Meet the musicians of the Equinox band

Meet the Band

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Hailing from County Saginaw in the State of Michigan, Equinox draws its inspiration from the music of Ireland and Scotland. Playing the traditional instruments: fiddle, whistles, concertina, bodhran, flute, bagpipes, guitar, bass, drums and voice, yet, with their own unique arrangements, Equinox transforms those familiar jigs, reels, strathspeys and hornpipes into reverent music that is dynamic and contemporary.

The Band currently features Vern Pococke on low whistle, drums and vocals, Jean Marie Learman on flute, whistle, concertina and vocals, Leslie Gregory on fiddle, and Kathy Morris on guitar, bodhran, whistle and vocals. Joining Equinox on Scottish Bagpipes is Dennis Lowe. They also have many diverse visual artists join their performances to create a musical experience for the eyes as well as the ears.

Beginning nearly twenty years ago as an amateur trio sharing Irish Pub songs at social gatherings, Equinox soon added more experienced musicians and developed an ear for the Celtic Revival Bands of the 60's and 70's. Their repertoire grew from Danny Boy and Whiskey in the Jar to include works by O' Carolan, the Chieftains, and Brian McNeill.  They drew more upon the musical stylings of the bands that they listened to in their youth like the Byrds, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention and Led Zeppelin. As a result, patrons are not only invigorated by the foot-stomping music of the Celtic Genre but are also pleasantly surprised with their rich and sophisticated arrangements which take this music far beyond its traditional roots.

 

Vern Pococke

pigeonvernwhistleVern is a Saginaw native and an Equinox founder. He is the heartbeat of the band as he provides the pulsing energy of the djembe and other percussion. He also adds vocals, whistle, and recorder.

 

Jean Marie Learman

Born and raised in Michigan’s Thumb, Jean Marie has been with Equinox since its inception. She brings the spirit of the storyteller to the band as she provides uplifting vocals along with flute, whistles, concertina and guitar melodies.561200 10200900254218477 1431688757 n

   

Bob Pennington

Bobbie brings the passion and soul to Equinox with the ancient sound of the pipes. Joining the band in 2001, he plays the bass guitar and bodhran.IMG00063-20110317-2150

 

Leslie Gregory

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Leslie Gregory roamed throughout Michigan before settling in Saginaw, joining Equinox in 2002. Often called the “furious, feisty fiddler,” Leslie adds the fire to Equinox’s arrangements with his fiddle and bow.

   

Kathy Morris

Kathy comes to us from Bay City and is a former member of the band Hoolie. She delivers a vibrant energy with her rhythm guitar and bodhran paired with a lingering sweetness with her vocals and whistles.Bay City Shell rockin

 

Dennis Lowe

Dennis Lowe is our Highland Bagpiper. He is currently the Pipe Major for the longstanding Flint Scottish Pipe Band. His piping brings epic tunes to our repetoire. The fiddle, the whistle and pipe are beautiful together. Dennis brings in the crowd as he plays a roaring jig!598835 608993465780932 109183692 n

 

   

What others say ...

"EQUINOX can bathe you in seemingly effortless melodies one moment and then turn around and amaze you with a ferocious musical barrage of sound and dance the next."

– Joy Butler | Bay Arts Council director

 

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