Summer 2021 performers
The joy of performing and making music is at the very root of this Progressive Folk
band. After seven years performing strictly traditional Celtic tunes, Mark Pierce, and
Anna Dorsey began investing in their own song-writing in 2019. Heavily influenced by
the Celtic genre, Ironwood band was born.
“Growing up, I thought Rock n’ Roll & Metal were all that music had to offer a long-
haired weirdo like myself. That was until I heard many great bands like We Banjo 3,
Sarah Jarosz, and Millish. After that, there was no turning back.” – Mark
“Music is such a big part of me. I started piano when I was five, but that didn’t give me
what I was craving musically. When I was introduced to fiddle music I started to beg
my parents for violin lessons. Now this is the highlight of my life, playing music with
Mark. I’ve finally found my sound, along with my soul-mate.” – Anna
Married in 2016, Mark and Anna have been united by music through every step of their
relationship. Getting engaged on the main stage at the Michigan Irish Music Festival, in
Muskegon MI, was one of the most memorable moments of their early career.
Ironwood is dedicated to creating a large repertoire of original tunes, as well as paying
homage to traditional songs now and then. Putting their own spin on the music they
love is what this band is all about.