Celtic Classic Entertainment
Across The Pond
Across The Pond is a multi-instrumental trio performing their own high octane arrangements of Irish and Scottish tunes and songs. This trio is very passionate about their traditional roots but their arrangements contain modern influences. Finding that special balance between tradition and contemporary is what separates Across the Pond from many other Irish bands. They grab the audience from the very first beat right to the end. With repertoire ranging from hauntingly slow airs to high-energy jigs and reels, love ballads, and high energy traditional and contemporary songs, Across the Pond can provide music for a wide range of special occasions. Their music is fresh and entertaining. These three seasoned musicians quickly climbed the Reverbnation charts to number 6 nationally and have quickly become recognized as the premiere Celtic band in south-central Pennsylvania. They have performed for Irish festivals, Celtic & Bluegrass festivals, summer concert series, weddings, state conferences, Scottish Society events, and they’ve opened for Jim Malcolm (Old Blind Dogs).
With six studio albums and a double CD collection in their sporrans to date, these five spirited yanks are currently one of the most beloved celtic rock bands in the USA. Frontmen Kyf Brewer and Keith "Swanny" Swanson lithely cover lead vocals, guitars, accordion, harmonica, mandolin, bouzouki, and bagpipes. Both originally piped in the Loch Rannoch Pipe Band, and performed in Edinburgh’s Millennium March for Prince Charles. While Swanson was once a member of New York’s legendary Flailin’ Shilaleghs, Kyf’s been a pro performer since his first band, The Ravyns, produced the hit "Raised on the Radio" for the 1982 film Fast Times At Ridgemont High
The ayes have it - Barleyjuice is a grand group of talented tunesmiths and prodigious performers, and the absolute best time you can have at a concert without removing your kilt.
The unique sound of traditional Manx music is the Celtic World’s best kept secret. This is set to change with the introduction of Barrule, the award winning trio hellbent on taking the Isle of Man’s music to a much wider audience.
Named after the famous Manx summit where legend says the ancient Celtic God Manannan MacLir stalked his mighty fortress, Barrule fuses three distinct musical forces – gifted fiddle-player Tomas Callister, accordion wizard Jamie Smith (of Mabon) and versatile accompanist Adam Rhodes (Mabon and Manx band King Chiaullee) on bouzouki. Together this versatile acoustic unit creates a powerful and wholly distinctive sound.
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. The band’s members have a rich tradition in Celtic, Folk, Classical and Contemporary Music and have successfully merged those individual influences into a unique and dynamic sound. Striking vocal harmonies, intricate fiddle styles, multi-instrumental talent and a penchant for compelling rhythms lend the group its unmistakable take on the traditional. Original compositions, innovative arrangements and an all embracing passion for fun freshen the mix for a show that has been described as “Sheer Ceili Aerobics!”
Burning Bridget Cleary
Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits. Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. The front of the band is shared with some of the best fiddle talent on the East Coast. Currently featured is Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician from the the NYC Scottish trad scene. The driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion
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 and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.
They blast their way through some of the old favorite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs.
Cassie & Maggie McDonald
Cassie and 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 traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies.
New York natives, Emish, have forged their own Americana folk rock sound by colliding a background of Irish, rock, and folk influences. This independent, power-folk band initially found success in a grassroots manner. Supported by their dedicated fan base, Emish has repeatedly been voted the “Best Band of the Hudson Valley” and are the current title holder for 2012. Bobby Curreri has also been named as the”Best Singer/Songwriter” for the past two consectutive years. Since it’s inception in 2005, the group has grown to include support from the national stage as well. Their high energy, live performances and distinct sound have catapulted Emish to be a sought-out headlining act at major festivals and concerts across the US, including the likes of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Folk & Irish festivals, as well as, the more intimate setting of theaters or small concert settings.
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. Many things have been written and reported about this world renown Canadian alt-celt group over that last decade, all depicting their musical and entertaining prowess with varied audiences the world over, but their ability to marshal large enthusiastic audiences show after show is legion and recognized.From a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in Eastern Ontario, these Celtic-Stompers, always pushing the musical envelope but never straying too far from the traditional whence they came, have earned a reputation as entertainers that challenge you to sit still during their engaging performances.
Irish Stars School of Irish Dance
The Irish Stars Parker School of Irish Dance was established in 2007 under sisters, Dawn and Jacque Parker. Students range in age from 2 through adult. The school teaches levels beginner through championship and showcases both traditional and contemporary Irish Dancing. The school focuses on Show performance, Theater Performance, Competition and Community Service. The Irish Stars students compete under the Cumann Rince Naisiunta (CRN) organization, where Irish Stars students have won Regional, National, and World Placements. The Irish Stars have performed at the Philadelphia Phillies "Irish Heritage Night", Philadelphia 76ers, WFMZ 69 News “Sunrise Morning Show” with Eve, Jaciel, and Matt, RCN’S Community Spotlight, State Theater, Arts Quest, Musikfest, Celtic Classic Highland Games, the Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Bethlehem Parade of Shamrocks, Allentown 250th Parade of Festival, Green Lane Irish and Scottish Festival, Allentown May Fair, Warren County Renaissance Faire, the Iron Pigs Celtic Night game, Lehigh Valley Buddy Walk hosted by the Eastern PA Down Syndrome Center, Easter Seals, Dream Come True, the Allentown Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Lehigh Valley restaurants, senior citizen centers, schools, and other local and regional venues events.
During 2013, Irish Stars students performed in the Theatrical productions including the off-broadway production of Finnegan's Farewell at Arts Quest in Bethlehem, and "Shrek the Musical" presented by "Sing for America" in Bethlehem, Pa.
Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse
Performing the music of Scotland, Ireland and early America from simple house concerts to Scottish and Irish Festivals throughout the US. Jil Chambless has played an active role in the Celtic music scene for more than 25 years. As singer and flute and whistle player, Jil has completed many recording projects and performed at Celtic festivals and concerts across the US as well as in Canada, Scotland, and Israel with the band Henri’s Notions, guitarist Scooter Muse. A long time guitar player, 1968 marked a big change in the music Scooter Muse had digested during the folk years. Bonnie and Clyde had a banjo on the soundtrack – Earl Scruggs’ Foggy Mt. Breakdown – and from that point on he never looked back.
The string and vocal trio Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass, to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary.
No Irish Need Apply
No Irish Need Apply consists of five musicians from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sing original and cover songs show casing the austere lifestyle of the Irish people as they immigrated to America in search of a better life. The musicians proudly highlight the Irish-American work ethic and love of family through a harmonic mix of gospel, rock, folk and blues songs.
O’Grady-Quinlin Academy of Irish Dance
The O’Grady Quinlan Academy, founded in January 2005, represents an exciting merger between the Lehigh Valley’s two established Irish dance schools: the Maureen O’Grady School of Irish Dance and the Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance. They have taught over 2,000 students over the year, qualified scores of students for the highest level of competitions, and have preformed all over the Lehigh Valley and beyond, including at Carnegie Hall and the Philadelphia Art Museum. O’Grady Quinlan has built solid and lasting ties in the Lehigh Valley and Irish dance communities across the world, Maureen and Colleen offer students in Eastern PA and Western NJ unparalleled Irish dance experience, expertise, resources, and possibilities.
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 Dubliners, and so many others.
The band features:
- Terry Hartzell on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles;
- Fred Gilmartin on the banjo, mandolin, and fiddle;
- Rick Weaver on guitar, banjo, and octave mandolin; and
- vocals by Fred, Rick, and Megan Everett.
We’ve been performing together throughout the region for the past four years.
A highland influenced quintet which evolved out of Hamilton Irish pub sessions, Poor Angus offers a progressive presentation of Celtic music, contemporary, while maintaining an ear to the past with crisp instrumentals and stellar 4 part vocal harmony. The band is made up of Andrew Bryan - ends an excellent ear for arranging to the group and has also taken to writing music, Ross Griffiths - mastery of the highland pipes has spread to uillean pipes, tin whistles and flute, Brian LeBlanc - rovides guitar, vocals, mandolin and Bodhran, Joel Guenther - providing rhythm guitar and arranging interpretations and DJ Moons - plays bass and accordion.
Poor Man’s Gambit
Poor Man's Gambit is the musical collaboration of Corey Purcell (button accordion, cittern, guitar, vocals, bodhran, and dance), Kevin McComb (guitar, tenor banjo, and vocals), and Genevieve Gillespie (fiddle, vocals, and dance). Steeped in the traditions of Irish, Scottish, and Americana folk music, Poor Man's Gambit is one of the hottest new trios on the East Coast.
The band's roots can be traced to the early 90's when Gillespie and Purcell met in Irish dance class at the age of five. Since then, the two have pursued separate careers in the Irish arts, finally reuniting in early 2015 with the addition of Kevin McComb to form 'Poor Man's Gambit'.
Collectively, PMG's members have toured and performed with such notable groups as The John Whelan Band, Danu, John Nolan, Burning Bridget Cleary, Emish, "Ireland: The Show", The Parting Glass, The Glengarry Bhoys, The Tartan Terrors, and Amárach.
The story of SEVEN NATIONS is that of a truly original and determined band based in Orlando, Florida. They have for years booked their own tours,and have had their own PBS and CNN specials. Throw away any preconceived notions you may have about Celtic music...this is a band that has invented its own sound and attracted a prodigious national and international following.
Seven Nations is not your father’s Celtic band. With a passionate, tender, and rollicking style that winningly veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock, Seven Nations has earned a growing reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence
The Gothard Sister
The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic all-female Irish music and dance group from the Pacific Northwest, USA. Recently returning from a national US tour, their live show is under large demand as high-energy, family-friendly entertainment steeped in Celtic and folk roots, classical violin chops, champion Irish step-dancing and lots of fun. The sisters are professional performers and entertainers and have performed around the country at Celtic and folk music festivals, community concerts, state and county fairs, halftime shows, schools of all grades, colleges, theaters and concert series of all sizes.
The Makem & Spain Brothers
The band of brothers who were once considered the new kids on the block, have honed their craft over nearly two decades of international performances and are now one of the truly stalwart, road-tested Irish vocal groups available. They have played before millions of people from Canada to Texas, from California to the Caribbean and over to Ireland, highlighting national PBS specials and popular Irish talk shows along the way.
The Makem Brothers, Conor and Rory, were born in Drogheda, County Louth, about an hour north of Dublin. They continue the lineage of one of Irish music's dynasties, begun by their grandmother Sarah Makem, who was sought after by song collectors for her store of traditional Irish songs. Their father is Tommy Makem, the modern day Bard of Armagh. Now considered an icon, he helped to bring Irish music out of the corner and into the international spotlight, where it has remained ever since.
The Moxie Strings
The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many traditions, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin, both through a variety of audio effects pedals. Fritz performs on a mix of world percussionist instruments and drum kit. Their polished, high-energy show and unique sound are redefining strings' role in contemporary music, and have quickly made the band one of the country’s most promising instrumental acts.
The Rogue Diplomats
The Rogue Diplomats got their start in Astoria, Queens, playing their annual St. Patrick's Day show at Blackbird's Bar. Since then, they've gone on to play Bloomsday on Broadway, the annual celebration of the works of James Joyce. They are currently expanding their repertoire and looking to take this show on the road to Philadelphia, New England, or any other place that will let them share their love of Irish music and whiskey with the world.
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. Over the years, Gerry's love of music expanded to include Scottish, American, Canadian, and Australian folk music as well. He moved to the USA in the early seventies where he teamed up with Tom. While playing the clubs Gerry and Tom played popular folk music and began to incorporate more Irish traditional and folk music that their audiences continue to enjoy. Timlin and Kane continue year after year to delight audiences with their offbeat humor which is a great part of their appeal as well as pure and compelling presentations of the traditional and contemporary Celtic music they love .They are invited back year after year to all the major venues they play as their music and approach is always fresh and the audience always entertained.c