Fiddler and vocalist Anne Bingham Goess delights in bringing traditional music to life, whether it be rollicking reels or poignant airs. A versatile performer, she plays regularly for Irish, English Country and Contra dancing in the San Francisco Bay Area and entertains with a variety of ensembles at coffee houses, pubs, weddings and private parties. 

 

A classically trained violinist, Anne fell in love with the Irish fiddle after hearing Martin Hayes in 1996. Since then she has since performed with the Three Irish Tenors, Melanie O'Reilly, Kristine Robin and the Wild Hog Ceili Band, Hardly Strictly Trad, the Raggedy Annes, Bangers and Mash, singer Esther Mulligan, and Erica and Friends, most recently at the Scottish Highland Games in Pleasanton. She has arranged and produced music for many Celtic events, including the Bloomsday (James Joyce) celebration in San Francisco, a production honoring the 1916 Easter Rising, and A Scottish Celebration of the Solstice, with California Revels.

 

On the vocal front, she sang for many years as soprano soloist at First Presbyterian and St. Paul's Episcopalian churches in Oakland, and with a number of choral and theatrical ensembles, including Chora Nova, S.F. Symphony Chorus, and Lamplighters Music Theatre. She serves as Associate Music Director for California Revels, helping direct the Christmas Revels at the Scottish Rite auditorium in Oakland, and leads the Revels Solstice Ensemble, a small choral and instrumental group that celebrates traditional music and the change of seasons year-round.

Anne's recordings include Letters from Abroad, with composer, arranger and wind player Thomas Lindemuth. A lush, cinematic journey across Europe, the album features original tunes inspired by the dance music of the Old World, from lively Celtic jigs and lyrical airs to French Cafe and Viennese waltzes, klezmer reels, and more. Anne also appears on Erica and Friends' recent album Hillside Ave., featuring vocalist Erica Hockett in a collection of English and Irish traditional songs and tunes.