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Lost Acres String Band

March 17 @ 8:00 pm10:00 pm

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Special St. Patrick’s Day Concert

For the occasion we’ll bring a special guest: harpist Marcie Swift (my wife) with some additional Irish tunes.

Marcie, a psychologist and therapeutic musician, creates sanctuaries of sound that both heal and elevate.  She brings her warmth and energy to concerts.

Old and new fiddle tunes, blues, swing, and exotic originals with Paul Howard on guitar & Jon Swift on upright bass

“Impossible to pigeonhole … unpretentious mood-booster … ranges confidently through several different styles, all handled with aplomb.” – Fiddler magazine

Gordon Swift has played in fusion, rock, folk, and country bands, and he led an electric quartet playing original work in New York City for several years. He studied South Indian classical violin in India and holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. Gordon blends musical influences from around the world into a distinctively American violin/fiddle style.

Paul Howard is a long-time member of the Americana/string band Last Fair Deal, with whom he has recorded four albums. Paul runs Valley Music School in Avon, CT and is a founding faculty member of the National Guitar Workshop with five music instruction books to his credit. He is an eclectic guitarist bringing influences from swing, old-time, bluegrass, and folk/rock music; he’s also an accomplished vocalist.

Jon Swift is a veteran of the New England bluegrass and roots music scene. He was a founding member of the popular bluegrass band Traver Hollow, playing bass and singing with the group for 13 years. He has also sung and played bass or acoustic guitar in several other groups, as well as performing solo. Appearing here on upright bass, Jon lays down a solid foundation for the band.

FIDDLE & HARP: Outlander Concert Night

Travel to Scotland with us! Marcie and Gordon Swift, a married musical couple known as Fiddle & Harp, will pair their musical talents with tunes both riveting and mystical at this thrilling concert & dessert event.

Come hear the Song of the Water Kelpie, a supernatural breed that has been know to emit a plaintive cry at the water’s edge.  And listen to the Seal-Woman’s Sea Joy as she sings to the seals on the western shore of isle of Barra, which the seals answered with their own haunting tones.

This promises to be a program that enchants and delights folks of all ages.  Fiddle & Harp is known for its eclectic mix of music and tales from throughout the world.  Gordon Swift, with his Ph.D in Ethnomusicology is known for his fine inspiring violin playing.  Marcie Swift, both psychologist and therapeutic harpist, is recognized for playing her harp strings with delicacy and tenderness.  Come be transported!

COST: $20 online, $25 at the door

INCLUDES: Scottish Shortbread & non-alcoholic drinks from the British Isles

The Storyteller’s Cottage
750 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT 06070, USA


Channeling Your Inner Wonder Woman!

A 6-week program designed to increase self-awareness of individual gifts and values, and illuminate each participant’s possible path toward making a positive contribution to society. $390 for 6 weeks

TEENS: Sundays from 2:00 – 3:00pm.
WOMEN: Sundays from 4:00 – 5:00pm

Led by Marcie Swift, M.Ed. CMP, a Certified School Psychologist and Certified Music Practitioner of the Harp with over 40 years experience.  Founder and Director of The Swift Center for Learning LLC, and faculty member and retreat leader at Copper Beech Institute,

Our goal is to build resiliency, increase our mindful presence and let go of negative voices that derail our most authentic selves.  We will meet inspiring women, read about great female leaders, scientists and artists, and celebrate our potentials. This workshop may include some on-line assessments that clarify each participant’s personal strengths, interpersonal style and core values potentially influencing personal and professional relationships.  Self-care strategies will be emphasized with a mindfulness-based orientation to address issues of stress, confusion, emotionality and sense of boundaries.  Neurolinguistic programming, therapeutic harp music, guided visualization techniques and bodywork will be taught.   Journal writing and sharing will complement the process.

The participants will have opportunities to meet inspiring female leaders in our community throughout the series.


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Marcie is available for individual therapy to address anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain and inattentiveness in Simsbury, and may be contacted at 860-670-0452 or Email Marcie Swift.