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Friday, May 25
 

11:00am PDT

Shillelagh Jack
Foot stompin' good times!

Friday May 25, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage 47.62314, -122.35246
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Shillelagh jack was formed by a group of friends who are so good at having fun, that they felt obliged to include everyone! They play hard stomping Irish traditional music that brings out the "Rompous, head-butting, foot tapping, group chanting animal" in us all! Never a dull time when this group is around a good pint with good friends!

2:20pm PDT

Jori Chisholm
Great Highland Bagpipe Music!

Friday May 25, 2012 2:20pm - 2:50pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 47.62109, -122.35258

3:00pm PDT

Oran nan Carr
Scottish Gaelic Folk Group

Friday May 25, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, Highland Fling
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Stirring and texturally rich traditional Scottish folk music is the creative passion of this Seattle-area vocal and instrumental ensemble. Oran nan Carr began in 1998 when four members of Seattle's Gaelic choir, Seirm sang together as they carpooled to choir rehearsals. They entered the vocal competition at Mod Vancouver in 1999 and had so much fun, they've been singing together ever since, adding instruments, various singers and several awards along the way. The groups name is the Scottish Gaelic idiom for "cantata", which also means "songs of the car" when an accent mark is added to Car. Oran nan Carr prides itself on being one of precious few US ensembles performing primarily in the endangered Scottish Gaelic language. Website: www.orannancar.com

3:40pm PDT

Cronan
Scottish Hot Jigs, Gaelic Song

Friday May 25, 2012 3:40pm - 4:10pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, Highland Fling
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography Traditional Scottish Gaelic and Scots songs mostly learned from tradition bearers in Scotland. We've been playing and singing together since the mid-90's. Christina and Christian both play in Piper's Creek. Christian is a member of the Stout Pounders. Judith won the gold medal for Traditional Gaelic Singing in the 2001 Scottish National Championship.

4:00pm PDT

Northwest Scottish Fiddlers
Scottish Fiddlers and Friends

Friday May 25, 2012 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Center House Theatre: Sponsored by KUOW 47.62170, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography The NW Scottish Fiddlers, originally formed in the 80's by Calum MacKinnon have been enjoying a revival since 2006 with a growing membership of fiddlers and friends. They play at events around the NW and sponsor an annual winter workshop featuring Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. The club is mostly based in Edmonds where they hold monthly meetings and they welcome new members interested in traditional Scottish fiddling.

4:20pm PDT

Seumas Gagne & Friends
Gaelic songs, new and old.

Friday May 25, 2012 4:20pm - 4:50pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, Highland Fling
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Seumas Gagne sings and plays new and original Scottish Gaelic songs and tunes on the Celtic harp. He has been performing and teaching in the Pacific Northwest for many years and is now producing his first solo CD.

4:35pm PDT

John Gothard
Songs of the British Isles

Friday May 25, 2012 4:35pm - 5:05pm PDT
Folklife Cafe 47.62383, -122.35084
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography performances includes voice, guitar and English concertina, you might hear anything from sea songs and Child ballads to songs of Irish immigration

5:00pm PDT

Calum MacKinnon and Friends
Scottish Fiddling Next Gen.

Friday May 25, 2012 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, Highland Fling
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Calum is a well known Scottish fiddler who has performed at Folklife for close to 30 years including the 1985 Folklife Benefit Concert. The other young fiddlers are some of his premier students. Guinevere Saenger is a talented pianist and teacher recently arrived from California.

6:00pm PDT

Middlemarch
Music Scottish/English Borders

Friday May 25, 2012 6:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography Kat Eggleston is a well known singer/song writer. Wally Bell is from Morpeth, Northumberland, where he has been involved with the traditional music scene for decades. John Dally has been playing pipes for over 40s. He's appeared on CDs and published a book of tunes with NW piping history.

6:40pm PDT

Loch Dhu
Energetic Celtic Music

Friday May 25, 2012 6:40pm - 7:10pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)

7:20pm PDT

Celtic Fire
Wild Celtic Band - Fun Folk Music

Friday May 25, 2012 7:20pm - 7:50pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography We play fun Celtic music. Lots of humor, some off the wall songs. We love to entertain and have strong audience participation. Celtic Fire has played together for 15 years. Website: Acelticfire.com

8:00pm PDT

Tra le Gael
Montana Celtic with a flair

Friday May 25, 2012 8:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Tra le Gael is a Montana favorite that plays Celtic music ranging from sweet harmonies to driving, energetic reels. Their members off-stage talents range from veterinary medicine to civil engineering, with teaching and parenting in between. The variety of their arrangements, from traditional to contemporary, fits many a festive occasion. They have been featured at several Irish festivals in Montana, and will appear on the Montana PBS series “11th and Grant with Eric Funk” airing in March 2012.

9:20pm PDT

Molly's Revenge with Rebecca Lomnicky
Dynamic, acoustic, Celtic.

Friday May 25, 2012 9:20pm - 10:00pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography This high energy Celtic band is ten years old, having performed at prestigious events all over the the US, and as far away as China, Australia, and Scotland, and last year performed such a rousing set at the Northwest Folklife Festival that their 2011 set was included on this years official festival cd, "Roots and Branches". They are once again joined by Glenfiddich fiddle champion of Scotland, Rebecca Lomnicky.
 
Saturday, May 26
 

11:00am PDT

Kevin McCormack
Irish Folk Singer

Saturday May 26, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Acoustic Stage (Shaw Room) 47.62296, -122.35508
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Originally from Dublin, Kevin McCormack spent his music career playing drums in various different indie rock bands in Ireland until the summer of 2008 when he moved to New York City to indulge in his real passion; singing the ballads. McCormack's love of traditional Irish music started after hearing the voice of Luke Kelly from his fathers two Dubliner's cassette tapes in the car. Over the years McCormack collected an extensive repartoire of Irish folk songs from the the singing of the greats such as Kelly, Drew, Moore, Makem and Clancy. Currently touring extensively throughout the United States, McCormack is to start working on his first studio album this coming Spring. Kevin sings and plays guitar, 5-string banjo and bodran and is currently playing most gigs as a duo with Aaron Lowry on guitar and backing vocals. Known for his lively and energetic sets, McCormack's repertoire spans from the bawdiest of Irish drinking songs, down to the quietest of laments and love songs. No two shows are the same, though, of this you can be always certain; plenty of craic will be had by all...

11:40am PDT

Puirt na Gael
Scottish Instrumental Quartet

Saturday May 26, 2012 11:40am - 12:10pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Puirt na Gael is a folk-band based in the Pacific Northwest that plays traditional Celtic instrumental music. Fast-paced jigs, hornpipes and reels in the Cape Breton style are typical, with melody leads being passed around between Borderpipe, Scottish Smallpipe, Fiddle and Guitar – with the odd flute and penny whistle contributing to tune sets from time to time as well. The band members are huge fans of Scottish music, and regularly participate in sessions with other Celtic music enthusiasts around the greater Seattle area. Aaron Malcomb plays Scottish Reelpipes, flute and whistle for the band, and has assembled many of the tune sets performed by the band. An accomplished Highland piper, Aaron lives in Bellingham, WA, and plays with the New Westminster Police Pipe Band in British Columbia. He also pursues an active competitive piping career in the circuit of Highland Games in the Pacific Northwest and Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Brandy Driscoll plays fiddle with the band, and lives in Sedro Woolley, WA. Originally from Phoenix, Brandy is a very talented and energetic fiddler, well-versed in a variety of styles of fiddle music. She loves session music playing, and especially the Cape Breton style of Scottish tunes played at break-neck tempos! She will take the melody lead often in sets, but sneaks in beautiful harmonies all the time too! Skye Richendrfer plays Scottish Smallpipes and Reelpipes, along with whistle. He lives in Mount Vernon, WA, and has played Highland Pipes for over 40 years, and only recently has leapt into the trad music scene. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Celtic Arts Foundation, Skye is very involved in organizing Highland Games, producing concerts and instructional workshops featuring top pipers and drummers from the UK and beyond. Sue Truman lives in Seattle and plays guitar, and fiddle. What’s more, she keeps a continual Cape Breton Step Dance going with both feet during her playing! Sue’s been plugged into the greater Seattle music scene for many years, and just loves to play tunes and she’s a much sought-after accompanist.

11:50am PDT

Brandon Vance and Mark Minkler
Celtic Fiddle

Saturday May 26, 2012 11:50am - 12:25pm PDT
Center House Theatre: Sponsored by KUOW 47.62170, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Brandon Vance, Two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and multi-instrumentalist folk and jazz musician Mark Minkler have been collaborating in the Northwest for more than a decade now, and have released a beautiful album called "Beyond the Borders," an intimate album comprised of both original traditional music rooted strongly in the Scottish and Irish traditions, while allowing subtle harmonic and stylistic influences from Jazz and Classical music to seep into the fabric.

12:00pm PDT

Randal Bays Alehouse Ceili Band
Irish, ceili, cultural, trad

Saturday May 26, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Ceili Dance
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography The ALEHOUSE CEILI BAND starring Randal Bays "Bays is the genuine article." - The Rough Guide to Irish Music Randal Bays is an American musician whose mastery of the intricate art of Irish fiddle playing has earned him an international reputation among fans of Irish music. He’s an exciting and dynamic performer whose music grows out of a deep respect for the ancient wellsprings of the Irish tradition, bringing the music alive in the here and now with every performance. Accompanying Randal will be Susan Waters on fiddle, Willie Bays on Flute, Barry Fox on banjo, Brendan Boyle on bodhrán, Tom Lawrence on concertina and Suzanne Taylor on piano. A mighty band for sure!

12:35pm PDT

Northwest Junior Pipe Band
Seattle's Only Youth Pipe Band

Saturday May 26, 2012 12:35pm - 1:05pm PDT
Mural Amphitheatre 47.62057, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography We are a performance & competition youth bagpipe & drum band teaching bass, tenor and snare drumming and bagpipe to children ages 6-18. Based in Shoreline WA, founded in 1995 by Charlie McNeil to foster the love of traditional Scottish music in Puget Sound Youth. NWJPB traveled to Glasgow, Scotland in 2011 to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships where they took 5th place in their division.

1:00pm PDT

A Wee Bit Celtic
High Energy Celtic Music

Saturday May 26, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography A Wee Bit Celtic (formerly Irish Revenge) has been playing shows in the Seattle-Tacoma area for the past year, including Folklife in 2010, Summer Fest in Lakewood; Kent 4th of July and the Puyallup Fair. Band info at: aweebitceltic.com

1:15pm PDT

The Onlies
Awesome Next Gen Musicians

Saturday May 26, 2012 1:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 47.62109, -122.35258
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography The three amazing traditional musicians have known each other since they were 2 years old, and have been playing together as a band for about 4 years. They are steeped in tradition, having studied with many of the masters in the US, but are also writing their own tunes.

1:20pm PDT

Big Rock Fiddlers
Hot Fiddle Music/ Cool Teens

Saturday May 26, 2012 1:20pm - 1:50pm PDT
Mural Amphitheatre 47.62057, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography The Big Rock Fiddlers are an ensemble of string players from Horizon Middle School in the Central Valley School District. Under the direction of Eugene Jablonsky, they have performed an assortment of world fiiddle tunes at Folklife and in the Spokane area since 1992.

1:25pm PDT

Sean Connors
Kids dig Irish Music

Saturday May 26, 2012 1:25pm - 1:50pm PDT
Folklife Cafe 47.62383, -122.35084
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography Sean Connors is a dynamic 14 year old fiddler with a passion for Irish Folk music. Sean's roots are in Seattle where he lived for 12 years and studied under Isla Ross and Eliot Grasso. Now living in Southern Oregon, Sean regularly plays small concerts, dances and sessions.

1:40pm PDT

Early Humans
Fiddling Melody and Groove

Saturday May 26, 2012 1:40pm - 2:10pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Hailing from Portland Oregon, the Early Humans emerged out of living room jam sessions. They explore traditional and unique Irish, Scandinavian and American tunes.

2:20pm PDT

Waterbound
Blazing Mando/Autoharp

Saturday May 26, 2012 2:20pm - 2:50pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography From their beginnings at a Victory Open Mic, Waterbound has been a unique (as in the only mandolin/autoharp duo anywhere!) presence in the NW music scene. Steve and Mimi demonstrate their abilities to take the traditional and twist it something completely new. They demonstrate just what can be done with this most unusual of instrument combinations. They have played from Fort Langley to Florence and Tukwila to Tumbleweed.

5:00pm PDT

Seirm
Scottish Gaelic Songs & Tunes

Saturday May 26, 2012 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Center House Theatre: Sponsored by KUOW 47.62170, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Seirm is the main musical porgram of Slighe nan Gaidheal, Washington's Scottish Gaelic language and cultural society. The group began in November 1996 as a 4-part a cappella choir in order to participate in Mod Vancouver 1997, where it won the Sons of Scotland shield for mixed choirs. Seirm continued to compete and win honors at Mod Vancouver until the biennial Gaelic singing competition ended in 2007. Seirm changed formats, adding tradition- friendly instruments to accompany songs and play tunes fosr Scottish ceildh dances. Seirm performs at various Scottish aand community events, promoting interest and awareness of the Scottish Gaelic language, music and song tradition. Website: www.slighe.com

7:15pm PDT

O'Carolan's Corner
O'Carolan Most of the Time

Saturday May 26, 2012 7:15pm - 7:45pm PDT
Alki Court Stage 47.62286, -122.35328
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Four Seattle musicians who -- to our benefit -- can't get enough of late-17th/early-18th century composer, Turlough O'Carolan. It is rumored, however, that they will, on occasion, play music of other composers. The group features Mary Grider, multi-instrumentalist and arranger, who for years has led an Irish jam on Sundays at Fado downtown. Lynn Graves, on Fiddle; Phyllis Baker on concertina and penny whistle; and Bob Morgan on guitar.

7:35pm PDT

Floating Crowbar
Traditional Irish Music and Song

Saturday May 26, 2012 7:35pm - 8:10pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 47.62109, -122.35258
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography Floating Crowbar plays a high energy mix of irish instrumental music and songs from traditional and contemporary sources. Coming from a wide variety of backgrounds and musical interests, they bring together their common passion for Irish music, good humour, mutual respect and friendship in to a show that will be enjoyed by all.
 
Sunday, May 27
 

11:00am PDT

Celt Check!
Full Frontal Harmony

Sunday May 27, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Acoustic Stage (Shaw Room) 47.62296, -122.35508
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Celt Check! has been together for about 7 years, performing, primarily, at Highland Games & Renaissance Fairs, with a few pub gigs thrown in here and there.

11:00am PDT

Humours of Hawthorne
Irish

Sunday May 27, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography The players' musical stars crossed at various sessions and tune learning opportunities in Portland, Oregon, including Artichoke Music, on Hawthorne Boulevard, where Dan Compton shares tunes. Mary Carey most recently hails from Atlanta Georgia, where she performed with Father O'Reilly Ceili Band and the Ballybeg Ceili Band and active Comhaltas. Nancy and Mark Roberts have performed with various small groups including Swanky Ceili and Furriskey's Lament and served on Portland Ceili Society's Board. All members are a part of the Green Apple Jam band, and Steve Rapalus can be found playing with The Cat Food Band at East Fork Cellars and IrishTown in Vancouver.

11:00am PDT

The Irish Pipers' Club
Irish music, Irish pipes

Sunday May 27, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage 47.62314, -122.35246
  Music Performance, (if applicable)

12:00pm PDT

Introduction to Irish Fiddle
With Aurora Burd

Sunday May 27, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Olympic Room 47.62292, -122.35512
  Music-Dance Workshop Application, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography Aurora discovered her love of traditional Irish music upon moving to Seattle, from California. She enjoys listening to (and playing along with) recordings of Clare-based fiddlers such as Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, James Kelly, and Martin Hayes. Several years ago she was drawn to the slow airs, since these beautiful melodies are older than most reels and jigs. From 2008 - 2010 she competed at the All-Ireland Fleadh (the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann) in Tullamore, Ireland, where in 2009 she placed second in the Fiddle Slow Air competition. She is an experienced fiddle teacher with numerous students age 10 - adult in the Seattle area.

12:00pm PDT

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Puget Sound Branch

Sunday May 27, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Irish Country Dance

12:30pm PDT

Erin NcNamee & Friends
Irish Folk/Celtic/Sean-nos

Sunday May 27, 2012 12:30pm - 1:00pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage 47.62314, -122.35246
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Erin McNamee and Friends have been playing music together for eight, almost nine, years in Seattle. They play fun upbeat Irish tunes,ballads, jigs, and reels are what we enjoy playing. More info at www.erinmcnamee.com

12:35pm PDT

Brían Ó hAirt
Irish Gaelic/Sean-nós Singing

Sunday May 27, 2012 12:35pm - 1:05pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, The Rose, the Shamrock and the Thistle: Music from the Old Sod
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Brían Ó hAirt’s anomalous voice stands as a testament to the power of tradition. His ability to share the mind’s eye of an older generation of singers has afforded him great acclaim at his young age. He became the youngest and first ever American to win the coveted Sgiath Uí Dhálaigh shield at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Listowel, Co. Kerry in 2002—adding his name to the shield’s long list of noted singers including Joe Heaney, Frank Harte and Paddy Berry. His dedication to traditional song and more specifically to the sean-nós style of singing encouraged him to learn the Irish language to an uncanny fluency and along the way introduced him to the close-knit singing community of the Conamara Gaeltacht where Irish is still the commonly spoken language. Brían has performed extensively in the United States at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, Chicago Celtic Festival, Sean-nós Milwaukee and the Traditional Singers Club of the Twin Cities and in Ireland at Lá na nAmhrán, Cruinniu na mBád, the Ennis Trad Festival and Cuairt na mBàrd. He has also had the distinction of being a singer to the President of Ireland, Dr. Mary McAleese. His recordings have been featured on many radio programs’ in Ireland including Céilí House on RTÉ and Lán a’ Mhála on RnG as well as on various NPR programs’ in the States. In 2003 Brían established Sean-nós Milwaukee , the first festival in North America to focus on the sean-nós singing tradition. Its success has merited the production of a compilation album entitled Sean-nós Cois Locha consisting of festival recordings from 2003-2005. Produced with the help of Cló Iar-Chonnachta publishing company, this album showcases some of America’s finest proponents of the tradition, both native Irish as well as American-born.

1:10pm PDT

Rebecca Lomnicky & David Brewer
Rocking traditional Scottish

Sunday May 27, 2012 1:10pm - 1:40pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, The Rose, the Shamrock and the Thistle: Music from the Old Sod
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Rebecca Lomnicky began learning violin at age 5, and there-after discovered her calling, Scottish fiddling. Within a few years she won the US Jr. National Scottish Fiddle Championship, and then in 2009 was invited to compete in the most prestigious Scottish fiddling event in the world, the Glenfiddich International Fiddle Competition held at Blaire Castle in Scotland which she won on her first attempt—the first non-Scot to win the title. She is accompanied by bagpiper & multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular west coast Celtic music band “Molly’s Revenge”, whom over the last decade has performed across the US and as far away as China, Australia, & Scotland.

2:00pm PDT

Charles Delahunt
Irish Fiddle Tunes on Guitar

Sunday May 27, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Folklife Cafe 47.62383, -122.35084
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography Used to play fiddle, switched to guitar in order to combine melody and chords on one instrument. Electrical engineer in neuroscience. Main musical venue is the living room, playing for our spaniel Piper who lays on the sofa.

2:00pm PDT

The Magic of the Autoharp
With Cathy Britell

Sunday May 27, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
EMP Learning Labs 47.62126, -122.34799
  Music-Dance Workshop Application, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography I have performed and taught autoharp throughout the US and Great Britain for many years. At present I play solo concerts, do studio work, play in a folk duo, a folk/rock trio, and a contra dance band. I won the International Autoharp competition in KS and have also wond a number of other contests around the country. One of my greatest joys is teaching players of all ages, who want to play all kinds of music.

2:25pm PDT

Aurora Burd
Irish fiddle Airs & Tunes

Sunday May 27, 2012 2:25pm - 2:50pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography Aurora discovered her love of traditional Irish music upon moving to Seattle from California. She enjoys listening to (and playing along with) recordings of Clare-based fiddlers such as Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, James Kelly, and Martin Hayes. Several years ago she was drawn to the slow airs, since these beautiful melodies are older than most reels and jigs. From 2008 - 2010 she competed at the All-Ireland Fleadh (the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann) in Tullamore, Ireland, where in 2009 she placed second in the Fiddle Slow Air competition.

3:00pm PDT

Colleen Raney Band
Trad/Contemporary Celtic Music

Sunday May 27, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Colleen Raney is among the best young Celtic singers of her generation, inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes that she grew up with as a member of the multi-talented Raney family and alongside the world renowned harp and dulcimer duo Magical Strings. Through her gorgeous voice, at turns whisper soft or intensely powerful, her deft arrangements, and her sidemen – some of the best acoustic musicians in the Northwest – Colleen breathes new life into the old songs, bringing out new facets to the music that haven’t been heard before.

4:20pm PDT

Trio Fleur de Lys
Lyrical harp, cello and flute

Sunday May 27, 2012 4:20pm - 4:50pm PDT
Alki Court Stage 47.62286, -122.35328
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography We came together as a group 7 years ago at the request of a hospice patient. She asked us to play chamber music at her home once a week as she said farewell to firiends and family. She named our group and each performance is in her honor. Our flute player writes original adaptations of Irish folk songs as well as original compositions that feature our instruments in unique ways. We love playing together. This would be our 4th year at Folklife and we consider it an honor and a highlight of the year to come from Ellensburg with friends and family in tow to play for you.

4:50pm PDT

Kierah Raymond
Cape Breton/Scottish Fiddling

Sunday May 27, 2012 4:50pm - 5:20pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Kierah has been a performer since she was 5 years old. She just completed her classical violin teachers certification. Kierah has recorded two Celtic music CD's - both dominated for Canadian Folk Music awards. She has also written and published a book of all original fiddle music.
 
Monday, May 28
 

11:40am PDT

Dinas o Frain 'The City of Crows'
A Nawr Gyda Thelyn Hefyd

Monday May 28, 2012 11:40am - 12:10pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography Kevin Gow & Laura Lovell, core members of Dinas o Frain, have played traditional Welsh dance music at FolkLife for the past five years on flute, fiddle & bouzouki. This year's guest artist is Motter Snell, harpist. Although Wales is more known for choral singing, there also is a great tradition of dance music.

11:40am PDT

Stewart Hendrickson
Irish Slow Airs & Songs

Monday May 28, 2012 11:40am - 12:10pm PDT
Folklife Cafe 47.62383, -122.35084
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Stewart plays fiddle and guitar, and sings traditional songs from the British Isles and America. He plays in Irish sessions and performs at open mics and other venues, including Northwest Folklife Festival. He studied voice at Pomona College and the University of Illinois while majoring in Chemistry. He taught Chemistry at St. Olaf College (Minnesota) for 28 years and was research professor at the University of Washington before retiring to become a full-time folk musician. He studied classical violin, but gave it up in high school for guitar and singing. He was active in the Northfield (Minnesota) Arts Guild, singing lead roles in summer musicals and opera workshops. After moving to Washington he picked up the violin again to become a fiddler. With Victory Music he helped set up open mics and an acoustic music venue in north Seattle. He has produced two CDs: “Paddy Graber – The Craic Was Great” (2004), songs by an Irish traditional singer and story teller from Vancouver, B. C.; “Songs of the Pacific Northwest” (2005), original and traditional songs of the Pacific Northwest sung by various regional musicians; and his own CD, "Erin's Green Shore."

12:20pm PDT

Dale Russ and Friends
Outstanding Teens Play Fiddle

Monday May 28, 2012 12:20pm - 12:50pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography These are 4 students of Dale's who have been studying fiddle for several years. This is a perfect opportunity for these four to meet and play together, and to perform in a venue where they can be heard by their friends and relatives as well as the general public. Dale will host.

5:00pm PDT

Magical Strings
Celtic Harp & Hammered Dulcimer

Monday May 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Northwest Court Stage 47.62285, -122.35476
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
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  • Biography Philip and Pam of Magical Stgins have been performing, touring, teaching and building harps since 1978. Their musical family of 7 expands during the Yuletide season to a full gala of musicians and dancers. They have recorded 18 albums, appeared on A Prairie Home Companion; toured with Dan Fogelberg; toured Japan and Ireland. Website: www.magicalstrings.com