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Connect Savannah reviews the Goliards

Anne Acker

Hurdy-gurdy/sinfonie player and percussionist Anne Acker is a full time Historic Keyboard Specialist. 

She is a popular lecturer and a sought-after performer on both the piano and harpsichord. 
She professionally builds, restores and decorates harpsichords, clavichords, and fortepianos, and is a world-recognized expert and researcher on the restoration, history and values of 19th century pianos.

anne durant

cuffy sullivan

Vocalist Cuffy Sullivan is the founder and former managing director of Ensemble Con Spirito, which was a womens' sacred music ensemble in Savannah.  She is also co-founder and executive director of the Savannah Children's Choir.  Raised by a musical family in a musical town, her vibrato-less voice limited her repertoire choices, but in early music, she's now found the right music to sing!​
Harpist Anne Durant is a native Savannahian who has played the highland bagpipes and the piano from childhood.  She studied Scottish/Irish harp (clarsach) with Nancy Blick Clark in Cincinnati, Ohio.   President of the Coastal Folk Harp Society, she teaches Scottish Harp in Savannah.  Her students are consistent prize winners in Scottish Harp Society-sponsored competitions throughout the Southeast.

Anne was formerly a member of the (now defunct) Savannah Celtic Pipe Band, and of the Atlanta Pipe Band. She is active as a solo performer at weddings and other occasions, is a founding member of The Goliards in their Savannah incarnation, and also directs and performs with the Irish trio, A Murder of Crows.      
Fiddler - and founder - John Hillenbrand studied medieval music and medieval bowed strings with Emily Stevenson in Atlanta, and Margriet Tindemans in Seattle and Spain, as well as with numerous other Early Music luminaries.  He performed with the Emory Early Music Consort in Atlanta for several years before founding The Goliards, then known as The Garlandia Ensemble, in 1998.  John directed sixteen medieval music productions with his ensemble in Atlanta, and since moving to Savannah has led seventeen performances with the current incarnation of The Goliards.  He took up the violin (both modern and baroque) when he moved to Savannah, and is a member of the Irish trio, A Murder of Crows.

The Goliards

John hillenbrand

Past Performances