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Celtic Sounds in Sedona’s Red Rocks With “Ally & the Boys”

By Dave Cooper

Red Rocks of Sedona

Avisit to Arizona's Red Rock country is always a good recipe for relaxation. Take a drive to Sedona, about ninety minutes north of Phoenix, and you'll find your spirit immersed in a mystical, spectacular setting. Mix Sedona's uncommon beauty with unique, live music and you've created magic. And on Friday March 4th at 7:30pm it will be “Pure Celtic-Crossover Magic” when the Sedona Performers Guild presents a special Celtic concert by Ally & the Boys.

Ally & the Boys features traditional and contemporary Irish sounds as lush and spirited as those in Celtic music's native land. Ally & the Boys offers an exciting mix of jigs, reels, airs and songs. The group features Lynn Trombetta (whose middle name is Ally) on flutes and pennywhistles, Rick Cyge on guitars, Irish Cittern, mandolin and vocals and Allen Ames on violin and mandolin. Trombetta and Cyge, both exceptionally talented musicians, are best known in the regional music scene as the duo Meadowlark, whose distinctive tone and texture draws from classical, folk, Celtic and contemporary jazz.

Wanting to expand the musical repertoire of Meadowlark and create an authentic Celtic sound, adding virtuoso Allen Ames “gypsy-flavored” violin to this Irish-flavored musical recipe enabled the vibrant trio to capture the best of this unique genre of music. Cyge recalls his introduction to Ames: “I’d heard Allen Ames on a recording with William Eaton and Ally & The Boyscontacted him. Allen walked into the session with the score I had given him, closed his eyes, let his head tilt back and produced the most amazing violin lines you could have imagined! It was love at the first note.” Added Trombetta: “Ally & the Boys are jokingly referred to by the group as the Celtic alter-ego of Meadowlark.”

So, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Ally & the Boys will surely energize enthusiastic concertgoers with some serious Celtic carousing. Trombetta says she enjoys the “high-spirited fun and playfulness that’s inherent in the Celtic repertoire. It’s great fun!” And while Ally & the Boys is an especially popular group for St. Patrick’s Day-related celebrations, their fans crave more. “We’re still promising audiences an album of the Ally & the Boys Celtic repertoire." Trombetta said. "We have done a couple of sessions, but the completed album is still just a twinkle in our eyes.” Meadowlark fans are expecting a project of new material to be released in January 2012.

A unique new venue takes center stage for this show. Studio Live, which rose from the remnants of a vacant storefront property, will host this energetic night of fun and music. Located at 215 Coffee Pot Drive, 928-282-0549, Studio Live is Sedona’s newest, most popular, intimate indoor setting for live arts and entertainment. Founded for and by Sedona-based artisans and performers to foster local talent and enrich the community, Studio Live was borne from the remnants of a vacant storefront property.

Ally band member and Studio Live Program Director, Rick Cyge beams: "It’s a wonderful, intimate space with great sound. We've always enjoyed captivated, enthusiastic audiences at Studio Live" Cyge continued: "Sedona's newest venue is quickly becoming known for its consistent and exciting offerings of local, regional, and national touring acts. This new 96-seat venue is well on its way!”

Purchase tickets to the March 4th Ally & the Boys concert at: Buy Tickets Now! In addition, to learn more about Ally & the Boys and future events at Studio Live, please be sure to visit www.studiolivesedona.com.