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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Coig

Their new album Rove, Nova Scotia's powerhouse Còig has cemented its status as one of today’s most exciting new North American Celtic groups. With over 30 group and solo awards, the four members of the band are already recognized as major stars of the Celtic world. Rove was recognized with a 2018 East Coast Music Award and 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award.

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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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Imar

There are many reasons to be excited about new Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar – not least a line-up featuring current and former members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara, Mabon and The Lowground, whose collectively crammed trophy-cabinet includes a BBC Young Folk Award and several All-Britain/All-Ireland titles. By far the best and biggest reason, however, is how excited the band are themselves.

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Jamison

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 Irish reels mixed into rock, reggae, modern pop, hiphop and dance covers. Fans are sure to leave a show with a sweaty shirt and an excitement that few live shows can produce. Jamison appears regularly CBS Philly and Fox 29 Good Day promoting all things Irish in the region.

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Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse

For more than 25 years, Alabama natives Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse have been performing Celtic music across the US as well as in Canada, Scotland, and Israel with various ensembles, including Henri’s Notions, singer Ed Miller, and fiddler John Taylor. In 2010, Chambless & Muse began performing as a duo as well. Both bring together a wonderful listening experience from haunting ballads to upbeat songs with a smooth delivery that never fails to bring both smiles and tears in every performance.

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Killen and Clark

More than twenty years ago, Kim Killen and Gerry Clark were two of the founding members of Causeway, a raucous and rocking Celtic band based in Philadelphia. Built around Kim’s extraordinary vocal range and power, the group became fan favorites from the coal regions of Pennsylvania to the Jersey shore. Years later, older but no wiser, Kim and Gerry resumed their musical partnership as Killen and Clark, enchanting audiences with their humor and harmony. Come share a pint, and a laugh, and sing along; we’re all old friends by now!

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Low Lily

Voted the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s "Most Wanted" band of 2016, the Brattleboro-based trio LOW LILY explores the roots and branches of American and Celtic folk music. Low Lily is Liz Simmons (vocals, guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals, fiddle), and with Corey DiMario (double bass). They are masterful players, composers and arrangers with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time.

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No Irish Need Apply

No Irish Need Apply consists of five musicians from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sing original and cover songs showcasing 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

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O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance

The O’Grady Quinlan Academy was founded in 2005, the result of an exciting merger between two popular well-established Lehigh Valley’s Irish Dance schools – the Maureen O’Grady School of Irish Dance and the Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance. O’Grady Quinlan offers students more than two decades of teaching leadership, a top notch roster of teachers certified by the Irish An Comisiun le Rince Galeacha and a cutting edge new training facility.

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Pigeon Kings

With a lifetime of touring and performance experience between them, musicians Josef Crosby and Victor Gagnon have joined forces to create something new - a sound that's hard to define, but comes from deep roots and deep soul. Pigeon Kings draws from Celtic and Rock influences, but they're not Celtic Rock; there are traditional elements, but they are by no means a traditional band. With elements of Americana and Bluegrass threaded in, they have a sound and persona all their own without gimmicks or pretense.

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Poor Man’s Gambit

Poor Man's Gambit is a trio of traditional artists comprised of Corey Purcell (button accordion, cittern, vocals, bodhran, dance), Dylan Richardson (guitar, tenor banjo, bouzouki, vocals), and Genevieve Gillespie (fiddle, vocals, dance)

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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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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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The Fitzgeralds

A family group consisting of fiddling and step dancing siblings - Tom, Kerry & Julie Fitzgerald. These siblings, from just outside of Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley, have come a long way from their small town roots. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, this unique act features high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing. It is the rare combination of exceptional musicianship, incomparable step dancing, audience interaction, evident love of performing, and genuine sibling connection that resonates with audiences of all ages and sets this group apart.

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The Fretless

The Fretless is the Canadian fiddle foursome playing an essential part in the emerging movement mainstreaming traditional music. Starting with its debut album in 2012, the band has steadily pushed further into the public eye, winning Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and Instrumental Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Its 2014 tune “Waving To Ryan” has topped a million Spotify plays, and in 2016, The Fretless took home a Juno™ award for Instrumental Album of The Year for its 2017 full-length release “Bird’s Nest”

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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.