
Anne now resides in the mountains of North Carolina and devotes her time to festivals, workshops, performances, Road Scholar classes and school residencies. Equally at home on the guitar, autoharp, mountain and hammered dulcimer, her educational programs and performances range from traditional music and folk songs to shaped note singing, classical and American popular music, folk dance traditions, storytelling, folklore and cultural history.
In addition to being a frequent instructor in mountain and hammered dulcimer at the prestigious John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Anne has taught at the Swannanoa Gathering, Western Carolina Dulcimer Week, Augusta Heritage Dulcimer Week, Kentucky Music Week and at numerous other festivals and workshops throughout the country, in Ireland, the British Isles and Belgium. Her artistic interpretation, sensitive playing style, versatility, creative arranging and skill as an instructor have earned her international acclaim.
Anne’s music can be heard on a number of recordings, Smoky Mountain educational videos, public radio and a North Carolina PBS Christmas Special. She has also published many collections of arrangements for the mountain and hammered dulcimer.
For information on workshops, concerts, scheduling and additional collections and recordings, check out her website:
The combination of music, storytelling and humor has made Mike Anderson one of the most sought-after performers from the Atlantic coast to Canada to the Gulf and all points in between. His latest recordings writing entitled The Great Sled Race and Anna’s Old Boot both won Parents’ Choice awards. Anna’s Old Boot also won a Children’s Music Web award for best children’s song 2003.
Under the auspices of the Illinois State Board of Education, Mike has conducted many teacher workshops for developing literacy through the art of storytelling. His Early Childhood shows are legendary. As an author and an elementary school teacher, Mike earned accolades from his current principal who said,
"Mr. Anderson works well in structure and he excels in unstructured situations where he can utilize his creativity and problem-solving skills. He is a superb communicator, master teacher and an exceptional leader in any setting."
While the Mountain Dulcimer, Guitar, Banjo, Jaw Harp, and Nose Flute are a part of his musical storytelling trade, his power to guide teachers to help students is among his greatest strengths. His workshops on "Promoting Higher Level Thinking Through Classroom Activities" and "Storytelling for Literacy for Early Childhood Teachers and Parents" have been nationally recognized.