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x200815 RONN MCFARLANE Bower Center Concert Series

Bower Center Concert Series

Ronn McFarlane
Celtic Lutenist

Saturday, August 15  7:00 pm

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Bower Center For the Arts
305 North Bridge Street
Bedford, Virginia  24523

Bower Community Concert Series

Ronn McFarlane is reinventing the lute by bringing it into twenty-first century folk music and making it accessible to modern audiences.  In fact, he’s one of the only modern musicians to write new music for this historic instrument.  His Celtic- and Americana-influenced compositions combine with traditional music in virtuosic performances that captivate audiences. His newest solo album, The Celtic Lute, was called “a beguiling recording” by BBC Music Magazine, and it’s still going strong and continuing to receive great media attention.  Here’s a video of one of the tunes from the album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qHrDug0JM0

“one of the most impressive lutenists ever to record”
-American Record Guide

“Ronn McFarlane has the strength of heart, knows the beat of the Celtic soul, both past and present.” – ConcertoNet.com

“Sit back and relax.  Let the music captivate you.  Let it wash over you and leave the world behind.”
-Positive Feedback

GRAMMY-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane has brought lute music to stages throughout North America, England, Scotland, Germany, and the Netherlands, and is known across the globe as being one of the best lute players around.  With incredible virtuosity, Ronn is reinventing the lute by playing a combination of eclectic Celtic and Americana-inspired original lute music, plus his own arrangements of traditional Celtic music (which is the theme of his new solo album, The Celtic Lute).  Please see the following videos of Ronn performing two of his originals to get an idea:

“Indigo Road” www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDtBUePhlzU
“Pinetops” www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtBA-0GgUG8

Here are a couple recent videos, featuring tunes from his new solo album:

“The Kid on the Mountain” (Traditional Irish) www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy1yI9FuEVo
“Banish Misfortune” (Traditional Irish) www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qHrDug0JM0
“The Battle of Harlaw” (Traditional Scottish) www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn-fIe22bqk

“…anyone impressed with the dexterity required by speed rock ought to see what Mr. McFarlane does when he flashes his fingers across the fretboard of a stout lute. Little wonder his performance received a standing ovation.”
-The Wall Street Journal

For more information:
$ 10 in advance online
$12 at the door

Our concerts are normally sold-out, so we advise getting your tickets early!

Mark your calendar now and join us!

Bower Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. BCA’s mission is to make visual and performing arts available to the Bedford region, to become a creative force and an educational resource for the community, and to harness the economic vitality of the arts.

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Reserved Tickets are strongly recommended: Seating for Bower Center events are sometimes limited.
Please arrive on time: Latecomers will be seated at a suitable pause in the performance, in the nearest seat available.
For more information: Please call the Box Office; (540) 586-4235
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