2017 Celtic Classic Entertainment

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Blackwater

For nearly 20 years, Blackwater has been performing their high-energy brand of Celtic music to audiences across North America from sessions and pubs to concert halls and festival stages. Formed in 1996, the group has released several albums, appeared on multiple compilations and brought their inspired love of their shared musical heritage to an ever growing fan base.

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Burning Bridget Cleary

Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits. Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. She's joined by fiddler and vocalist, Amy Beshara, from the NYC Scottish music scene.

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Calan

Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes, spirited and energetic performances of step dancing, introducing a new generation of music fans to Welsh music.

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Cassie/Maggie MacDonald

Encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act, their talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they so generously share it. Exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Celtic roots, they have explored and tested the boundaries of celtic music.

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Dave North Trio

The Dave North Trio is one of the foremost Celtic folk groups from the Upstate New York area performing throughout the Eastern USA since its inception in 1982. The Trio’s music is deeply rooted in traditional and contemporary Celtic folk with an amazing repertoire of traditional, modern, comic, and just plain obscure songs with its own distinctive style.

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Glenngarry Bhoys

Described as bold, unorthodox, vibrant, and evocative, the “GLENGARRY BHOYS” hybrid of Canadian Highland Scots and French Canadian musical idioms has evolved into a sound that is weighty, authoritative, and extremely entertaining. Their energy and good humor, as much a part of the show as their musicianship, crosses all cultures and ages.

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Irish Stars

Parker School of Irish Dance. We have over 50 students and growing that are travelling from the Lehigh Valley, Northern New Jersey, and Philadelphia to take classes. We teach students 2 through adult and beginner through Open Championship. We also reach out to our local community since we are natives of Hellertown, Pa and teach a yearlong Irish Dance program.

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Kilmaine Saints

Kilmaine Saints is a band formed on good whiskey and bad intentions. In short, the Kilmaine Saints are equal parts Irish swagger, Scottish pride, and whiskey. This explosive Celtic rock band from central PA will steal your heart, your spirit, and your pint when you’re not looking. With 2 critically-acclaimed releases under their belts, national and intl. airplay.

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Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

With a firm focus on the rich traditional fiddle music from where they each belong, they have developed a sound that has been described as “unique”, “meaningful”, “intense” and “invigorating”. Clever harmony, rhythm, riffs and bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled and dumbfounded that the sound only comes from three fiddles.

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Piper’s Request

Piper's Request is a band grounded in the roots of traditional Irish music, with tune sets forged in hundreds of pub sessions and the straight ahead songs of life, love, sorrow, laughter and, of course, whiskey, made famous by the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, the Dubliner's and so many others. They have been performing together throughout the region since 2009

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Qristina & Quinn Bachand

Born on Canada’s West Coast, with its signature embrace of experimentation and improvisation, this brother and sister duo have developed their own ‘voice’, exploring various musical traditions, fusing styles such as Old-Time, Celtic, Folk and Jazz to create their own distinctive sound. They artfully meld heart-swelling, stomp and clap Celtic Roots

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Seamus Kelleher

He quickly developed a reputation for his flamboyant blues-style guitar often opening for bands such as Thin Lizzy. Seamus toured the US in 1974 with a band called Rock & Roll Circus. Shortly after the tour, he packed his bags and moved to New York where once again he quickly developed a large following. He performed all over the US and Europe with the Sean Fleming Band.

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Seamus Kennedy

His trademark is his ongoing interaction with his audiences. From the moment he steps on stage, he starts talking to them and encourages them to talk back! He is quick with a quip and likes nothing better than to discover someone in the audience who is similarly inclined. In fact, Seamus is having such a grand time and he makes it all look so effortless.

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Searson

Searson has toured for well over a decade and have the confidence and drive to continue with their musical careers more than ever before. Sisters, Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing while Erin performs on piano, vocals, Ottawa Valley Step Dancing and tenor guitar.

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Steel City Rovers

The Steel City Rovers are Celtibilly; the cross-pollination of the Celtic and North American traditions. Sophisticated and hypnotizing musical arrangements. Expressive and clever lyrical compositions. In their ambitious first few years, these Canadians have risen to appear internationally on coveted stages, to be nominated for numerous music awards.

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Syr

SYR (sire) is a Celtic Folk-Rock band from Columbia, SC. Starting as a small traditional cover band has evolved into a serious endeavor with a unique blend of genres. Taking inspiration from Celtic history and myth, SYR creates original songs with themes like battle, love, loss, heritage...and a large pint. SYR plays traditional drinking songs, pirate shanties and ballads.

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Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

Young acoustic power trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin from Canada’s Prince Edward Isle know this, transforming tradition with vigor, curiosity, and sparks of goofy humor. They’re inviting a new circle of listeners Auprès du Poêle (“around the woodstove”; release: June 12, 2016) for sometimes moody, sometimes high-energy set of original and traditional songs.

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Timlin and Kane

Well known in the Philadelphia area, the duo of Timlin and Kane has been playing to great acclaim for audiences throughout the East Coast and beyond for over forty years. Gerry was born in Ireland where he developed an early interest in traditional Irish music and Tom Kane, born in Philadelphia of Irish/Welsh stock, heard the music from his earliest remembrances.

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West of Mabou

One of CBC Saskatchewan's 2017 Artists to Watch, West of Mabou performs lively dance music steeped in the rich traditions of Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle and pipe tunes. Based in Saskatchewan, Canada, the band unites the talents of Scott Benson (fiddle), Roberta Wallace (fiddle), Alex Rasmussen (pipes/whistles), Justin Easton (guitar), and Jared Dormer (drums).