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Rousing and raucous, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Take a trio of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar, a banjo and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a world percussionist, and you’ve got the ingredients for a show you won’t soon forget. Scythian’s high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music is the result of their origins as street performers and has one goal in mind – to get people up on their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, and then crosses back over the border to pick up some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks. Scythian is: Josef Crosby (Fiddle/Bass), Alexander (Fiddle/Mandolin) & Danylo Fedoryka (accordion/guitar), Ben-David Warner (Fiddle/Banjo) and Tim Hepburn(Percussion).
Barleyjuice was born out of Rock and Roll, reared on British Invasion, Country Western and Progressive Rock, and landed somewhere in the North Channel with a penchant for all things Celtic. Kyf Brewer, Keith “Swanny” Swanson, Shelley Weiss, Eric Worthington, and Gregor Schroeder welcome you to their playground of musical misbehavior. Kilts may be the preferred dress, but bagpipes, fiddle, accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, whistle, piano, harmonica, bass and drums cover them nicely even when they turn up naked.
Formed in 2006, Dublin 5 (formerly the Rovers) have taken the Celtic music scene by storm thanks to an eclectic mix of traditional roots and blazing instrumentals with an amped up rock twist. Their musicianship and show is nothing short of high octane. Their fan base is continually expanding and covers people of all ages from all walks of life. Fronted by Dublin native Ray Murphy and backed by Jenn Bell (fiddle), Eddie McGowan (bass and bagpipes), Jim Martin (percussion) and drummer Kevin Shook, they are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, if not up dancing in the aisle!
The Moxie Strings is the electrifying combination of fiddler, Diana Ladio, and cellist, Alison Lynn. With their feel-good melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms, these girls have put a fresh, enticing spin on Celtic and Americana music. Though rooted in tradition, The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience two of the world’s best-known instruments and oldest genres through a young, progressive lens. Diana and Alison often join forces with dynamic drummer and world percussionist, Fritz McGirr, to create a high-energy trio proven to captivate any audience. The Moxie Strings’ ear-catching originals and dance-worthy, traditional tunes have quickly made it one of Michigan’s most promising and well-loved instrumental acts.
The ShamRogues have been entertaining crowds all over the East Coast since 2009 with their unique brand of Irish music and dance. From Washington D.C. to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and the famous Irish venues of New York City the band has attracted fans of all ages and walks of life wherever they travel with their show. Having recently performed a series of sell out shows in Ireland the band has blasted onto the International scene in a blaze of electric fiddles and banjos
Formed by banjo player and County Laois native Jim Phelan, the band features Adam Wyatt on Vocals and Bodhran, the internationally renowned fiddler Johnny Benson, Chris Marsheck on Guitar, Gary Peresta on Bass, Rich Boshart on Drums and 8-time World Irish Dancing Championship finalist Katie Fox
Not a band to stand around on stage blasting out song after song, The ShamRogues like to involve their audience in a fun, lively evening of songs and stories of Ireland, and God help anyone who forgets to clap along !!!
Crossing Celtic puts a unique twist on that popular Irish sound! A solid traditional foundation, blended with rock and a healthy dose of the unexpected. Their music leaves audiences wanteing just one thing….. more! Crossing Celtic members Aaron Fowler (lead vocals/guitar), Brian Wise (guitar/vocals), George Rogers (whistles/ uilleann pipes/bodhran/vocals), Tommy Rogers (bass/vocals), and Garet Howard (drums/vocal) pump a powerful mix of musicality, energy, and fun into every performance. Plain and simple- these guys make great music! Hailing from Maryland and no strangers to the Irish music scene, their faces are familiar sights at Irish Pub and Festival stages across the Mid-Atlantic. Seasoned musicians all, Crossing Celtic delivers a sound that is uniquely their own…and has audiences on their feet!
The Kilmaine Saints were first conceived in 2009 by a few members of the Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums as a means to play bagpipes year round and acquire free beer and pub food. Although the idea of a band was mostly for fun, it quickly became clear that the music scene around them was lacking, and they knew just what it needed. A short time later, the Saints rounded out their crew with a singer from County Mayo, a brilliant fiddler, and an upbeat guitarist, and began pounding through blistering, high-energy live sets that have kept people wanting more. With their love of superior music and complimentary beer, the Kilmaine Saints and their Guinness-soaked hearts have been storming the North East, playing hundreds of shows from small-town pubs to large stage events. In addition to being the go-to band for the Philly chapter of the Dropkick Murphy charity fund (The Claddagh Fund), they have many large Irish festivals under their belt, including Pipes in the Valley, Celtic Fling, ShamrockFest, Annapolis Irish Festival and the Wildwood Irish Weekend.
In the bogside tradition….
Bogside Rogues, an Irish Rock Group, is based in the Philadelphia area and is known for an upbeat sound while maintaining their traditional roots. Drawing from the varied experience of its members, the band performs a variety of Irish and Celtic styles including ballads, rebel songs, traditional dance music (Ceili) and contemporary Irish songs. Featuring Accordion/Tin Whistle, Guitar, Bass and Drums, each of the band’s members have come together from different Celtic music backgrounds to form a striking live sound that has won over audiences wherever they go, and inspired many other musicians to take up instruments in order to continue the tradition. Inspired themselves, the group has toured extensively in the Mid-Atlantic United States. The group has taken their show abroad as well, having played on trips to Ireland as well as the Caribbean & the Panama Canal. While the band is at their best when performing at show venues like pubs and festivals, they have performed in Saint Patrick’s Day Parades and other functions featuring Irish music and culture.