Friday, February 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Winter/Spring 2016 Concert Series
sponsored in part by:
Muriel Anderson: “Wonderlust”
Muriel Anderson’s new audiovisual show ”Wonderlust” is a must-see as well as a must-hear! Her world-renowned guitar and harp guitar playing is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen. The first woman to win the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, Muriel Anderson has performed with country legend Chet Atkins, jazz great Les Paul, Victor Wooten, and continues to thrill audiences with her unique and joyous style. Currently named by Guitar World as one of eight amazing female acoustic players, Anderson is one of the few international touring harp-guitarists. Her recent CD Nightlight Daylight has already won eleven national awards. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. An engaging performer, Anderson’s unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto. Anderson is the host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity.
A native of Wisconsin, singer and guitarist Dede Wyland honed her bluegrass skills from 1975 through 1979 playing throughout the Midwest and Central states with the Milwaukee-based band ’Grass, Food & Lodging. She then moved to New York, where she became a founding member of Tony Trischka and Skyline, one of the leading progressive bluegrass groups of the 1980s. She toured internationally with Skyline through the ’80s. During those years her clear, powerful voice made her a perennial nominee in the annual awards poll of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). As one of the few women at the time who was performing in a high-profile touring bluegrass band, Wyland was a role model and an artistic influence for a generation of female bluegrass musicians who would shape the music in the years to come. After leaving Skyline in 1987, Wyland moved to Tucson, Arizona, and then to the Washington-Baltimore area in 1990, performing regionally and concentrating on her work as a vocal coach. Since 1999, her singing has won her a shelf full of “Wammie” awards from the Washington Area Music Association. Her first full-length solo recording, “Keep the Light On” (Patuxent Music 189) was released in 2009, and her career is the subject of its own chapter in Murphy Hicks Henry’s 2013 book “Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass” (University of Illinois Press).
The Sonoran Dogs
Formed in 2011, The Sonoran Dogs have exploded on the bluegrass scene. The “Dogs” headlined the 2014 and the 2015 Prescott Bluegrass Festivals, and the 2014 Tucson Folk Festival. They have performed at California’s Summergrass, Parkfield, and Blythe Bluegrass Festivals, and for the San Diego Folk Heritage. They also performed at the Reno Nevada Bower’s Mansion Festival and Colorado’s Fruita Fall Festival. The Sonoran Dogs are regulars at Arizona festivals in Flagstaff, Sedona, Tucson, Marana, Wickenburg, and Casa Grande. The group is made up of seasoned veterans who have come together to enjoy bluegrass music and friendship. They play a collection of traditional bluegrass standards, new-grass, Americana, folk, Celtic, and original compositions. Every concert is different, as they often improvise the set to follow the mood of their audience. It makes for a fun and dynamic show!