GRHook Photo…Many Thanks!

‘Tis truly a blessing to count talented Artists as friends who choose to gift you with expressions of that talent. Singing Pilgrims is glad to count Gary Hook as one of those friends. We were fortunate to have Gary join us on our journey at the North Texas Irish Festival in March and he graced us with some of his handiwork–shots taken during out Saturday afternoon set. We hope you enjoy perusing these beautiful photos as much as we have. If you want to see more of Gary’s outstanding work, please visit his website at: http://www.grhookphoto.com

The Albuquerque Renaissance Faire

Singing Pilgrims is excited to be invited to perform at the 5th Annual Albuquerque Renaissance Faire on Saturday, April 29th at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. We’ll be playing on the “East Village” stage from 1:15pm – 2:15pm and then at the “Tilted Tankard Tavern” from 3pm – 3:30pm where you can enjoy food and libations from local vendors including St. Clair Winery, Quarter Celtic Brewery, Falcon Mead, Bosque Brewing, Broken Trail Spirits and Boxing Bear Brewing.

The event goes all day beginning at 10am and ending at 5pm and will have live entertainment, living history, Village Shopping, a free Children’s Realm, a Commoner’s Food Court, The Order of Epona group with live equestrian jousting battles (at 11am and 3pm), and plenty of opportunities to cheer on your favorite knights during the armored combat demonstrations.

Get your little knights, princes and princesses ready for battle with free face painting. They will also be able to join in with multiple performers including Wise Fool circus arts, crafts, and more! Test their might with Fight a Knight on the battle field. Fight a Knight will be held at noon and 4 p.m. Children’s activities are free.

All attendees are highly encouraged to bring your favorite four legged family members! Don’t leave them out of the fun and be sure to dress them up for the Faire Ware Show. The Pet Fashion Contest will be at 1:30 p.m. on the battle field. Sign up at the event.

A variety of food trucks will serve your favorites along with other concessions of traditional Renaissance themed food including turkey legs, corn on the cob, baked goods and more.

Hope to see you all there!

Prices:

General Admission Adult; ages 13+: $10
Children; ages 4 – 12: $5
Children; ages 3 and Under: Free
Tickets are available for purchase at Hold My Ticket and will be available at the door. Get yours today!Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome and encouraged to attend.The Albuquerque Renaissance Faire is a rain or shine event.

Meet the Band!

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It has been said that everybody has a story to tell. Singing Pilgrims’ story started over twenty years ago.

Jeanne, a veteran performer both in choirs and on the stage, opened a folk music store with her husband over two decades ago. For years the couple influenced Albuquerque’s musical community through Apple Mountain Music’s multiple outreaches, not to mention opening their doors to students and teachers alike. Workshops were regular occurrences. Countless groups owe their beginnings to their tireless efforts, including the ever popular Albuquerque Folk Festival. One of the longer lasting musical groups that Jeanne directed was the Apple Mountain Harp Kids. Built mostly from her own personal harp students, the group had opportunities to perform on radio, television and multiple festivals throughout each year. Her love for folk music transferred to each of her students, some of which have gone on to perform in such prestigious places like Carnegie Hall. While her award-winning vocals have always been prominent throughout her musical career, she has moved around a bit on instruments. In her former family band, she was known for her sizzling hammered dulcimer skills. In Singing Pilgrims, however, she has opted to return her focus to her first love, the acoustic guitar.

Two of Jeanne’s former harp students, sisters Gabrielle and Natasha Coffing, round out the trio that makes up the core of Singing Pilgrims. All three have a long history in the performing arts.

No stranger to the stage, Gabrielle has expanded her performing arts experience to include every position in the theatre, both on and off the stage. But she credits many of the important musical and life lessons learned from working with Jeanne throughout the years. “She taught us how to play through anything, and that we are not perfect. If we make a mistake, learn from it, smile, and move on.” Gabrielle enjoys the challenge of moving to different instruments for whatever sound the band needs. You will usually find her on the drum or piano, but she is happy to be sitting behind the harp and guitar again. “People often ask me what my favorite instrument to play is. I can never decide!”

Natasha is often the driving force behind the band’s instrumentals. She has loved the violin from a young age. At times, she can elicit tears with her haunting bow and strings, while moments later, one feels the urge to jump up and dance to her sparkling tunes. Not only is she skilled at arranging other people’s compositions, but she has turned out a fair number of originals herself. Not content with just one instrument, she has composed stirring numbers on the violin, harp and piano.

So how did these ladies manage to stay together all these years? Well, it helps that they are family 🙂 While only Natasha and Gabrielle are blood related, they affectionately call Jeanne “Auntie,” or, more commonly, “Mama J.” While their paths have diverged over time, they always end up together again, in some form or fashion. And now, after so many memories together, they find themselves poised for even greater adventures.

Let the Journey continue!!