Anne Lough is an internationally known traditional musician with over forty years experience in performance and education. A native of Springfield, Virginia, Anne has been around music all her life and began playing and singing folk music as a young teen. She has continued to share her love of music through the years while raising four daughters and completing a Music Education Degree from Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, and a Master of Music Education Degree from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. After teaching high and middle school choral music for two years and spending many years in church music, Anne now devotes all her time to festivals, workshops, performances and school residencies.
Anne brings to the stage, school or workshop the finest of traditional music. Her sincerity, enthusiasm and love for the music she presents, combined with dedication to preserving and sharing our cultural heritage, brings joy and warmth to all her audiences. Anne's programs have delighted and inspired all ages from day-care and pre-school children to senior citizens. Equally at home on the mountain and hammered dulcimer, autoharp and guitar, her educational programs and performances range from traditional music and folk songs, shaped note singing, classical, sacred and American popular music to folk dancing, storytelling, folklore and cultural history.
In addition to being a frequent instructor in mountain and hammered dulcimer since 1991 at the prestigious John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC., Anne has taught at major festivals and workshops throughout the country, in Ireland, England, Scotland and Belgium. She has also brought unique experiences to thousands of school children over the years as an Artist in Residence for the North Carolina Arts Council and through the Mountain Arts Program of Western North Carolina. Excellence as a performer, her artistic interpretation, sensitive playing style, versatility, creative arranging and skill as an instructor have earned her international acclaim and bring a rare and special quality to every event.