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New Ayreheart Single on iTunes

"John Barleycorn," the new single from the upcoming Ayreheart album, Barley Moon, is now available on iTunes! Get it today at itunes.apple.com/us/album/barley-moon-single Barley Moon will be released in full on June 24 on the award-winning Sono Luminus record label. Pre-order your copy today at www.amazon.com/Barley-Moon-CD-Blu-Ray-Audio[http://www.amazon.com/Barley-Moon-CD-Blu-Ray-Audio/dp/B01CIXVXNE]

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New Ayreheart Album: Barley Moon

The long awaited new Ayreheart recording, Barley Moon, is now available for Amazon pre-order! This brand new album, featuring music from the live Ayreheart program, Will You Walk the Woods so Wild, is comprised of Renaissance music and old traditional folk songs, showcasing the surprising parallels between high art music and folk music. It will be released June 24 on the award-winning Sono Luminus record label. "Here is music...

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CLEVELANDCLASSICAL.COM

ClevelandClassical.com Renaissance band Ayreheart at the Bop Stop (April 7) April 18, 2016 by Mike Telin On Thursday, April 7 at the Bop Stop, the Renaissance band Ayreheart presented a  concert titled “Will You Walk the Woods so Wild.” The captivating program — performed by Ronn McFarlane, lute, Brian Kay, vocals and lute, Will Morris, colascione, and Mattias Rucht, percussion — explored the intersection between folk music and...

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clevelandclassical.com

ClevelandClassical.com Ayreheart to play two area performances this weekend April 4, 2016 by Mike Telin On Thursday, April 7 at 8:00 pm at the Bop Stop, the band Ayreheart (Ronn McFarlane, lute, Brian Kay, vocals and lute, Will Morris, colascione, and  Mattias Rucht, percussion) will present a concert titled “Will You Walk the Woods so Wild.” The concert will be repeated on Friday, April 8 at Kent Unitarian...

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San Diego Story

SAN DIEGO STORY   Reviewing San Diego's Professional Performing Arts The Baltimore Consort — Singing and Dancing for the Bard[http://www.sandiegostory.com/the-baltimore-consort-singing-and-dancing-for-the-bard/] By Ken Herman For those who plan concerts, anniversaries can provide a convenient crutch. Or unexpected inspiration. In its Sunday (March 13) concert for the San Diego Early Music Society in La Jolla, the visiting Baltimore Consort used 2016’s status as the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare to organize its program in...

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Dakota Midday: First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Dakota Midday: First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare By LORI WALSH[http://listen.sdpb.org/people/lori-walsh] The book that gave the world William Shakespeare is one of the most treasured tomes of all time. Shakespeare’s First Folio is visiting the National Music Museum on the campus of the University of South Dakota. It’s a traveling exhibit from the Folger Shakespeare Library and it’s making one stop in each of the 50 states. Dakota...

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Early Music Now’s Baltimore Consort Concert

Shepherd Express Early Music Now’s Baltimore Consort Concert The spirit of Renaissance music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church By Rick Walters[http://shepherdexpress.com/by-author-52-1.html] The 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare is triggering all kinds of activities around the world in 2016. The first to hit the Milwaukee classical scene was a friendly, charming concert by The Baltimore Consort on Saturday evening (Feb. 13) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, part of the Early...

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Baltimore Consort brings virtuosity to spirited Shakespearean songs

[http://www.jsonline.com/]\"Tap[http://www.jsonline.com/tap] Baltimore Consort brings virtuosity to spirited Shakespearean songs By Elaine Schmidt, Special to the Journal Sentinel Feb. 14, 2016 In terms of early music, 36 years is a mere blink of an eye — unless that's the age of an early music ensemble. The Baltimore Consort,[http://www.baltcons.com/] founded in 1980, appeared at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Saturday as part of the Early Music Now[http://earlymusicnow.org/] series, performing a delightfully animated program of music tied to the plays...

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Music review: ‘Perpetual Motion’ inspires with celestial sounds

\"Santa[http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/] Music review: ‘Perpetual Motion’ inspires with celestial sounds By Heather J. Morris POSTED: 02/10/16, 1:57 PM PST I heard it said recently, “Ah, Baroque music – that’s old stuff, outdated and tedious.” But for the people living back in the 17th century, however, it was cutting edge, avant-garde. This was brought home vividly on Saturday evening by the program presented by the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival which drew a completely full...

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New York Times Review: With Two Lutenists, Boston Early Music Festival Comes to the Morgan

The New York Times Review: With Two Star Lutenists, Boston Early Music Festival Comes to the Morgan By JAMES R. OESTREICH[http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/o/james_r_oestreich/index.html]JAN. 17, 2016 Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/18/arts/music/review-with-two-star-lutenists-boston-early-music-festival-comes-to-the-morgan.html?ref=music The Boston Early Music Festival[http://www.bemf.org/] traveled light for its latestconcert[http://www.themorgan.org/programs/paul-o%E2%80%99dette-and-ronn-mcfarlane] at the Morgan Library & Museum on Friday evening, The program, “For Two Lutes,” offered just two performers playing easily portable instruments: the stellar and widely recorded lutenists Paul O’Dette[http://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/odette_paul] (an artistic director of the festival) and Ronn McFarlane[http://www.ronnmcfarlane.com/]. The two proved a beautiful match, seamless in their exchanges and well...

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San Francisco Classical Voice

Playful Period Pieces from Shakespeare's Time with the Baltimore Consort By Joe Cadagin, November 23, 2015 There’s a popular genre of Shakespeare-themed concerts in which an orchestra or college opera program performs excerpts from the most popular Shakespearean musical works — Gounod, Berlioz, or Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and a whole lot of Verdi.  In its concert on Friday, Nov. 20, at Palo Alto’s First Presbyterian church, the Baltimore Consort...

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The Star Democrat

The Star Democrat stardem.com Christ Church Concert Series to begin this Sunday EASTON — The Christ Church Concert Series begins a new season at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, with Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane and his ensemble, Ayreheart. Performing as a quartet (vocals, two lutes, colascione and percussion), Ayreheart will present “Will You Walk the Woods so Wild,” a program of Renaissance music from the British Isles. Music...

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The Talbot Spy

Grammy-Nominated Lutenist Ronn McFarlane to Perform With Ensemble Ayreheart September 23, 2015 by Christ Church Easton[http://talbotspy.org/author/christchurcheaston/] The Christ Church Concert Series begins a new season this Sunday, September 27 at 4:00 p.m. with Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane and his ensemble, Ayreheart. \"Screen[http://talbotspy.org/files/2015/09/Screen-Shot-2015-09-22-at-11.57.15-PM.jpg]Performing as a quartet (vocals, two lutes, colascione and percussion), Ayreheart will present “Will You Walk the Woods so Wild,” a program of Renaissance music from the British Isles. Music of John...

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Takoma Park Folk Festival

Takoma Park Folk Festival Q&A with Ronn McFarlane of Ayreheart August 12, 2015 Emily Kaiser Ayreheart creates new music from ancient instruments. We've recently had the opportunity to ask Ronn McFarlane a few questions about the song and video for Taste of Lightning. Ayreheart will be playing the World Stage at 5pm.   Q: What was the inspiration behind the song and video for Taste of Lightning? The inspiration...

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The Hometown Observer

From The Hometown Observer *Grammy nominated Lute artist Ronn McFarlane to perform at Hills Chapel in New Market* Grammy nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane will appear in concert at The Hill Chapel, located at 6 E. Main St., New Market 21774 on Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. No tickets but donations will be accepted. McFarlane will perform eclectic, Celtic-inspired original lute music, as well as some traditional...

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The Free Lance-Star Ayreheart Article

From Fredericksburg.com Powered by The Free Lance-Star These classical cats can play a lute just like ringin' a bell By Stephen Hu The lute is a European stringed instrument that peaked in popularity about 400 years ago, and Ronn McFarlane thinks the time is right for a comeback. McFarlane and his group, Ayreheart, have two lute players. The music they make combines melodies from the Renaissance and Baroque periods...

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Ballo detto il Conte Orlando & Saltarello

Ballo detto il Conte Orlando & Saltarello composed by Simone Molinaro arranged by Ronn McFarlane and Ayreheart

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Apollo's Fire review

  comments Apollo's Fire and guests stoke the embers of Elizabethan lute music and songs to 'Drive the Cold Winter Away' (review)     Lutenist Ronn McFarlane joined soprano Meredith Hall and Apollo's Fire and friends for the ensemble's annual Fireside Concerts last week, with two performances at Rockefeller's restaurant in Cleveland Heights.   By *Special to The Plain Dealer *[http://connect.cleveland.com/user/clevepdspeci/posts.html] January 27, 2014     By Mark Satola Rockefeller's restaurant in Cleveland Heights was transformed from its usual culinary...

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Nine Notes that Shook the World

From Sono Luminus ~ GRAMMY®-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane is joined by flutist Mindy Rosenfeld to create the latest release from Sono Luminus, Nine Notes that Shook the World. This release will include a surround-sound Blu-ray® disc and a standard CD. Explained by Mindy Rosenfeld, “This recording is a gathering of some of our favorites, a musical feast. A wide cross section of styles, both ‘folk and fyne,’ evocative and...

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Apollo's Fire colleagues apply warmth and drama to music of Vivaldi and friends (review)

By Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer February 2, 2013 Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, is always on the lookout for new ways to present old music. Its latest invention is a series of “Fireside” Concerts featuring a small contingent of players in chamber music, for which no conductor needs apply. The first program in the series, “The Intimate Vivaldi,” could have included music director Jeannette Sorrell, who, in addition...

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review of Two Lutes

CD Review Two Lutes: Lute Duets from England's Golden Age Ronn McFarlane & William Simms By Daniel Hathaway Lute music flourished during the Renaissance, but most of the repertoire that has come down to us was writtne for single players.  Ronn McFarlane and William Simms have selected twenty-seven works for lute duet from the over eighty examples that survive and have recorded them winningly for the...

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Two Lutes – A New CD from Ronn and William Simms

Two Lute CD Cover From Sono Luminus ~ Sono Luminus is proud to release Two Lutes: Lute Duets from England’s Golden Age, a wonderful collection of enchanting music performed by lute virtuosos Ronn McFarlane and William Simms. As stated by Ronn McFarlane, “Elizabethan lute duets yield the most companionable and friendly kind of music-making for the players. In equal duets each lutenist plays nearly the same music, alternating...

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The Borgias

SHOWTIME TV SERIES WILL USE RONN MCFARLANE TRACKS "The Borgias," depicting the powerful 16th century Italian family, has licensed two tracks from Ronn McFarlane's discography: "Catena d'Amore" by Cesare Negri from the Between Two Hearts CD, and "Passacaglia" by Alessandro Piccinni from The Renaissance Lute CD for the premier episode of its second season.  The new season premiers on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 10 PM ET/PT.  

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Review of The Art of Vivaldi's Lute in Gramophone magazine, October 2011

http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/browse/345/365/9340/3/15/0/ *Ronn McFarlane's lute is ever present in this varied and pleasurable programme* Vivaldi's output is so vast that listeners have opportunities to hear only a fraction of the composer's creative gifts.  So this new disc by the Bach Sinfonia, which is based near Washington DC, provides pleasurable engagement with music beyond the famed climatic concertos and other works that have raised the composer to such a high status....

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Ronn at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival

I had a great time this past weekend playing at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Friday night, was a performance with the Baltimore Consort. We played a program of English Broken Consort music - the music that the BC was created to play.  Saturday morning, we had a children's show with a great turnout of youngsters and their parents. It was a beautiful thing to see...

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Podcast interview with Ronn McFarlane on Indigo Road

This Harmonia Early Music Podcast can be heard and downloaded at InstantEncore: http://www.instantencore.com/buzz/item.aspx?FeedEntryId=143844

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Indigo Road CD featured on Harmonia Early Music radio broadcast this week

Ronn McFarlane's GRAMMY nominated recording, Indigo Road is featured on this week's radio broadcast of Harmonia, a nationally broadcast program devoted to Early Music       http://indianapublicmedia.org/harmonia/ronn-mcfarlane-indigo-road/

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The Art of Vivaldi's Lute is "Pick of the Week" for WETA in Washington, DC

* * * * * * * * Week of June 27, 2011 A brand-new release by Washington’s own Bach Sinfonia features the talents of lutenist Ronn McFarlane.  * * * * http://www.weta.org/fm/features/cdpick/Art+Vivaldi’s+Lute * * * * *The Art of Vivaldi’s Lute | WETA* * www.weta.org * The title of this...

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A New CD from Ronn & The Bach Sinfonia

Ronn recently collaborated with  The Bach Sinfonia for an album of compositions by Vivaldi. The CD album is currently available from Sono Luminus, while digital downloads are available through iTunes. The CD is also available for preorder at Amazon.com. Links are included at the bottom of the article. From the Sono Luminus website: One of the United States best period instrument ensembles teams up with one of the...

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Of Love and Evil

I just learned about the new Anne Rice novel, Of Love and Evil.  I heard from one of her enthusiastic readers that the main character in the book is a Renaissance lute player named Toby.  And at the end of the book, in the Author's Note, she writes:  "With regard to the Renaissance lute, I listened to a good deal of music while writing this...

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It's a Wammie!

It’s a Wammie!   Each year, not long after the GRAMMY Awards are announced, the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) presents the Wammies!   The Wammie winner for Best Classical Recording of 2010 is Blame Not My Lute Ronn McFarlane, lute & Robert Aubry Davis, spoken word.   This program of Elizabethan lute music and poetry is one that Ronn and Robert have performed together live for many years.  ...

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Ronn Discusses One Morning on the Naxos Blog

Ronn recently spent time discussing the lute, musical inspiration, and his new album, One Morning, with Raymond Bisha of the Naxos blog. The conversation is available as a podcast and features extended clips of several tracks from the new CD. You can listen to the interview on the Naxos Blog by clicking on the link below. http://blog.naxos.com/2010/06/01/podcast-one-morning-with-ronn-mcfarlane/

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One Morning Now Available for Purchase

One Morning is now available for purchase from a variety of retail outlets. "A new day dawns with GRAMMY® nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane's new album One Morning. The follow-up release to his wildly popular original music album Indigo Road, Ronn continues to show the world that the lute is a living instrument suited for more than just classical performances by past composers, but is ready to introduce new music into the world. Joined...

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Through the Looking Glass

I was already in bed when the phone rang. I let the answering machine take the call, rolled over and had a good night’s sleep. The next morning, I was amazed and delighted to find that Indigo Road really was one of the five nominees in the “Best Classical Crossover Album” category. My first Grammy nomination! And I was delighted to learn that Paul O’Dette and Stephen...

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Indigo Road Nominated for Grammy

Winchester, VA – Dorian  / Sono Luminus  is very proud to announce that  world renowned American lute player Ronn McFarlane has been nominated for a Grammy Award as announced by the Recording Academy last week. McFarlane’s album Indigo Road (dorian / sono luminus) has been nominated in the Best Classical Crossover Album category. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards are to be held on February 8, 2009. McFarlane...

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One Morning Release

The album's title tune “One Morning” was written one early Spring morning - a surprise respite from the Winter chill, making the spirit feel full of possibility and glad to be alive.  It was on of those moments when one realizes, with rare clarity, that with every day come an opportunity for a new beginning. This is also the debut recording with the instrumentalist of my new...

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