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March 8, 2002

“Coyote Run” explores the culture, heritage of Ireland

“Coyote Run,” a band from Williamsburg, Va., that performs an eclectic blend of folk and Celtic music, explores the history of the Emerald Isle during “Ireland: A Shamrock Tale,” at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16 in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Museum’s Hennage Auditorium. Using the metaphor of the shamrock, St. Patrick instructed the pagan Irish about the nature of the Holy Trinity. Coyote Run will take a look at this story as well as songs, legends and humor that illustrate the indomitable spirit and joy of the Irish people.

Coyote Run band members include David Doersch, Steve Holliday, Les Kayanan and Gabriel Stone. Lead singer and songwriter for Coyote Run, Doersch also is the band’s founder. He attended the U. S. Military Academy at West Point for two years before leaving to pursue a career in theater. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree of fine arts in theater from the University of Mississippi.

Holliday studied anthropology at the University of Chicago and played coffee houses and clubs around the city. He appeared as Frankie of Frankie and the Blue Notes, a 1950s retro group, and was a member of the Backdirt Mountain Boys, a bluegrass/newgrass group. Holliday has a master’s in anthropology from Northwestern University, a master’s of fine arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has taught as a professor in theater, speech and dance at the College of William and Mary since 1995.

A veteran performer, Kayanan’s credits include portraying an apostle in the Asian premiere of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” performing at the White House for President Ford and depicting Finian McLonergan in “Finian’s Rainbow” in Germany. He has served 21 years in the military, was a financial planner for five years and now works as an operations research analyst.

Stone holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a certificate in tuba performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va., and a master’s degree in music education from the University of South Carolina. Stone has performed as a balladeer at Colonial Williamsburg and currently is working on a book on organology, the classification of instruments.

Coyote Run’s music has been heard on various radio stations throughout the country, and the band has produced two CDs.

This program is included in museum admission but requires advance reservations, which may be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet, including the Wallace Museum Gift Shop.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121