Keltricity 

2017 Performer

Keltricity is a Celtic-world band that features traditional, contemporary and eclectic Celtic-influenced music from Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland, England, Brittany, New England and French Canada. The five-member group is comprised of accomplished musicians with backgrounds in various musical genres, from traditional Irish bands to Scottish and New England contra dance bands, to classical, rock and jazz. The variety of these experiences now converge to provide some of the most innovative music around.

Instrumentation consists of accordion (Laurel Fuson), mandolin (Joe Burch), fiddle (Anna Blanton), vocals and keyboard (Caroline Yeager) and guitar (Henry Austin). Clear, crisp vocals characteristic of the genre are presented as solos and two-part harmonies. Together these sounds present fresh musical perspectives on a respected tradition.

Keltricity has performed within a broad range of venues including some of the area’s most prominent annual outdoor festivals, heritage day celebrations, holiday shows, state park programs, radio broadcasts, benefit concerts, wedding receptions, traditional English and contra dances in the region and, of course, at regional pubs. They are part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists roster, reflecting excellence in performances. A Keltricity performance is always full of new and exciting musical surprises in arrangements of songs and tunes that have become favorites of avid Celtic traditionalists as well as eclectic music lovers.

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The Drowsy Lads

2015 Performer

The Drowsy Lads roared onto the Irish music scene in the Midwest and have become favorites at pubs, clubs, and festivals.

This combo from Ohio of brothers John and Daniel McKewen, father and son Phil and Josh Franck, and comrade Bryan Brookes bring to the stage a concoction of deadly dance tunes and delightful songs appealing to audiences ranging from casual newbies to those steeped in hardcore Trad.

The Drowsy Lads were featured at Lakeside Ohio’s Chautauqua series for three years, and were guest artists with the Otterbein University Orchestra.  They’ve played a number of Irish festivals, and have shared the stage with the likes of Dervish, SLIDE, John Whelan, and lead dancer of Riverdance Joe Moriarity.

Please make welcome, The Drowsy Lads!

2016 Entertainment Schedule coming soon.

Na Skylark

2017 Performer

“na Skylark,” which simply means “the Skylark” in Irish, is devoted to the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and Brittany on Ireland’s national instruments: the Irish harp and the Irish uilleann (“elbow”) pipes. na Skylark weaves these instruments and others – including the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Irish flutes and whistles, the Irish fiddle, and various percussion – into a tapestry of sound and feeling that’s truly unique. Imagine the Celtic Women “off broadway” and know you are in for a treat. Join us for a wee while as Lorinda Jones (harp, dulcimer) and Cathy Wilde (pipes, whistles) and Jannell Canerday (vocals and fiddle) share the music, history, songs and stories of the Celtic lands and send your spirits soaring.

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The Heartland Harp Ensemble

2017 Performer

The Heartland Harp Ensemble, under the direction of Lorinda Jones, meets in Elizabethtown, KY with members from across central KY.  The group has traveled to both Ireland and Scotland, learning the history of the harp and recreating the tunes in their own arrangements that include not only the Irish harp, but also complimentary instruments such as the flute, psaltery, Irish whistle and flute, accordion, and percussion.

Oh the sound of Celtic and American folk songs on multiple harps!!

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The Ladies of Longford

2015 Performer

Hilda Doyle, her two daughters, Stephanie Doyle Gamber and Heather Doyle Fraser, are the framework of this fresh present-day Celtic band (www.ladiesoflongford.com). Joined by Elizabeth Blickenstaff (Fiddle), they form a mix of fun and skill that is out of the ordinary. For over a decade their music has thrilled audiences from the smallest Irish pubs to the largest festival and concert venues, including the Milwaukee and Dublin Irish Festivals. Their arrangements give traditional Irish melodies a new and contemporary point of view.

While all four of these ladies are excellent performers in their own right, it’s the tight vocal harmonies of this mother-daughter trio that will give you chills. Not to mention, the remarkable musicianship of Liz which will have you reeling in smiles and amazement. When these four women take the stage, the energy and fun is something no one fails to notice.

They will soothe your soul and rock your world.

2016 Entertainment Schedule coming soon.

Guilderoy Byrne 

2017 Performer

Performs songs, tunes, and stories. Music includes Celtic, Irish, Scottish and International selections – Released New CD in 2015:  I Once Loved a Lass”.

Guilderoy Byrne _greg Greg Byrne on vocals & guitars.  Has performed throughout the USA and Canada as both soloist and group member. Has produced 5 CD’s of Irish and Celtic Music with Guilderoy Byrne, Galloglas, and Mad Catherine and the Moondog Pirates. Father’s family immigrated to the USA from Ireland in 1842 by way of Philadelphia.  Mother’s family is Scottish.
Guilderoy Byrne _cathy Cathy Owens on fiddle and vocals. Blends an influence of bluegrass, country, and folk music in her stage presentation. Performed at Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, FanFair, and major International and USA Festivals as a member of the Wildwood Girls.  Studied Sligo Irish fiddling under Brian and Rose Conway. Performs at Museum of Appalachia in Norris TN, a Smithsonian Affiliate.
Guilderoy Byrne _mark Mark Cannon on vocals, whistle, flute, mandolin, fiddle & percussion. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist. There is not a traditional instrument Mark hasn’t played or contemplated playing! Former member of traditional group Ten Penny Bit, and a well-known dance & band leader.  Mark is a Galway-style vocalist and is an expert at Irish drinking songs.
Guilderoy-Byrne_Tiffany Tiffany Taylor on vocals and percussion. Classically trained, Tiffany has performed many genres in addition to Celtic, including folk, blues, and country; she is also a former member of Voces Novae choral ensemble. Also an accomplished actress, Tiffany served as board president for Louisville Repertory Co. and has appeared in numerous plays presented by Louisville Rep, Pandora Productions, and other Louisville-area companies.

 

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Derby Boys

2017 Performer

The Derby Boys are named for the hats that are so popular on St. Patrick’s Day and for the Kentucky Derby which is held on the first Saturday in May in our hometown. The Derby Boys concentrate on pub songs and use a variety of instruments (banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, hand-drums, flute, whistle, and the male voice!) to capture the spirit of Ireland’s beloved ballads and drinking and rebel songs.

Doctors advise consuming the Derby Boys with a moderate dose of Guinness or Harp!

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Louisville Pipe Band

2017 Performer

The Louisville Pipe Band is in good standing and recognized by the Midwest Piping Association as a competitive and performing Bagpipe Band based in Louisville, Kentucky.

LouisvillePipeBand_2016_LogoMembers are drawn from throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana.

The band performs at community and corporate events, weddings and festivals in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The band successfully competes in several Highland Games each year and its individual members are often found among those placing in the top three in their respective solo competitions.

The Band is a charitable non-profit corporation and is financially sustained by performance fees, private donations and corporate sponsorships to facilitate teaching programs and travel to competitions.

The Band’s accomplishments include:

  • Competing in the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland
  • Participating in the 10,000 Piper Millennium Parade in Edinburgh
  • Presenting a concert at the Bomhard Theater in the Kentucky Center with special guest and world class solo bagpiper, Alasdair Gillies.
  • Playing at the opening and the closing ceremonies for the PGA Ryder Cup held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Feckless Fear Dearg

2015 Performer

Feckless Fear Dearg was founded in January 2012 to provide Irish music to the pubs of Bowling Green Kentucky. From our humble beginnings in the pub to playing big cities and festivals, Feckless has taken off like a rocket. Combining the old traditional tunes and ballads with their new original tunes, Feckless Fear Dearg offers a wide variety of melodies and rhythms and sounds while maintaining a stong Celtic vibe. With the release of their first record Nov 9 2012 the Feckless army grows ever stronger and marches toward their next project which will consist of all original music!

2016 Entertainment Schedule coming soon.