SINGING PILGRIMS

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SINGING PILGRIMS is an intergenerational trio performing Celtic, traditional and original music that is so much more than melody and rhythm. Their songs are personal expressions of the path they have walked together for over two decades and their story is woven into the fabric of each tune.

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The SINGING PILGRIM band members have been making music together for over 20 years–beginning when Bria and Natasha were small children in “The Apple Mountain Harp Kids” ensemble directed by Jeanne. Their musical journey morphed through their growing up years  as they played on concert stages, radio, television, festivals and private events leading them to finally form the SINGING PILGRIMS trio in 2014. Since then, they have performed all over the nation and have recently traveled to Ireland, sharing their music in pubs and concert venues all along the way.

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Jeanne Page is the matriarch of the group (affectionately called “Mama J” by her fellow band-mates) , and is a best-selling author of Hammered Dulcimer books with Mel Bay Publications. While the hammered dulcimer was Jeanne’s main instrument in previous bands, in “Singing Pilgrims,” she focuses on her first love, the guitar.

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Natasha Coffing is a multi-instrumentalist composing on the piano as well as the Celtic harp, but long ago, the fiddle became the instrument that felt most at home in her hands. Tasha’s aggressive and passionate playing style has become the centerpiece of the “Singing Pilgrims” signature sound.

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Gabrielle Coffing (Bria) rounds out the trio and it has been harder to nail her down to one primary instrument. She provides a strong rhythmic heartbeat on bodhran or dumbek for Tasha’s sparkling jigs and reels but moves to the keyboards for most of the vocal numbers.

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The long, shared history of the band members brings a unique perspective and expression to their music. High powered fiddle tunes, soulful ballads in three part harmony and heart felt stories fill out a Singing Pilgrims program with all three ladies taking a turn on the Celtic harp- the instrument that brought them together and solidified their life-long friendship.