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April 21, 2001

Annie Wenz is best known for her contemporary acoustic sound, described as etherial and spiritual. In her performance she blended her folk compositions with multicultural influences and rhythms, powerful stories of her travels around the world, warm humor, intricate guitar stylings and passionate Native American flute melody-dances.

Originally from New York, Annie spent her earlier years performing her piano compositions internationally. She accompanied herself on guitar and on a Native American flute, whose haunting tones set a magical mood. Her goal is to bring people together through music, and she succeeded very well on our stage. Her diverse audiences often cross age and cultural boundaries; her latest CD Time is Magic includes guest artists Duke Levine, Brooks Williams, Annie Burns and Glen Velez.

  Link to Annie's web site  


If you didn't brave the icy elements to come to the January hard luck Open Mike, you missed an outrageously entertaining bluegrass jam by local favorites Burnt Potatoes, and we felt we owed everyone a chance to see them in better weather — and are we glad we did !

The band comprises its leader John Chainey on fiddle, mandolin & vocals, George Cannova on guitar & vocals, Jack Murphy on string bass, Rich White on dobro and Dennis Corbett on banjo. Dennis also is at the helm of the L.I. Bluegrass Society. Everybody took turns providing their own specialities and tunes. These musicians have played together in various configurations for years, evolving into Burnt Potatoes about four years ago. We're very pleased that the Folk Music Society and L.I. Bluegrass Society can show off for each other and for everyone's enjoyment!