The Bands


APRIL FOOLS!  No joke – that was the day Bea’s first hammered dulcimer arrived from Plectrum Dulcimers.  Since then, Bea has been researching, studying and presenting beautiful background music for a variety of events. And when more depth is needed for the music, her husband, Jim, provides excellent finger style guitar backup.

Bea particularly enjoys designing music programs for your parties, ceilis, celebrations, receptions,  clubs, libraries, worship services,  art walks, festivals, showers, weddings or celebrations of life.

Does your club or library hire speakers?  Bea presents an enjoyable and educational series of programs on the history of the hammered dulcimer.  This program is suitable for all audiences.  Musical pieces are selected to enhance the historical development, construction, and magic of the hammered dulcimer.

Did you know?  Bea is

founder of Southern California Dulcimer Heritage and actively participates in their events, especially the annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers, now in its 22nd year.

the host of Downey Dulci-diddles, a monthly dulcimer practice group for all levels of players.

the founder the Downey Autoharp Circle which meets Monday evenings.

the host of the 4th Tuesday Downey Folk Music Jam now in their 10th year.


WHEN PIGS FLY! is an exciting and distinct four-member ensemble who celebrates the musical traditions of the British Isles and its evolution in America. Their Celtic aires will pull at your heart strings, and their Irish jigs and reels will set your feet in motion.  WPF’s traditional American music features sea chanties, folk, bluegrass, Appalachian and cowboy songs.  At their concerts they not only play and sing, but also present entertaining histories of the tunes.  They have been described as one of the “most refreshing sounds” out there today. WPF! is adaptable to most any venue.  From backyard parties to museums, festivals to concerts, and weddings to wakes,  When Pigs Fly! compliments every event. Your guests will surely be pleased.

When Pigs Fly! offers a full-length CD, PIGATUDE, which features Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes and Old Time American fiddle, rag, bluegrass and waltz tunes.  They have recently recorded Christmas Sampler CD.  Lead vocalist, Jim Cope, touts his own CD, BETTER LATE THAN EVER.   ALL CD’s are available directly from the musicians or at their concerts.

Please visit our WPF! website,, stay awhile; get to know us; browse our pages and give a listen to our music. And if you attend one of our concerts or events, please introduce yourself. We like to know who is flying around with us!


Jim Cope:  Fiddle, Bouzouki, Guitar, Bodhran, Mandolin

Marianne Scanlon: Hammered Dulcimer, Fretted Dulcimer, Guitar, Washboard

Bea Romano: Hammered Dulcimer, Autoharp, Psaltery, Shakers, Limberjacks, Spoons

Jim Romano: Guitar, Bodhran, Doumbek, Fretted Dulcimer, Snare Drum, Percussion