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Long Time Courting bringing Celtic music to Massena Library


MASSENA - Join Boston-based quartet Long Time Courting for an evening of traditional and original music with evocative vocal harmonies and powerful instrumentals.

The show takes place at 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Massena Public Library at 41 Glenn St, Massena. For more information or to make reservations, please go to: or call (315) 769-9914.

Long Time Courting is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project and Fluttr Effect, and Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay.

Together as Long Time Courting, these four women offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician’s versatility, creativity, and mastery. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. The members of the group are all seasoned performers, having toured with such notable acts as The John Whelan Band, Childsplay, Robbie O’Connell, Aoife Clancy, Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project, and Carlos Nez.

Flute player Shannon Heaton, a Chicago native, is well known for her work alongside her husband Matt Heaton, with whom she has spent the last 10 years recording, performing, and touring on several continents. Irish American News dubbed her 2009 Female Musician of the Year, and LiveIreland called her latest album with Matt Heaton the “Trad Fusion Album of 2010.”

New Hampshire-ite and guitarist Liz Simmons is best known for her work with the Celtic Americana outfit Annalivia which she co-founded with husband Flynn Cohen. She also performs with the acclaimed Irish accordionist John Whelan, and her singing is featured in the film “Time and Charges” written and directed by Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson.

Cellist Valerie Thompson hails from Kansas City and is an innovator of the folk and rock cello, as well as being a studied classical player. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a masters’ degree from the New England Conservatory. Valerie can also be heard with Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project.

Katie McNally is a New England Scottish fiddle champion and two-time runner up for the national title. She is a graduate of Tufts University where she studied traditional music from many cultures (including a semester in Scotland) and performs with the supergroup Childsplay as well as her own solo project. This past year she could also be seen touring with famed Galician piper Carlos Nez.

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