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Ronn McFarlane & William Simms: Bio

Grammy-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute into the musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience.

Born in West Virginia, Ronn spent his early years in Maryland. At thirteen, upon hearing "Wipeout" by the Surfaris, he fell wildly in love with music and taught himself to play on a "cranky sixteen-dollar steel-string guitar." Ronn kept at it, playing blues and rock music on the electric guitar while studying classical guitar. He graduated with honors from Shenandoah Conservatory and continued guitar studies at Peabody Conservatory before turning his full attention and energy to the lute in 1978. The following year, Mr. McFarlane began to perform solo recitals on the lute and became a member of the Baltimore Consort. Since then, he has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with the Baltimore Consort
and as a soloist.

McFarlane was a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory from 1984 to 1995, teaching lute and lute-related subjects. In 1996, Mr. McFarlane was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory for his achievements in bringing the lute and its music to the world. He has over 25 recordings on the Dorian label, including solo albums, lute songs, recordings with the Baltimore Consort, and Blame Not My Lute, a collection of Elizabethan lute music and poetry, with spoken word
by Robert Aubry Davis.

Recently, Ronn has been engaged in composing new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of past centuries. His original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a Grammy Award Nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2009. His newest CD release, One Morning, features "Ayreheart," a new ensemble brought together to perform Ronn's new music.

1 Anon: Greensleeves  
2 Anon: La Rossignal  
3 Anon: Drewries accordes  
4 John Johnson: Trenchmore  
5 John Johnson: The Delight Pavan  
6 John Johnson: A Dump #1  
7 Marchant&Francis: Eccho or Allmane for 2 lutes  
8 Anon: Robin is to the Greenwood Gone  
9 John Johnson: Rogero  
10 Anon: Callinoe  
11 John Johnson: The Flatt Pavan  
12 John Johnson: The Flatt Galliard  
13 John Johnson: The Nuts be Brown  
14 John Johnson: The Queen's Treble  
15 John Danyel: A Fancy  
16 John Danyel: Passemezo Galliard  
17 John Dowland: My Lord Chamberlaine's Galliard  
18 Dowland: My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home  
19 John Johnson: Chi Passa  
20 John Johnson: Wakefield on a Green  
21 Thomas Robinson: A Fantasie  
22 Thomas Robinson: The Queen's Goodnight  
23 Thomas Robinson: Passemezo Galliard  
24 Thomas Robinson: A Plaine Song  
25 Thomas Robinson: Twenty Ways Upon the Bells  
26 Thomas Robinson: A Toye  
27 Anon: An Almayne  

Sono Luminus is proud to release Two Lutes: Lute Duets from England's Golden Age, a wonderful collection of enchanting music performed by lute virtuosos Ronn McFarlane and William Simms. As stated by Ronn McFarlane, "Elizabethan lute duets yield the most companionable and friendly kind of music-making for the players. In equal duets each lutenist plays nearly the same music, alternating playing the melody and the harmonic accompaniment. It feels like a conversation, with each lutenist posing musical questions and answers throughout. Each player is free to improvise upon the written part, so the conversation can be very individual and spontaneous! On theother hand, in the treble-ground style of lute duet, one lutenist plays a single line melodic part (usually including some virtuosic passages) while the second lutenist plays a chordal accompaniment. Sometimes the chordal accompaniment is very simple and repetitive, and it is likely that a skilled player would vary his part to make a more musically satisfying accompaniment."

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