Lough is a nationally known traditional musician with over thirty-five
years experience in performance and teaching.
A native of Springfield, Virginia, Anne has been around music
all her life and began playing and singing folk music as a young teen.
She has continued to share her love of music through the years while
raising four daughters and completing a Music Education Degree from
Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, and a Master of Music Education
Degree from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. She now devotes
all her time to festivals, workshops, performances and school residencies.
to being a frequent instructor in mountain and hammered dulcimer at
the prestigious John C. Campbell
Folk School in Brasstown, NC., Anne has taught at the Swannanoa
Gathering, Western Carolina Dulcimer Week, Augusta Heritage Dulcimer
Week and at numerous other festivals and workshops throughout the country.
Equally at home on guitar, autoharp, mountain and hammered dulcimer,
Anne's mastery is impressive. Her artistic interpretation, sensitive
playing style, versatility and skill as an instructor have earned her
well known as an instructor and performer of traditional singing, storytelling,
folklore, folk dance and the shaped-note tradition, but her repertoire
ranges from classical music to old standards, show tunes and sacred
music. Her programs have delighted and inspired all ages from day-care
and pre-school children to Elderhostelers. Active in schools as a Visiting
Artist, Anne is also on the Touring
Artist Roster for the North Carolina Arts Council.
music can be heard on a number of recordings, Smoky Mountain educational
videos, public radio and a recent PBS Christmas Special. She has also
published several collections of arrangements for the mountain and hammered