"I would recommend this program. Andrea and Laura were knowledgeable and personable and they made the program fun. They were great presenters, very good at balancing the music and the information about the music." -- Ms. Reynolds, Darfur Branch Library
Andrea Stern and Laura MacKenzie share a deep respect and love for traditional Irish and Scottish music. The unusual combination of the Celtic harp with winds creates a wondrous spectrum of sound. Andrea plays a diverse range of musical styles on both the classical and Celtic harp and enjoys arranging traditional tunes. Laura has learned Celtic music from many noted tradition bearers on both sides of the Atlantic, and has herself been recognized as a Master Folk Artist by the Minnesota State Arts Board. Laura performs traditional Irish and Scottish music on wooden flutes, whistles, an array of bagpipes, concertina and voice.
The wizardry of Celtic winds and strings comes alive in Willow Brae, the duo of Andrea Stern (Celtic harp) and Laura MacKenzie (wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, bagpipes, and voice). Willow Brae weaves delightful Irish folktales, stories, and music created by their unique combination of Celtic harp and wind instruments. Traditional Scottish and Irish airs, songs and dance tunes uplift, transport and charm audiences of all ages.
The Magic of Celtic Music & Dance
The music of Ireland comes alive with the duo Willow Brae, accompanied by step dancers from a Twin Cities Irish dance academy. Andrea Stern (Celtic harp) and Laura MacKenzie (wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, bagpipes, voice) perform jigs, reels, hornpipes and airs. The dancers, wearing traditional costuming, demonstrate how Irish dance steps accompany the music. Learn about Irish culture, history and lore through uplifting traditional Celtic music and dances.
Jigs & Jive
Explore music, stories, limericks and lore of Ireland. Learn a simple jig step and how to identify different dance rhythms. Experience the wide range of sounds on wind powered instruments and two harps. This workshop is taught by two artists.