Peggy Lynn, singer, songwriter and arts educator brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her endeavors. With a sultry, yet powerful alto voice, Peggy gives a clear message of the passion underlying her songs. While her style and range give meaning and feeling to all her work, her most powerful message, her passion, is for the contributions and burdens of women. Peggy ranges from folksy to blues with equal ease, alone or harmonizing with others.
With a BA in Women’s Studies to her credit, Peggy is pursuing a Masters degree in Women’s History. This study will provide more fuel for future songwriting, to be sure. Through Arts in Education programs, Peggy brings to light the important role women played in shaping the history of New York. “Balancing the Scales: Women in Adirondack History” encourages students to look beyond the textbook to discover women’s amazing accomplishments.
In 1996, Peggy was selected as the Adirondack Woman of the Year by the Adirondack Business & Professional Women’s Association. The Adirondack Girl Scout Council recognized Peggy in 1998 as an Adirondack Woman of Distinction. Both are peer recognized honors. In 2005, the Adirondack Mountain Club awarded Peggy the Arthur E. Newkirk Education award.
Peggy has recorded four solo CD’s and another four with either or both Dan Duggan and Dan Berggren. Collaboration with both these incredible musicians continues to enrich and expand the listener’s world with new, original works and fresh arrangements of traditional songs.
more at: www.quercusmusic.com
Molly Andrews is recognized as one of the finest interpreters of southern Appalachian music and varied genres, bringing directness and intensity to everything she sings. Born the granddaughter of coal miners in Bluefield, WV, her lineage trails deep into pre-revolutionary southwest Virginia and the 'lost province' of Ashe County, North Carolina, hence a natural affinity for the old songs. She employs particular intuition and versatility as traditional acapella and interpretive singer, multi-instrumentalist and songsmith, for the edification of all concerned.
Molly has performed extensively on stages great and small across the US and abroad, from venues as diverse as Oxfords' Holywell Music Room to CBGBs in New York, with artists ranging from Mike Seeger to John Zorn. First working in musical theatre in 1995 at Arts at St. Anns in NYC, principal roles have followed in Equity houses across the country. Molly is a recipient of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for her role in 'Fire On the Mountain' at Northlight in 2007. She is a member of the historically informed, multicultural crossover quartet Hesperus.
"Molly Andrews, she's a marvelous singer. She's one of my very most favorite ballad singers." - The late Mike Seeger
"Andrews is a quintessential roots vocalist." - John Moore, Denver Post
"I consider myself a pretty good judge of the female voice and of all the hundreds of scores of female singers I have heard, Molly Andrews and Triona NiDhomnhaill are my favorites ever. Sans peer."
- Fred Boyce, of the late, great Prism Coffeehouse, Charlottesville, VA
more at: mollyandrews.com
Fré Atlast, Musician, Teacher, Musical Visionary, has been performing and teaching drumming for over 25 years. Her area of expertise, working with special populations, includes teaching at preschools, nursing homes, rehabs, and other institutions. She has been on the teaching staff of Potential Unlimited, since its inception as a summer music program for gifted developmentally disabled adults. She also co-produces a highly successful women’s drum camp that has been presented annually since 1998. Fre has led a weekly community drum group in Woodstock, N.Y. since 1994. She is the Program Director of The Elders Drum Project.