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Elizabeth Zekley (Clark)
Elizabeth has played the piano since the age of five and is accomplished in many genres of music. The magic of the hammered dulcimer began for her at the age of 16, and she has been playing it avidly ever since. The concertina, flute and pennywhistle have also been her constant musical companions for many years. Elizabeth received her formal music training at the University of California at Santa Cruz and has been involved in their ethnic music studies program. Besides playing music, she teaches English Country Dance, Barn Dances and Irish Ceildhe Dance, which are the roots of American square dance.

Elizabeth's credits include performance with the groups "Red Branch," "Cat's Cradle," "The White Rose Parlor Orchestra," and "Tipsy House." She has been the music and dance director of the Scottish show at the Living History Centre's Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Elizabeth performs on the Hammered Dulcimer, Irish Concertina, Irish Simple System Flute, Bodhran, Pennywhistle, Keyboards and vocals.

Recordings featuring Elizabeth include "Fiona's Folly," "The Twisted Oak" and an Instructional Video For the Hammered Dulcimer. Elizabeth has played the piano since the age of five and is accomplished in many genres of music. The magic of the hammered dulcimer began for her at the age of 16, and she has been playing it avidly ever since. The pennywhistle has also been her constant musical companion for many years. Besides playing music, she teaches, English Country Dance, beginning Scottish Country Dance and Irish Ceilidh Dance, which are the roots of American square dance.

Mickie Zekley
Mickie began playing guitar as a teen but soon became interested in other instruments. Before the age of 20, he was teaching guitar to 45 pupils a week, had studied sitar at Ravi Shankar's Kinnara and was playing almost every instrument that sported strings and frets. He started playing the flute and bagpipes in his early 20's and has become accomplished on many wind instruments. Mickie's interest in Irish music was fi rst inspired by the legendary Irish accordion players Joe Cooley and Kevin Keegan, with whom he performed for many years. Mickie founded Lark In The Morning, an international business that specializes in rare and unusual musical instruments. He is a musical instrument collector, and a videographer specializing in traditional music and dance. He has performed with the "Golden Toad," "McClouds Ceili Band," "Take A Dance" and "Mooncoin." Read about some of Mickie's musical adventures.

Mickie performs on the Concert Flute, Double Flageolet, Pennywhistle, Irish Harp, Harp Guitar, Irish Cittern, Scottish Smallpipes, Highland Bagpipes, Tenor Banjo, Bones, Mandolin, Nyckelharpa and many other instruments.

Recordings featuring Mickie include "Fiona's Folly," the "Mooncoin" album, an Instructional Video For the Traditional Irish Flute and the "Mooncoin" video.

He has performed on the Today television show &bull Good Morning America Television Show &bull McCabes &bull The Troubadour &bull UC Irvine &bull UC Riverside &bull UC Santa Barbara &bull Cal State Humboldt &bull Chemeketa College &bull Western Washington University &bull University of Oregon at Eugene &bull Reed College &bull CSU Sacramento &bull Moorpark College &bull CSU Fresno &bull CSU Dominguez Hills &bull College of Notre Dame &bull College of Marin &bull Orange Coast College &bull Golden West College &bull Pilgrims School &bull and hundreds of concert series', folk clubs, radio shows and other events, and has been a recipient of a touring grant from the Arizona Commission On The Arts, University of Arizona, and much more.

Mickie & Elizabeth are the directors of Lark Camp, an internationally renowned traditional music and dance festival. They have performed on "STAGE 9" KIXE-TV &bull KRON-TV &bull MCCET &bull Mendocino Music Festival &bull Gualala Festival Of Trees &bull Matheson Performing Arts Center &bull Plough & Stars &bull Freight & Salvage &bull Fetzer Vineyards &bull Jasper O'Farrell's Pub &bull Shasta County Arts Council &bull Kerr Cultural Center / Arizona State University &bull Lake Powell Concert Association &bull Coconino Center For The Arts &bull Chico Folk Music Society &bull Fitzgerald's Casino &bull Phoenix Folklore Productions &bull Cochise College &bull Young Audiences &bull Many other venues & arts council programs &bull Countless Weddings.

Corwin Zekley
Mickie & Elizabeth's son Corwin has been playing fiddle most of his life and performs regularly with them as "The Zekley Family Band." He can be added to their performances. His beautiful and exciting fi ddle playing adds an extra dimension and is a must for events that include country dance. His website is: and the Zekley Family Band website is:

Country Dance
Mickie & Elizabeth can also teach country dancing at your event. Country dancing offers a great way for people to get to know each other better, and is a wonderful team building experience. At weddings it brings the new families closer together. All dances are taught.

Mickie & Elizabeth
PO Box 1176, Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 964-4826
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