September 22, 2014

Art center hosting Celtic concert

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Celtic band Equinox will be playing at the Northeast Art Center in Standish March 10. Front row, from left: Liz Sauer, Jean Marie Learman, Kathy Morris, Bob Pennington. Back row: Leslie Gregory and Vern Pococke.
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STANDISH — The Northeast Art Center will play host to the Irish-Celtic band Equinox March 10 at 2 p.m.

According to a press release from Northeast Michigan Arts Council Executive Director Gail Schmidt, Equinox plays music ranging from traditional renditions of songs like “Danny Boy” and “The Irish Washerwoman” alongside more modern arrangements of songs such as “Ye Jacobites” and “Whiskey in the Jar.”

The band mixes traditional instruments like the fiddle, flute, concertina, pipes and whistles with mandolins, guitars, and percussion instruments from West Africa and the Middle East, according to Schmidt.

It is also made up entirely of people from the Tri-Cities area. Vern Pococke is a Saginaw native and plays the whistle, recorder, harmonica, and percussion instruments; Jean Marie Learman is from the Thumb region, and brings vocals, flutes, whistles, and guitars to the table. Bob Pennington plays the bagpipes, bass guitar, bodhran, and a variety of other pipes, while Leslie Gregory is the band’s fiddler.

Kathy Morris plays guitar and bodhran, and provides vocals as well. Rounding the band out is dancer Liz Sauer, who also plays the djembe and dumbek.

Tickets are available at the Northeast Art Center door, at the corner of US-23 and Grove Street in Standish, starting at 1:30 p.m. on March 10. They will be $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students, and $2 for children under the age of 12. For additional information, contact the Northeast Art Center at 989-846-9331.

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