PENNYLAND BAND / Scottish & Irish Folk Music


Saturday, May 18th

8:00 – 8:45 PM

Pennyland (peighinn in Scottish Gaelic) is the anglicization of an antiquated crofter’s land measurement. Peighinn (pronounced ‘pain’) was the amount of land a Scottish tenant farmer could rent for one penny a month. The band’s name, in part a tribute to the ancestral tenant farmers of Scotland, recalls the workaday lives of crofters who dreamt of better opportunities, uprooted their families and crossed the Atlantic to settle in a new world. Formerly known as Annie’s Romance, the band has been performing traditional Scottish, Cape Breton, and Irish folk music since 2012. Their music is at once both fresh and nostalgic. Their inventive and highly listenable arrangements of English and Gaelic songs, as well as dance tunes, pays tribute to the great Scottish and Irish folk bands of the 1970’s such as Ossian, Planxty, Boys of the Lough, and The Cheiftains. Pennyland is a regular performer at various festivals along the Wasatch front and have been heard on local radio stations KRCL and BYU Radio. They have performed at festivals alongside the Wicked Tinkers, Skipper’s Alley, and The Young Irelanders, as well as many great local bands.

This six-member acoustic folk band performs traditional songs and dance music from Scotland and Ireland. Their music includes bagpipes, fiddle, harp, flute, banjo, guitar, vocals and more.