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May 14, 2016
Craggy Island Band was formed in homage to the funniest TV show ever made — Father Ted. Once on a trip to the West Coast of Ireland (to learn new tunes), the Band was run off by an irate farmer, when they made a pilgrimage to the “Parochial House” where Father Ted was filmed.
Seriously, Craggy Island is made up of Paddy on guitar and bodhran, Gail on guitar, bouzouki and mandolin, and Susan, on fiddle and whistle. We are influenced by The Beatles (who isn’t?), The Grateful Dead,The Furnace Mountain Band, Bob Dylan, Kevin Burke, Phillipe Varlet, Danu, Solas, Altan, Dervish, and Furnace Mountain, among others.
While we love to perform Traditional Music, we like to throw in a few surprises! Come on out to hear us and see for yourself.
The Wild Irish Roses are a vivacious and riveting, dueling sisters group originally hailing from Southern Maryland. Being first-generation Irish Americans, Kaitlyn and Jessica have been very active in the Irish communities in the Mid-Atlantic area since they were very young. Their Mother was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland. and instilled in her children a love and passion for Celtic culture and arts.
The Roses have a jam packed routine full of everything from dancing on swords to dancing in figures. They mostly play Celtic music, but have been known to delve into Bluegrass and American style of playing. You will notice a little bit of Scottish as well as Irish flair in their routine.
The ladies have performed either as solo or as the Roses at the Kennedy Center, Rams Head Baltimore, Soundstage Baltimore, Maryland Irish Festival, Canton Irish Festival, Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland, and at various pubs and restaurants in the region.
Kaitlyn and Jessica have fond memories of performing as children “under the stars” at the first Frederick games back in 1999 when Clan Na Gael/Seven Nations were first starting out. They are excited to make their return to the stages of the Frederick Celtic Festival. You can find out more about the Wild Irish Roses by visiting their official Facebook page.
Across the Pond -Celtic Music on High Octane!
Across the Pond is a multi-instrumental trio performing their own high-energy arrangements of Irish and Scottish tunes and songs. While very passionate about their traditional roots, 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’s attention from the very first beat right to the end. Their music is fresh and entertaining.
With repertoire ranging from hauntingly slow airs to high-energy jigs and reels, and love ballads, to high energy traditional and contemporary songs, Across the Pond will take you on a musical rollercoaster ride of emotions.
Mike Morrison, Chuck Krepley and Dan Diviney are three native Pennsylvanians with diverse musical backgrounds, including mountain music from the Appalachians, derived from the Scottish and Irish who settled there centuries ago. They’ve developed their own unique style in the five years they’ve been performing together.
Formed late in 2010, Across the Pond climbed the Reverbnation charts and quickly become recognized as the premier Celtic band in south-central Pennsylvania. Shortly after the release of their first CD, ‘Kid on the Mountain’ in October 2014, they were named in the Top 20 Celtic folk bands world-wide by Marc Gunn, and they were selected as co-winners of the Texas Scots Talent Competition. Playing five to six dozen regional performances annually, they have entertained from Virginia Beach to Montreal, QC, at festivals, weddings, concerts, and of course pubs and wineries. They still take time to perform for retirement centers and nursing homes in their area.