Mike Ladd, a strong musical presence for thirty years in central Massachusetts, now collaborates with Myra, gracing venues around Worcester with his captivating style. John Guertin, Mike's longtime bandmate, adds bodhran, djembe, and other percussion to the mix. Brendan Keenan on mandolin, bouzouki, accordion, and vocals, completes the configuration that is Blackstone Cuil, or Blackstone (Cool) Corner.
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, 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.
This high-energy band formed several years ago when a bunch of friends got together to play and share their love of Irish music. From toe-tapping traditional jigs and reels to our take on covers, we provide great music for any gathering. Currently we are made up of vocals, guitar, flute/whistle, percussion, fiddle and cello. Our venues have included breweries, pubs, cocktail hours, and private parties.
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 Pleasant Street 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.