Award-winning musicians Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn will perform a holiday concert at 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia, 27 Albany St. The two are celebrating the release of "Be the Light," their new CD celebrating the Christmas season.
Duggan is known nationally for his wizardry on hammered dulcimer and flat-picking guitar, and is the recipient of the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. He has recorded five albums of original compositions: "First Frost," "Last of May," "Seasons of Change," "Trillium Lane" and "Once in a Blue Moon" as well as three albums of traditional holiday music "Christmas Morn," "Winters Eve," and "All Through The Night." Duggan's family album, "The Pieces of Our Life," original songs written with children, received a 1998 Parents Choice Approval Award. His dulcimer work can also be heard on Paul Simon's Grammy nominated album "You're The One" released in October of 2000 and the Paul Simon collection released in 2002.
Duggan and Lynn have recently released "A Stitch in Time," songs celebrating the art and heritage of quilting, "Grandsongs," songs for generations to sing together and a holiday album, "Keeping Christmas," traditional and original seasonal songs and tunes featuring hammered dulcimer, guitar, piano and concertina.
Peggy Lynn has made four recordings of original songs, a recording with Dan Berggren of songs inspired by the Adirondack mountains and two trio albums with Berggren and Duggan: "10 Miles to Saturday Night" and "Jamcrackers." Peggy has also had great success with her family recordings of songs about nature, "BioSongs" and "Close to the Sun". In 2004 Peggy co-authored the highly acclaimed book "Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks." She has been honored by the Business and Professional Women's Association as "Woman of the Year" and by the Girl Scouts as a "Woman of Distinction." Best loved for her songs highlighting women's accomplishments, Peggy's song "Mary Brown, Abolitionist" was used as the cover piece on "Songs for Peace Magazine." Peggy is the mother of two daughters.
The two combine original and traditional seasonal songs and tunes with masterful harmonies and soulful arrangements. Their concerts have delighted audiences from Maine to California. Come and celebrate with Dan and Peggy the magic of this wonderful season and the release of their new album "Be the Light." This will be a holiday concert you will long remember. The Cazenovia Rotary Club will host a reception at the church's meetinghouse immediately following the concert. A freewill offering will be taken at the door. For more information contact 655-3191.