2019 PERFORMERS!

THIRD LOWCOUNTRY IRISH FEST

Featured Musical Acts:

 

Charleston Pipe Band

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones

The Hungry Monks

SYR (sire) Celtic Folk Rock Band

Carroll Brown Band

Savannah Ceili Band

Edd Carney

Catherine Kinder & the Charleston Trad

Legacy Irish Dance Troupe

The Charleston Pipe Band

The Charleston Pipe Band has a rich and proud history. It was founded in 1995 as the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums by Police Chief Reuben Greenberg. Though the Charleston Pipe Band now operates as a fully independent 501(c)(3) organization it has not broken with its roots and maintains the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums Honor Band to serve the needs of the public safety community, locally and statewide. As such, the honor band is the oldest continuously operating police pipe band in the Southeast.

The Charleston Pipe Band has traveled throughout much of the Eastern United States Seaboard and Canada performing at parades, festivals, public events, funerals, and Scottish Highland Games.

This volunteer organization has a tradition of service to both the Charleston Police Department and the Lowcountry community. Its membership is composed of primarily of civilian volunteers along with active duty police, fire and safety officers. This award-winning organization is well-known locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for its musicianship and professionalism.

As a self-funded and self-sustaining organization, all proceeds received by the band via sponsorship, parades, and other performances are allocated toward operating costs such as equipment, uniforms, and competition expenses. The band plays various events predominantly throughout the Southeast. Performances vary from individual pipers, quartets, or full parades.

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones

www.theyoungwolfetones.com

 

A special group of Irish men and women have been responsible for preservation of the tradition of Irish ballad singing over the past 50 years. Derek Warfield is a distinguished name among them. Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones are bringing that musical tradition forward with a reverence for Ireland’s past and the energy and optimism of a new generation of Irish musicians.

 

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones are thrilled to be celebrating 10 years On the One Road and are delighted to be celebrating it in style with the release of a new CD “Boys & Girls” planned for April release, and performances all over America including some great Irish American Festivals & Venues.

 

The Hungry Monks

The Hungry Monks are centered around the creative talents of Hazel Ketchum on guitar, percussion and vocals, and John Holenko on mandolin, guitar and vocals. The Hungry Monks have performed in clubs, at contra dances, festivals, and concert series. Ketchum and Holenko have been playing music together for more than 25 years and have been featured on TV and radio throughout the US. Featuring guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, whistle, bohdran, and vocals, the Hungry Monks perform Traditional, Contemporary, and Original acoustic songs and instrumentals drawing on a wide range of influences including Medieval & Renaissance, Celtic, Folk, Blues, Classical and Jazz. Combining strong original songs and instrumental compositions with an ear toward improvisation, The Hungry Monks weave a rich tapestry of sound, melodic and rhythmic, grounded in the folk traditions of many cultures. Combined with the traditions and technique of Western Classical Music, this eclectic mix produces an interesting ensemble sound featuring acoustic sounds and beautiful vocals.

SYR   www.syrmusic.com

SYR (SIRE) is a Celtic Folk Rock band from Columbia, SC. Taking inspiration from Celtic history, stories and myth, SYR blends their various unique backgrounds to create powerful songs with themes like battle, love, loss, heritage and victory.

From humble beginnings at pubs and local venues, SYR has become a welcome addition to larger Celtic festivals and events, building a reputation for a high-energy performance. Their music is played regularly on Celtic radio programs across the US and internationally via Celtic Music Radio.

 

The band consists of siblings Kyle (lead vocals, guitar) and Laurel MacCallum (vocals, percussion), Emily Bracey-Neff (violin), Kelly Huff (bass), Luis Valverde (drums) and Ben Campbell (guitar)..

Carroll Brown Band

Carroll Brown is a gifted acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter from South Carolina with more than forty years in the music business.  He performs at venues and festivals across the southeastern US and hosts annual tours overseas to Ireland and Scotland.

 

The Carroll Brown Celtic Band also features Bob Sachs (Virginia) on mandolin and vocals, Marci Shore (North Carolina) on fiddle, John Kennedy (from Albany, GA, but has been in Charleston most of his life) on bass.

 

Together, they perform original and traditional Celtic based folk and Appalachian songs and instrumental tunes.

Savannah Ceili Band

Colleen Settle- Fiddle, Vocals / Michael Corbett- Guitar, Banjo, English Concertina, Vocals / Jerry Stenger- Bouzouki, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals Jim Quigley- Bodhrán, Mandolin, Vocals / Dan O'Connell- Accordion, Flute, Whistles, Vocals

The Savannah Ceili Band are Savannah's most experienced and longest tenured Irish bands.  SCB is a five-piece traditional band formed in 2007.  

Colleen hails from the New York area and has been in Savannah since 2006. A superb Irish fiddler and professional Irish musician since 1978, Colleen brings years of professional experience and an extensive catalog of tunes to the band.

Michael is a native New Englander who moved to Savannah in 2005. Michael played professionally in the Boston and eastern New England area starting in 1995. Michael sings and plays guitar, though he also plays banjo and English concertina at some SCB performances. 

Jim Quigley, all the way from Brunswick, is the enigmatic bodhrán (drum) and mandolin player.  He has decades of professional music experience.  Jerry Stenger lends his vocal harmonies to SCB while rounding out the sound with Irish bouzouki and mandolin.  Dan O'Connell plays flute and tin whistle, as well as accordion.  When not playing with SCB, Dan can often be found pouring the perfect pint at O'Connell's Irish Pub on Drayton St.

Edd Carney

Edd Carney is a singer of traditional ballads and contemporary classics who specializes in high spirited and rousing pub favorites. Songs about love, songs about war, songs about drinking, songs about life. A long-time veteran of the New York and New England music scenes who recently relocated to the Lowcountry, he has performed on stages everywhere from New York City and Boston to London, England; Cape Town, South Africa; and the Silicon Valley, CA.  Whether at an Irish Pub or on a festival stage, his shows are all about getting audiences clapping, singing along, and having fun.

Catherine Kinder & Trad Friends

The Legacy Dancers

Legacy dancers perform throughout the year at professional shows, festivals, corporate events and on numerous television programs.

 Our dancers have had the honor to perform with the world's most reputable and talented Irish dancers. Principal dancers from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Magic of the Dance and Celtic Crossroads have worked with and shared the stage with our dancers.
 
Legacy Irish Dance Academy is the premier dance academy of the Southern Region, USA.  Legacy is owned and directed by Abbey Pride Wood, TCRG, Brent Wood, TCRG and Patty Darrah, TCRG/ADCRG.  Legacy is the elite training ground of numerous World, National and Regional Championship competitors. Our instructors have helped train Regional and National Champions, along with World Championship medal holders. They have had the opportunity to teach alongside dancers from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and other great talents!   Over the years our instructors or their dancers have performed with Gaelic Storm, Americas Got Talent, Raglan Road, The NFL, Santana, The CFL, and numerous tv shows to name a few!  With a combined experience of 70 + years of teaching and performing it is no wonder that Legacy is home to serious com Legacy dancers perform throughout the year at professional shows, festivals, corporate events and on numerous television programs.