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Ayreheart was founded by GRAMMY-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane, who strives to bring the lute – the most popular instrument of the Renaissance -­ into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience.  High art Renaissance music meets traditional folk music of the time in this captivating and uplifting performance.  With two lutes, vocals, colascione (a kind of bass lute), and percussion, Ayreheart shows how surprisingly similar the two genres are.  The band centers around the versatile lute textures created by Ronn McFarlane, both as accompaniment and lead instrument.  He conceived and founded the group in the wake of his 2009 Grammy nomination for the album Indigo Road, consisting of his contemporary works for lute.

 

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