RUNA

2017 Headline Performer

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song.

“Timeless and flawless…”
— Jim Allford, PA Music Scene

RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle.

RUNA recently released their fifth album, RUNA: LIVE, which was recorded at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD on Thursday, March 17th, 2016. Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, the album has been hailed as “an incredible masterpiece” — Marcene Bronson, The Celtic Crier

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Jannell Canerday & Adam Cecil

2017 Performer

Adam Cecil: Adam grew up in a family of musicians, and began playing classical and traditional Irish music at a young age. His love for Irish music stems from a love for sharing music with others without the pressure and rules of the classical style. He is currently studying chemical engineering at UofL.

Jannell Canerday: Jannell has been steeping in the overlapping worlds of folk music, bluegrass, and traditional Irish music for more years than she wants to say, and can be spotted with various rootsy bands around town, including na Skylark Trio and A Dram in the Attic.  She is continually inspired by the many ways people use music to connect with each other, and is grateful for every note she gets to share.

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Celtica Fae

2017 Performer

Fae of the realms have gathered to bring their own sound to Celtic and other realms of music for your listening pleasure.

Members are:

  • Kimberly Whallen — Oakley the Faerie
  • Dustin Kavich — Diuran Thistlegaard the Dryad
  • Pat Ahrens — Lafe Broadgulf the Satyr
  • Donald Caffery — Poppin McKracken the Leprechaun

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Brigid Kaelin

2017 Performer

Multi-instrumentalist Brigid Kaelin travels the world performing her alt-country-cabaret songs. She’s been a musical guest on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, was a semi-finalist on Nashville Star, has played with Elvis Costello many times, and tours Europe at least once a year, She also writes the popular blog, The Red Accordion Diaries, where she details her adventures in music, travel, whisky and motherhood. She overshares in both prose and song. Louisville, Kentucky is home.

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Brigid Kaelin

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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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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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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