February 24, 2012, 6:15 & 7:30pm
Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
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Ross Sutter and Laura MacKenzie, joined by dancer and fiddler Danielle Enblom, from Ireland, will present a Family Concert program of Irish and Scottish songs. Tunes will flow from the concertina, Irish bodhran drum, flutes, bagpipes, and fiddle in this Celtic Music Fest. The audience is invited to sing, play, and dance along with the performers to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Sutter and MacKenzie’s very popular Celtic children's recording, "Mama Will You Buy Me a Banana?"
Well known for his exceptional baritone voice, Ross Sutter is superb singer of traditional song. He plays an impressive collection of instruments (dulcimers, button accordion, bones, guitar) and is a dynamite player of the Irish bodhran. A Bush Foundation Performing Arts Fellow, Laura MacKenzie has been well-honored in the world of traditional music, performing on a dazzling array of wind-powered instruments (flutes, whistles, pipes, concertina). She is also a fine singer, and her duet vocals with Ross are especially captivating. Ross & MacKenzie have been performing together for aeons, appearing at festivals and concert halls as well as schools and community centers. Their musical chemistry is an amalgam of the warmth, humor and understanding gained through many years in traditional music.
They have performed at the Dublin Irish Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest and numerous other festivals, fairs and concert halls, presenting the balladry of Scotland, songs of Robert Burns, and dance tunes of the Scottish and Irish countrysides.
Ross & MacKenzie's community and school programs can include Irish or Scottish dancers and the teaching of Irish, Scottish and English song games. Their family programs, kids shows, and workshops are frequently offered in conjunction with concert appearances.