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.

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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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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.

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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!

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Robert Tincher

2017 Performer

Robert Tincher first experienced the traditional music of the British Isles during the summer of 1973, as a University of Kentucky student visiting England and Scotland. It’s been his passion ever since. Over the years, he’s worked with several Celtic bands and as a solo performer.  His singing and musicianship are widely respected.

Visit him online at roberttincher.reverbnation.com

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Hewn From The Mountain

2017 Performer

Hewn From The Mountain is a band based in Oldham County, Ky. The group specializes in traditional and contemporary Irish, Celtic, Appalachian, International Folk, Bluegrass, & Americana music. Members Tom McShane, Valerie Keller, Tim State and Tom Roller will keep you entertained with tight harmony vocals and a wide variety of instruments including violin, viola, whistles, flute, piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer and an array of percussion instruments.

Hewn From The Mountain takes its name from a Crestwood, KY-based musical instrument shop of the same name. The business is owned by band member Tom McShane, who is also a master luthier. A Hewn From The Mountain show will take you on a foot tapping journey through traditional Irish jigs & reels to contemporary songs and ballads.

Visit them at www.hewnfromthemountain.com

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Lachlan

2016 Performer

You could call Lachlan something of a Simon and Garfunkel of Celtic music”

~ Lafayette Journal and Courier 

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Lachlan is a Celtic music duo rooted in fast paced traditional melodies and stories of the Celtic isles.

Lachlan has been playing Irish and Scottish music from as far as north as Chicago for the Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest, Indiana and as far south as Maryville, Tennessee near Knoxville for the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games.  Even though Lachlan only has two members people are pleasantly surprised by their huge sound.  They are loved for their driving bass beat and melodic high ends.  The duo is perfect for any venue from small bars to outdoor amphitheaters.  Lachlan can get any group to join in on their audience participation song and get them dancing to their tunes.

MATT HILL

Raised at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Morganton, Matt Hill’s music is strongly influenced by his Scottish ancestors who settled the region more than 100 years ago. The jigs, reels, and airs of Scottish traditional tunes inspired Matt to study abroad at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. He studied Highland bagpipes and tin whistles with internationally acclaimed Scottish musician, Finlay MacDonald.

Matt spent time in Amsterdam, Netherlands studying percussion under several world-class percussionists including Nancy Zeltsman, Jack van Geem, and Theodor Milkov. In May 2011, Matt graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in percussion performance.

The real events of life, love, relationships, and nature inspire Matt to write and share how he understands the world. Matt’s debut EP entitled, “Stories Often Missed”, released in April 2011, shares these stories that often go unnoticed.

JOSH BAILEY

Born and raised in Southern Indiana, Josh started learning to play various musical instruments from the age of 11. Soon after while attending high school, Josh learned to play the Great Highland Bagpipes and playing with the Louisville Pipe Band. Josh discovered his love of Irish tradition music while performing on the Irish low whistle and flutes at the local pub in Louisville, KY. After graduating high school, Josh began to play the Irish Uilleann pipes and hasn’t looked back since.

Josh has played in many Irish ceili bands, and was a founding member of the band Splitbow. He has played in many festivals such as the Louisville Irish Fest, and Berea Celtic Festival.

Josh has since then been studying to become an uilleann pipe maker.  His website for Uilleann Pipe making is BaileyPipes.com.  He currently plays on pipes that he built.  Josh’s playing is greatly influenced by Lunasa, Solas, and John McSherry.

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