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Leaping Lulu

Leaping Lulu is a neo-traditional Irish band that plays traditional dance and Celtic music along with a number of their own compositions. They make their music with fiddle, guitar, cittern, flute, piccolo, vocals and the bodhrán (Irish drum). Their past engagements include the Festival of the American West, Spirit of the West Festival (Ogden), Sundance Film Fesival (Salt Lake City and Park City), Utah Arts Festival, Celtic Stew Irish music festival, a Christmas party for the cast of the Warner Brothers TV series, Everwood, the Lava MeltDown contra dance weekend, the Cache Children's Choir as well as numerous weddings, parties, concerts-in-the-park, and other special events. Leaping Lulu was featured on a one-hour live radio broadcast over KRCL - FM radio of Salt Lake City, and was recently featured on the national radio program "The Folk Sampler". They have opened for Celtic harpist, Patrick Ball, and even played dinner music for Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul. For several years they collaborated with the Inishfre Irish Dance group for their St. Patrick's Celebration: Celtic Night at the Caine Lyric Theatre and the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Leaping Lulu has recorded four albums: The Walk Home, High Road Low Road, The Moving Cloud and Celtic Night Live.

The Band:
Sara - fiddle, electric violin
Classically trained, Sara Gunnell has been playing violin since elementary school. She began fiddling around the turn of the 21st century, concentrating on Scottish and Irish fiddle. She has attended the Cape Breton Fiddler's Workshop, Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA, played in the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics, studied fiddling while visiting her ancestral Scotland and plays with the Utah Festival Opera. An original member of Leaping Lulu, Sara left briefly to complete her Master's Degree in music at Ohio University. After returning to Logan and to Leaping Lulu, she married the band's one and only groupie, Kevin Gunnell. She and her husband now live in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

Liz - flute, piccolo
Liz Fallis is originally from Vancouver, Canada and lives in North Logan, Utah. She is a classically trained flute and piccolo player and frequently plays with the Utah Festival Opera. In addition to her amazing skills as a musician, Liz is also a gourmet cook and owns a successful catering business.

Kent - vocals, bodhrán, cajón
Kent Braddy plays the bodhrán (Irish drum), the cajón (box drum), and is the singer for the band. His background includes nearly every variety of musical style, but Irish and Celtic music are closest to his heart. "I love the genre because its mood ranges from the depressing to the elated, from the benign to the revolutionary, and from heaven to hell with all points in between," he says.

Don - guitar, mandolin, cittern
Don Anderson of Smithfield, Utah plays guitar, mandolin, and the cittern. In the daytime he works at ATK as a test engineer involved in testing the space shuttle solid rocket motors. Don started playing folk and bluegrass music in high school and says, "Most of what I used to play was derivative of Irish music (although I didn’t know it at the time) so it was natural that I’d eventually get to the source. Celtic music is like a benevolent or useful addiction. Give it your hand and it will grab your arm and pull you in."