December 7, 2009
The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center
The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, will be hosting Christmas with the Celts, traditional Christmas music and dance, on Friday December 18th at 6:30 in the church sanctuary. This special tenth anniversary series features Marcille Wallis – hammer dulcimer, Don Pigeon – vocals/flute/whistle/mandolin/banjo, Matt Miller – fiddle, Ann & Cal Lloyd – Irish and Scottish dance, Robin Hendrickson – bagpipes, and introduces to our Florida audiences Michael DeLalla – guitar.
Native Floridian Marcille Wallis is a classically trained pianist who began her musical studies at age six. Using her polished skills and talent she added the guitar and eventually the hammer dulcimer as well as other folk instruments to her repertoire. As a full time professional hammer dulcimer player, Marcille now tours the country entertaining at fairs, festivals, churches, concerts, pubs, bookstores, workshops and private functions. Drawing on her 23 years in the classroom as a Mathematics teacher, Marcille’s shows are both entertaining as well as educational as she takes audiences on a “tour” of the Celtic lands and their history.
With eight CD’s to her credit, Marcille’s music can be heard on radio stations and Internet broadcasts world-wide and on PBS Television across the U.S. Marcille tours as a soloist performing at The Shaker Woods Festival in Columbiana, Ohio, The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, The Mount Dora Art Festival in Florida, The Mount Mitchell Craft Fair in Burnsville, North Carolina, and the Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park in Greater Atlanta, Georgia as well as numerous Howard Alan events. She also occasionally performs in small ensemble and with a full show band which includes a wide variety of musicians as well as a superb dance couple in Traditional Celtic attire. In the period spanning 2000 to the present, Marcille produced three concert series including “Christmas with the Celts,” “My Heart’s In The Highlands (a musical tribute to Robbie Burns),” and a high energy St. Patrick’s Concert Series. In addition to all this, Marcille is also the founder and nucleus of two Celtic Festivals in Southern Florida which she produces every year with her production company, Celtic Heritage Productions, Inc. Learn more about Marcille and friends at www.marcillewallis.com or at www.celticheritageproductions.com. A suggested donation of $5 donation will be collected at the door on the evening of the concert. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please contact Jeff Jordan, Director of Music and the Arts, at 813-634-2539.