The Worcester Folk Orchestra brings together instrumentalists who love to play reels, jigs, and waltzes. We perform at events in the Worcester area, primarily contra dances, barn dances, or other family-friendly gatherings. Players of acoustic instruments of any age are welcome as long as they can read music and commit to most of the Friday night rehearsals.
"Band with no name" includes Tim Loftus, flute, whistle, and bodhrán; Mike Ladd, guitar and vocals; John Guertin, percussion; Myra, Zoe, and Carolyn, fiddles; and Mary, cello. On the way to a gig, if they see someone wandering along the road carrying a guitar, they may bring him along too, to play Irish tunes with them.
Myra will play solo violin and viola or will arrange an ensemble of musicians to play as strolling or corner musicians, adding a delightful background of Celtic, folk pop, classical and improvisations. Booklover's Gourmet in Webster, P.J.'s New England, and pubs in Newport, Woonsocket RI and Framingham are some of the venues that have enjoyed Myra's music, as well as special events at Worcester's Centrum (DCU Center) and Arts Worcester.
Myra is fond of the stage at Mechanic's hall, and gets onto it every chance she gets. She's also enjoyed playing in the pit orchestra at the Foothills Theater for a "Patsy Cline" revue.
Myra will join your cast of performers or organize a group specially for your occasion. Whether acoustic or electric, you will be pleased with the quality and freshness of her performance. Experience: Coffeehouses and festivals throughout New England and New York with the former Patchwork, Generic String Band and Frosty Morn'. Also appears with the best of Worcester's folk musicians whenever possible.
Myra will work with the bride and groom and their families to make the day perfect! Meet for tea at the Athol studio to draw up a contract and to choose your musical selections. We will play for the prelude, providing a calm, beautiful background for greeting and seating, for the ceremony, incorporating music throughout, if desired, and for the recessional, putting a peppy spring in the steps of all present. Additionally, you may request our playing during the dinner.
We will, if our schedule allows us, play for organizations who are not for profit, at lesser rates.
If you are a professional musician working on a CD, please contact Myra for the addition of electric or acoustic violin or viola. She has worked with many local musicians, including Denis Coughlin, Chuck and Mud and John Michaels.