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Coyote Run Rocked Kimball Theatre

Craig Olson, Catherine Hauke, Thomas Arnold, David  Doersch, Chelle Fulk and Michael Kazalski are Coyote Run. Photo by Kelly J. Mihalcoe, Photographer, LLC.

Craig Olson, Catherine Hauke, Thomas Arnold, David Doersch, Chelle Fulk and Michael Kazalski are Coyote Run. Photo by Kelly J. Mihalcoe, Photographer, LLC.
















Coyote Run returned for another electrifying round of Celtic rock in the elegant Kimball Theatre on Merchants Square in Williamsburg, VA on Friday, July 15, 2011. They released their new CD, 10 ½ at the concert. An enthusiastic crowd welcomed their new tracks and sang along to old favorites like Oak and Ash and Thorn.

Their unique sound is tribal and rhythmic, yet their imaginative arrangements and tight harmonies seem to unfold organically. With several multi-instrumentalist band members, they blended diverse sounds  into a fresh, hard-driving, Celtic spirit. Last summer’s show proved their power and versatility. This show revealed a more focused style, coupled with showmanship that was at times majestically dramatic, then effervescent and playful. Guest performers Elizabeth and Miranda Wiley’s efforts contributed to this wide range of emotions. Elizabeth’s dramatic styling of the story of a condemned “witch” was a riveting moment. Later, Miranda’s graceful and free-sprited Papillon dance lifted the audience’s hearts into the realm of butterflies and carefree Spring days.

Front man David Doersch was impressive as always with his rich vocals and electronic bagpipes. Chelle Fulk’s expressive violin more than held its own against Michael Kazalski’s agressive bass lines and Craig Olson’s spirited guitar. Cathy Hauke’s perpetual percussion engine kept the music machine running in top form.

This warm group of musical friends was generous and wise to share their stage with a variety of crowd-pleasing guests performers, including an Irish dancer, a trio of swing dancers, a men’s octet for backup, and even a small contingency of Colonial Williamsburg’s Fife & Drum corp!

As diverse as the individual numbers were, they were unified by the band’s signature style. They’ve found their niche in honoring Celtic traditions and integrating the rhythms and sounds of other ancient cultures. They’re inspired by these ancient forms without being imprisoned by them,  infusing age-old truths with relevance for today’s thoughtful audiences.

The Coyotes’ travel schedule is taking them around the country before they head to Wales, but you can look forward to another Williamsburg visit on Thanksgiving Weekend.


Coyote Run’s 10-Year Retrospective Concert

If your concept of Celtic music is dulcet soprano tones on PBS, then brace yourself. Get ready for your hair to blow back and your blood to pulse when these warrior poets start to rock. Thoughtful storytelling is always key to their brand of muscular, fresh folk rock honoring Celtic traditions and infused with Native American, Civil War, and Aboriginal strains. Storytelling reached a new level with anecdotes shared by previous band members at this fun reunion. The almost full house brimmed with warm affection from followers who recognize the depth and breadth of talent that has led to Coyote Run’s national and international success. [Read more…]

Family Activities After the Thanksgiving Feast

Having the whole family in town for Thanksgiving? You’ll need to plan some activities for the non-football fans. There’s always shopping on Black Friday, but if that’s not your thing, try these ideas:

  • For theme park fun lovers, Busch Garden’s Christmas Town is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Nov. 25-27, 3:00-10:00 p.m.)
  • Visit Colonial Williamsburg
  • Catch a performance of Coyote Run‘s Celtic Solstice Celebration at the Kimball Theater on Merchants Square. This popular local band is back in town for their annual Thanksgiving weekend concert. Read last year’s review. Call 1-800-447-8679 for tickets: $20/$17/$14.
  • Get a copy of The Art-Full Tree by local authors Jan Gilliam and Christina Westenberger. It’s available at Colonial Williamsburg and Barnes and Noble locally, as well as online. The book shows you how to make Christmas ornaments inspired by objects in the museum’s collections from household materials and supplies readily available at craft stores.
  • Visit the Williamburg Antiques Mall for a trip down memorabilia lane with your older relatives. You can also score some vintage Christmas gifts. Be sure to laugh lovingly at the people circling for parking spots at the Premium Outlets on your way to the other side of the railroad tracks. (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
  • Get some exercise at Freedom Park, at the intersection of Longhill and Centerville Roads. There’s a brand new interpretive center where you can learn about Hotwater Plantation in the 1650s and one of the earliest free black settlements. With more than 20 miles of wooded trails, you’ll be hungry for turkey leftovers in no time.
  • Head to Jamestown Settlement for their new exhibit The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World. You’ll learn how explorers helped transition from the old world of Mediterranean and European centers of commerce to the globally connected world in the 1600s—with lots of gorgeous paintings and artifacts for illustration.
  • Check out the paintings of Amy Hautman     and ceramics by Lynn Trott at This Century Art Gallery.
Happy Thanksgiving!