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).
Archie was born in Glasgow into a large singing family. Constant music combined with his father’s appreciation of many musical styles proved to be a heavy influence on Archie’s music while his mother, a native Gaelic speaker from the Outer Hebrides, was a strong influence on the lyrical quality of his songwriting. Archie has had a long and distinguished musical career starting with his first self-titled album in 1968. He is a master guitarist, singer and songwriter. Archie Fisher is Scotland’s foremost troubadour and is known throughout the country as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Travelling Folk” show, which he has been presenting for over 25 years. Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music, he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen
The Pittsburg-based Bastard Bearded Irishmen are cutting their own path with an original, ferocious blend of rock, punk, acoustic and traditional, as well as contemporary Celtic sounds and are winners of “Best Rock Band in Pittsburgh” for 3 years (2012/2013/2014) in a row. Bastard Bearded Irishmen, or BBI, began playing in October 2008, originally meant to be a short lived tribute for a friend. The initial fun and fan reaction kept them going and they have now expanded their resume to include opening for bands such as the Dropkick Murphy’s and Gogol Bordello, as well as regional festivals. Their latest album includes 12 original and 3 traditional songs. Although they are consummate musical professionals (Danny has a Master’s degree in classical guitar and Paul is classically trained on the violin), these guys also know how to have a blast on stage and will be one of the most energetic live shows you will see.
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
Burning Bridget Cleary has been performing and recording their distinctive style of Celtic traditional music since 2006. Band-leader, Rose Baldino, drives this band with an unusual combination of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. The front of the band is shared with some of the best Celtic fiddle talent on the East Coast. Currently featured is Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician, and an integral part of the NYC Scottish fiddle scene. A driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion. 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. The band broke new ground in 2013 when their fourth CD, “Pressed for Time,” hit #1 on the Roots Music Folk and Roots Charts, and finished the year as one of the Folk DJ’s most played albums. Burning Bridget Cleary was recently listed in Marc Gunn’s “Top 20” International Celtic bands for 2014.
For over seven years Celtic Spirit has been entertaining countless people in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware area, bringing their combination of lively mix of Irish and Scottish music along with American folk and contemporary songwriters with a “Celtic edge” which is their hallmark. With a vast repertoire of songs both old and new, they can entertain at just about any venue and delight their audiences both young and old. They will have your feet tapping, hands clapping, and singing along to their lively songs.
Craig Thatcher & Nyke VanWyk
Regardless of the location or size of Venue in which they perform, Craig Thatcher and Nyke Van Wyk will have their audience at the edge of their seats with every note. The dynamics and energy of their performance captivate listeners of all ages with a unique blend of styles ranging from blues, to rock, to fingerpicking, to celtic and everything in between. These award winning musicians deliver their exciting sets with a vast selection of both original pieces as well as many songs you will certainly recognize, but performed in a way you'll only be able to experience with Craig and Nyke.
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.
Jamison grew out of the Irish-American streets of Northeast Philadelphia in 2003. Since them Jamison has grown to offer one of the most high energy shows on the East Coast with dynamic reel 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 excitement that few live shows can produce.
Philadelphia based duo, Killen-Clark, consists of Kimberly Killen and Gerry Clark. Kim & Gerry have been playing Irish music together for nearly 20 years.
Kilmaine Saints is a band formed on good whiskey and bad intentions. The brainchild of two members of a Harrisburg Pipe & Drum band, this side project was originally created with the sole intention of getting them free beer on St. Patrick’s Day (and they might add—mission accomplished.). After incorporating the help of fellow members from the pipe band and other notable musicians from the area, they soon realized they were in for one hell of a ride. Since 2009 they have continued to pound through blistering, high-energy live sets that people singing along, stomping their feet, lifting their pints, and shouting for more. With several hundred shows, including festivals up and down the East Coast, 2 critically-acclaimed releases under their belts, national and international airplay, and an ever-expanding and extremely local base, it’s no wonder the world is starting to stand up and notice. 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.
Matt & Shannon Heaton
Boston-based husband-and-wife duo Matt & Shannon Heaton offer updated and traditional Irish music on flute/guitar/bouzouki, stirring traditional-style singing, and a fresh, appealing stage show. After years of playing sessions and performances in Chicago, Clare, and their adopted home of Boston Matt & Shannon bring to their performances a depth of shared experience and a love for Irish music. They make music trad purists can sink their teeth into... and they also make music accessible to general music fans. Their stage banter and rapport with audiences is comfortable, often hilarious. The Boston Globe's Scott Alarik wrote, "Their playing is masterful and inventive, their arrangements city-smart and spacious. Still. they never forget that Irish music is, at its heart, a neighborly form meant for sharing, not showing off."
The four generations of the McPeake Family are one of those rare Irish gems that have been whispered as ‘folk-royalty.’ Their beloved song “Wild Mountain Thyme” has been on the lips of music lovers across the globe - in Irish pubs, concert halls, and music festivals worldwide - since it was first performed in the late 1940s. This hauntingly beautiful folk anthem has been covered by music superstars such as Glen Frey (The Eagles), Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan and Judy Collins, to name but a very few. Francis McPeake I penned “Wild Mountain Thyme;” Francis McPeake II influenced Van Morrison, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan; Francis McPeake III taught John Lennon the Uilleann Pipes; and now Francis McPeake IV - who has worked with iconic Hollywood film companies, such as Walden Media, and Academy Award-winning actors - has formed the vibrant new band McPeake. McPeake’s unique blend of Indie, Country, Folk, and Irish music attracts widely diverse audiences that might not otherwise commingle. Fans consistently use superlatives such as fresh, authentic, original, and dazzling to describe the experience that is – McPeake!
High energy and a lot of fun, The Mudmen are a Celtic Rock Band who inspire a party as soon as they hit the stage. Founded by the Campbell brothers in 1998, The Mudmen have 8 studio cd’s building a resume and a legion of fans from young to old. The Mudmen have met and preformed for the Queen and have been honored to entertain and share the stage with numerous celebrities in their native Canada. The Mudmen Robby Campbell, Sandy Campbell, Mario Bozza, Steve Gore, Anthony Albanese, and Jeremy Burton believe nice guys do finish first. Their love for music and performing is as strong as their off stage friendship. With over 2000 shows to date you are sure to feel the same way about the Canadian Celtic Rock band known as The Mudmen.
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.
Pocono Highland Dance Academy
The Pocono Highland Dancers are a cultural and educational group of young dancers that promote Scottish Culture in the Pocono Mountain Area. The Pocono Highland Dance Academy was founded in 1975 by Lynne Erbrick (Bustos). Students of the Pocono Highland Dance Academy have been representatives for the Eastern and Southeast Regions to the US Inter-Regional Championships. They have also qualified and placed at Cowal Highland Games.
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. With a thorough knowledge of the traditional and contemporary songs of Ireland and Scotland, he is equally proficient with American music, whether it be folk, country, bluegrass or a little Western Swing. A thirty-seven-year veteran of the Irish/Celtic festival circuit, he was first influenced by the legendary Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, and from them he learned the importance of not only being a solid musician and singer, but also of being an all-round entertainer
Steve & John
Steve Stanislaw & John Beatty have been performing together since 2010. Both accomplished musicians on their own, they play authentic Irish traditional music. Each play multiple instruments including banjo, fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, flute, whistles, and bodhran.
The last 27 years have seen Tempest release nine critically acclaimed CDs on Magna Carta, and play more than 2,000 gigs. 2015 will see Tempest continue touring and bringing their Celtodelic Rock to their established and new fans while supporting their new album, “The Tracks We Leave”, on Magna Carta Records. Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a hybrid of high-energy Celtic Rock. But as the band has matured throughout the years, their music has morphed stylistically. World Music has seeped into Tempest's over all sound because the band members are drawn to traditional and ethnic music from around the globe. There has been a natural progression towards coloring Tempest's music with elements from Scandinavia, India, African and Arabic countries. Middle Eastern flavors, traditional Irish and Scottish Medleys mingle with Robert Burns poems, Norwegian lyrics and heavy rock instrumentals on Tempest's finest record to date.
The Fretless is a young and innovative band that melds the worlds of Celtic, folk and chamber music into an amazing and unique sound they like to call rad trad. They may look like a string quartet, but with innovative arrangements and roots deeply based in Celtic and Canadian fiddle styles, The Fretless is creating their own unique path in the music world. Hailing from all across North America, the members of The Fretless are Ivonne Hernandez – violin, viola, step dancing and vocals, from Victoria, BC, Canada. Trent Freeman – violin and viola, from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Karrnnel Sawitsky – violin and viola from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Eric Wright – cello, from Los Angeles, California, USA.
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 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