Irish and Celtic Music is Season Finale at Standish Art Center


On Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., Equinox will perform the season’s finale concert at the Northeast Michigan Art Center in Standish.

The band is comprised of six musicians, all from Michigan’s tri-city area and brings Celtic music at its best. At the core of the band are traditional pipes, fiddle, flute, whistles and concertina. By adding guitars, mandolin, Middle Eastern and West African percussion, the band expands ancient music to new dimensions. Their repertoire ranges from renditions of the familiar Danny Boy, The Irish Washerwoman, and the tunes of O’Carolan, to hard driving arrangements of Ye Jacobites and Whiskey in the Jar. Having played venues from pubs and weddings to theaters and festivals, Equinox creates a musical experience that appeals to any audience.

Members of Equinox are Saginaw native, Vern Pococke, who provides the pulsing energy of the djembe, percussive sounds, vocals, whistle, recorder and harmonica harmonies. Born and raised in Michigan’s thumb, Jean Marie Learman has been with Equinox since its inception. She provides uplifting vocals along with flute, whistles, concertina and guitar melodies. The band found Bob Pennington at a local breakfast eatery during one of its Celtic conversations over a band meeting! He plays bagpipes, highland pipes, border pipes, small pipes, bass guitar, bodhran and other percussion. Leslie Gregory, often called the “furious, feisty fiddler,” handles fiddle and bow arrangements. Kathy Morris is the newest member of the band, a native of Bay City, Kathy is a former member of the band, Hoolie. She delivers energy with rhythm guitar and bodhran, paired with her vocals and whistles. Rounding out the group is dancer and Saginaw native, Liz Sauer, who adds to the band’s music with her unique dance style. Liz also plays the djembe and dumbek.

For additional information and ticket prices, contact the Art Center at 989-846-9331. The concert is underwritten in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Chemical Bank & Trust Company.


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