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Wendy Songe (Video)

Winner of the 2018 Walnut Valley Association National Mountain Dulcimer Championship, award winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, performer, teacher & Nationally touring musician.

Born in North Carolina, raised in Oklahoma, and with roots stretching from Louisiana to Canada, and Scotland to the Native Americans, Wendy Songe weaves an eclectic tapestry of diverse instruments, cultures and songs from across the globe.

Classically trained in piano from the age of five, Wendy's firm foundation in music has paved her way to a myriad of other instruments, including guitar, ukulele, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, djembe, bodhran, celtic whistle, native flute and more.  Her songwriting, poetry, vocal and instrumental proficiency have earned her multiple state, regional and national awards.
Wendy continues to promote music education, teaching private, group and online lessons to students of every age and experience level.  She also volunteers her time and talent, giving hundreds of hours of hands-on music enrichment to disabled adults, through her Pay-it-Forward initiativewith community non-profit outreach agencies.

A self-proclaimed musical gypsy, Wendy Songe tours the country extensively, sharing her music with audiences and students everywhere.  Her music has been featured on radio, television, in print, and at many of the finest music festivals in the United States.

Wendy has released two solo albums to date, both masterfully produced by Bing Futch; 2015, 'Test Drive' -a compilation of traditional and Celtic tunes arranged for Mountain Dulcimer plus an exploratory duet improvisation with Bing Futch; Followed by her new and ALL ORIGINAL 2016 release, 'Driven' -a colorful blend of multiple instruments & genres woven into a lyrical mindscape of sound & song, written by Wendy Songe, and featuring guitar, mountain dulcimer, piano, vocals, native flute, and duet harmonies with Bing Futch.

With more than 30 years of love, experience and devotion to music, Wendy Songe is a true Musical Menagerie - on a mission!

 

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Anne Lough

Anne brings to the stage, school or workshop the finest of traditional music and culture. Her beautiful clear voice thrills listeners as she brings to life the ballads and folk songs of the Appalachians, American frontier and British Isles. Folk dance, storytelling and shaped-note traditions come alive through her skillful presentations and artistry.

Excellence as a performer, teacher and demonstrator, combined with dedication to the preserving and sharing of our wonderful heritage of traditional music bring a rare and unique quality to every presentation. 

Anne is a nationally known traditional musician with over thirty-five years experience in performance and teaching. A native of Springfield, Virginia, Anne has been around music all her life and began playing and singing folk music as a young teen. 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, Kentucky, and a Master of Music Education Degree from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. She now devotes all her time to festivals, workshops, performances and school residencies. 

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 and at numerous other festivals and workshops throughout the country. Equally at home on guitar, autoharp, mountain and hammered dulcimer, Anne's mastery is impressive. Her artistic interpretation, sensitive playing style, versatility and skill as an instructor have earned her national acclaim. 

Anne is well known as an instructor and performer of traditional singing, storytelling, folklore, folk dance and the shaped-note tradition, but her repertoire ranges from classical music to old standards, show tunes and sacred music. Her programs have delighted and inspired all ages from day-care and pre-school children to Elderhostelers. Active in schools as a Visiting Artist, Anne is also on the Touring Artist Roster for the North Carolina Arts Council.  

Anne's music can be heard on a number of recordings, Smoky Mountain educational videos, public radio and a recent PBS Christmas Special. She has also published several collections of arrangements for the mountain and hammered dulcimer. 

"Anne Lough is a stunning, accomplished musician with an impressive range of musical achievements. Her artistry is poignant, lyrical and always in the best of style."

Roger Reichmuth, Chairman, Music Department
Murray State University, Murray Ky.

 

Mike Anderson

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.