Celtic Classic Entertainment
A dynamic blend of traditional Celtic instrumentation, modern rhythms and strong vocal harmonies form the essence of Blackwater.
For over 10 years, this 5 piece PA/NJ band has been pleasing fans with high energy talent described as "Sheer Ceili aerobics!" From street corners and pubs to concert halls and festival stages (and just about everywhere in between), the band never fails to delight their audience and deliver a memorable performance of traditional, contemporary and original Celtic Music.
On their own, each is an accomplished performer…but together, these five friends and musicians are Blackwater and their shared talents create a unique style that is "Purely Original...Unmistakably Celtic...Traditional with a Twist!".
Burning Bridget Cleary
Called “the Allman Brothers of Celtic fiddle bands, only prettier” (Mike Weekly, Pottstown Mercury), Burning Bridget Cleary features the musical talents of Rose Baldino and new member, Deirdre Lockman, who lead the band with high-energy and tightly woven harmonies in both fiddle and vocals. The driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Philadelphia native, Lou Baldino on guitar, and percussionist, Peter Trezzi, on djembe drum.
In the spring of 2011, Burning Bridget Cleary completed a weeklong tour of Ireland where they performed at seven different venues from Dublin to Galway. While there, the band had a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to visit the rural Tipperary cottage of their namesake, Bridget Cleary, who is remembered as "the last witch burned in Ireland". Another musical tour to Ireland is in the works for June 2013. 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.
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.
Comas are a band firmly rooted in Irish music, but with enough space to allow for original compositions. Their openness to new influences and a respectful eye on the past bring Comas to the forefront of what traditional music is about today.
A passion inspired by their respective musical backgrounds; skills honed in the Glengarry melting pot music scene; an against-the-trend-pig-minded-approach to playing their self-penned songs in the battle-scarred pubs of Eastern Ontario, were the necessary ingredients that spawned what is now an internationally acclaimed alternative-roots band: the Glengarry 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. A Glengarry Bhoys show is both a musical and visual experience. Blending old and new their music is stirring and unerringly nuanced – always within earshot of the melodic Scottish tradition!
Jamison grew out of the Irish-American streets of Northeast Philadelphia in 2003. Since then, Jamison has grown to offer one of the most high energy shows on the east coast, with dynamic reels mixed with rock, reggae, modern pop, hiphop dance beats and more – all while never straying far from their Irish roots. Fans are sure to leave a show with a sweaty shirt and an excitement that few live shows can produce.
Jamison has had songs featured on Midwest Radio in Ireland, was awarded “Best Band” in 2009 by the Mt Holly St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and more recently, won ‘Best Irish Band in America’ in the Strangford Lough battle of the bands where they were flown to Las Vegas to perform at McFadden’s. In 2012, Jamison won the ‘Best Entertainer’ award in the West Chester B.E.S.T. Awards.
Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.
John Whelan Band
n late 1997 John formed the JOHN WHELAN BAND. In 1998, the band enjoyed a milestone year, thrilling audiences at such major American music events as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Washington Irish Folk Festival, as well as throughout Europe on a junket sponsored by Virgin Records, Narada's parent label. Going solo, John appeared in the critically acclaimed "Once Upon an Accordion" North American Tour. Additionally he appeared in his first motion picture Ride With The Devil directed by Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, Ice Storm).
The Kilmaine Saints are equal parts Irish swagger, Scottish pride, and whiskey. This explosive, high-energy Celtic rock band will lift your hearts, your spirits, and your pint when you’re not looking!
September of 2012 saw the release of the Kilmaine Saints’ latest studio effort, “Drunken Redemption”, a hard-hitting follow-up to their debut CD “The Good, The Plaid & The Ugly”. With a mix of original songs and old Irish Traditional tunes (to which the Saints put their own modern spin), it has been a fan favorite and ranked by many reviewers as one of the Top Celtic Rock CDs for 2012. The popularity of both albums and the growing legions of fans have led to label interest, many newspaper and radio interviews, and airplay on several mediums, locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Kilmaine Saints were first conceived in 2009 by a few members of the Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums as a means to play bagpipes year round and acquire free beer and pub food. Although the idea of a band was mostly for fun, it quickly became clear that the music scene around them was lacking, and they knew just what it needed. A short time later, the Saints rounded out their crew with a singer from County Mayo, a brilliant fiddler, and an upbeat guitarist, and began pounding through blistering, high-energy live sets that have kept people wanting more.
O’Grady-Quinlin Academy of Irish Dance
The O'Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance is proud to be the only certified school in the Lehigh Valley registered with An Comisuin Rince Gaelcha. It is the largest and most recognized Irish Dance organization headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
An Comisuin is home to dancers such as American born Michael Flatley, Jean Butler and many of the Riverdance and Lord of the Dance troupe members. O'Grady Quinlan students range in age from 4 to adult and we offer many classes for dancers to learn proper technique and to develop a strong foundation in the traditional Irish dances- reels, jigs, slip jigs and hornpipes! We proudly support community service efforts in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. We are a recognized leader in the competitive aspect of Irish Dance.
In April 2013, 17 of our solo dancers and four ceili teams represented OGQ in the All World Irish Dancing Championships. OGQ's teaching staff has grown to six certified teachers with locations in Bethlehem, Allentown, Bloomsbury, Hatfield and Annapolis, MD. Ms. Colleen Schroeder, one of the founding members of the academy, recently earned the title of adjudicator and is now able to judge competitions worldwide!
Visit our website at www.ogradyquinlan.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Seamus Kennedy has a huge repertoire that includes traditional Irish music, classic Country & Western, American standards, Scottish ballads, and kids' shows: entertainment for "the wee ones." Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for almost four decades.
An accomplished guitarist with a ready wit and a vast store of songs, he travels the country performing for thousands of people each year. Kennedy’s ability to combine a total command of the music with humor makes him unique in the industry. His strong interactive entertainment skills and his participation with his audiences have helped him create an exceptionally loyal fan base everywhere he goes.
He's incredibly talented and fun!
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.
Having recorded seven albums to date and composing all their own songs and fiddle tunes have made them the accomplished performers that they are today.
The Tannahill Weavers are a popular band who performs traditional Scottish music. Releasing their first album in 1976 they became notable for being one of the first popular bands to incorporate the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe (the Highland bagpipes are primarily a solo instrument) in an ensemble setting, and in doing so helped to change the sound of Scottish traditional music.
The 4 Leaf Clovers
The Four Leaf Clovers are a dynamic foursome of young gents with diverse personalities and a mutual love for all things Irish. The group is comprised of Peter “The Comic” Gambino, age 15, Alex “The Historian” Brown, age 15, and two brothers: Vincent “The Scholar” Behe, age 17, and Dominic “The Musician” Behe, age 15. The Four Leaf Clovers came together two years ago at their homeschool co-op, when the boys spontaneously struck up a rendition of The Rocky Road to Dublin.
What began as a lark soon turned into a serious musical pursuit, with the group’s appearance at Celtic Fest being one of the highlights of their career. Fresh, energetic, and full of charm, the Four Leaf Clovers are stars undeniably on the rise!
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.
It’s the remarkable longevity of this band that stands out for these five guys. That, and the infectious excitement generated by frontman Luke Jardel (acoustic guitar), who makes it seem oh so natural as he draws the audience in to arguably the best Irish/Folk/Rock & Roll fusion show Philadelphia has to offer. Old Blind Dogs, Planxty, Solus, and Pogues figure prominently among The Hooligans’ influences. “Irish music is so great,” says Jardel.
The Prodigals are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East Coast Irish scene. The band combines original lyrics and melody with a genuine passion for the traditional music of Ireland and a funky energy that is pure New York. The roots of the music are unmistakably traditional Irish; the branches that shoot off delve into rock, worldbeat, jazz and punk, and the result has been called “the best Irish trad-rock band.”
The Town Pants
With a decades worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway. With performances in hundreds of cities and over a dozen countries, The Town Pants have become a consistent audience favorite at Celtic, Folk, World, Irish and even Rock festivals throughout the United States, Canada and in Europe.
Timlin and Kane
Living in the Philadelphia area, the duo of Timlin and Kane has been playing to great acclaim for audiences throughout the United Sates and beyond for 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 and pubs of that time, 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 off beat humor which is a great part of their appeal as well as pure and compelling presentations of the traditional and contemporary Irish and 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.
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