SECOND ANNUAL LOWCOUNTRY IRISH FEST
Featured Musical Acts:
Seamus Kennedy (Saturday only)
Gabriel Donoghue (Sunday only)
Colin Farrell & Cillian Vallely from super-group Lunasa (Sunday only)
Savannah Ceili Band
Legacy Irish Dance Troupe
Carroll Brown Band
Christian Carroll and the Bograts
The Charleston Pipe Band
Catherine Kinder & Trad Friends
AND HERE ARE THEIR BIOS
Best Irish/Celtic Male Vocalist 1993-2006 - Washington Area Music Association - WAMA
Seamus has a huge repertoire that includes traditional Irish music, classic Country & Western, American standards, Scottish ballads, and kids' shows: entertainment for "the wee ones."
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for almost four decades.
An accomplished guitarist with a ready wit and a vast store of songs, he travels the country performing for thousands of people each year.
Kennedy’s ability to combine a total command of the music with humor makes him unique in the industry. His strong interactive entertainment skills and his participation with his audiences have helped him create an exceptionally loyal fan base everywhere he goes.
He's incredibly talented and fun!
Irish born Multi Instrumentalist, Singer Songwriter is based in Philadelphia. He performs mostly on guitar and piano but also plays many more instruments from bouzouki/mandolin to Irish and exotic percussion.
Gabriel performs throughout the USA, solo and along with a cadre of top flight musicians. He toured for three years with the Grammy Award winning Chieftains. He has recorded with the Boston Pops, Eileen Ivers, Joanie Madden, James Keane, Sean Quinn, Brian Conway, John Whelan, Karen Mal, Aoife Clancy, Liam Clancy, to name a few. He has performed five times at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
Gabriel also produces and engineers albums for a broad array of artists at Cove Island Productions in center city Philadelphia. A state of the art facility using top quality microphones and gear.
The lists of artists he has collaborated with, is a who's who of the top musicians in the acoustic and Celtic music field. He performed with Michael Flatley at the National Heritage Awards in Washington DC. And played with Eileen Ivers at the Clinton White House entertaining Irish and American dignitaries and signers of the Good Friday peace accords. Gabriel was also called on to back up songwriter Tom Waits during David Letterman’s last week on network television.
COLIN FARRELL & CILLIAN VALLELY
(from super-group Lunasa)
Born in Manchester, England, into a very musical family to parents from Co.Galway and Co.Cavan, Colin started playing the fiddle and tinwhistle from an early age and won numerous titles at the Fleadh Cheoil. He began playing with St. Malachy’s Ceili Band when he was 12 years old, and was a founding member of the band Ceile, with whom he recorded the album Mancunian Way. Since then, he has made a name for himself performing and recording with an array of great musicians in Europe and the US, including such groups as Flook, Grada, Karen Casey, John Doyle, Tim O’Brien, The Elders, Julie Fowlis, The Michael McGoldrick Band and is currently playing with the band Lúnasa. Colin has also played and recorded with numerous dance shows such as Spirit of Ireland, Dance of Desire and Magical Rhythms of Ireland. Colin is also a composer whose tunes have been played and recorded by numerous bands and musicians. In 2005, Colin was awarded a Masters Degree in Music from Limerick University. Living in Florida since 2005, when not touring Colin has been teaching at schools and various camps around the US and Europe. Colin’s 2010 solo debut album ‘On The Move’ was named one of the years 10 best albums by The Irish Echo and his second album ‘Make A Note’ released in 2015 was awarded Instrumental Album of the year by liveIreland.
Cillian Vallely is the uilleann pipes and low whistle player with the renowned Irish band Lunasa, described as “The hottest Celtic band on the planet” (Irish Voice). In recent years, he has played and recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Tim O’Brien, and Riverdance in addition to recording as a guest on over 50 albums. With Lunasa, he has performed at The Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury Festival, Womad Aledaide, Edmonton Folk Festival in addition to multiple tours of Asia, Australia, US and Europe.
“Vallely, whose family has played a seminal role in piping and Irish music in the north of Ireland for years, shows why he is one of the most respected pipers playing today” -Irish Voice
“[Vallely’s] piping is assured, crisp, and altogether impressive.” – Irish Echo
“…Vallely is one of the most respected pipers playing today and in great demand…”– Irish Voice
“[Vallely is] one the great names in a new generation on the uilleann pipes.” – www.allmusic.com
“The hottest acoustic band in the world.” – New York Times
“Lúnasa’s musicianship is awesome…I’d sell my soul to be able to play like that” – Mojo (UK)
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.
Accompanying himself on the guitar and occasionally on the Celtic drum called the bodhran, Frank, though hardly a strict traditionalist, embodies many of the traditions of the ancient bards, but with a more contemporary twist. A singer/songwriter, his performances are presented with aplomb, grace and good humor. Interspersed with varied insights into the background of the songs are stories, jokes and toasts, so that his appearances are informative as well as entertaining.
Although a good amount of his material is in the Irish music mould, he also embraces Scottish, Canadian, American, Australian and even British folk music and some standards as well. He runs the gamut from humorous to soulful. In addition is the author/composer of a number of popular pub songs as well as patriotic pieces in honor of Ireland and the United States, which he performs regularly.
Performing professionally since 1972, Frank has had nine record albums produced, which reviewers have characterized variously as "eclectic", "highly entertaining", and "This CD seldom leaves my player". In addition, he has performed on the recordings of numerous friends and associates in the business.
Dublin is a long time past, and he has resided in the States for a considerable length of time. Since 1986, Frank has made his home - when he is not on the road - over the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwestern Virginia.
Frank also spends some time as a freelance writer and copywriter. His services are marketed under the company name "There's a Story Told". He is the author of a number of published non-fiction short stories as well as the author/narrator of the acclaimed audio guide "A Walking Tour of Historic Wytheville, Virginia.
In 2007, together with Dennis O'Rourke, Harry O'Donoghue, Seamus Kennedy. and Robbie O'Connell, Frank is authored a collaborative anthology of reminiscences and stories of the past 30-odd years on the Irish music scene. Titled "Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and other Tales From the Irish Music Trenches",
His open personality and ready smile translate easily on and off the boards. It is obvious to any audience that he treasures being able to do what he does for a living. He respects his stock in trade and he respects his audience.
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.
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.
Bob Sachs (Virginia) on mandolin and vocals,
Marci Shore (North Carolina) on fiddle,
Together, they perform original and traditional Celtic based folk and Appalachian songs and instrumental tunes.
Christian Carroll is one of the most exciting new talents in the Irish music circles in all of the American South. He is also one of the least known outside of Charleston at the moment. Literally raised on stage at Tommy Condons Irish Pub in Charleston, SC, Christian grew up and learned to play and perform under the tutelage of his Dublin born father, local Irish performing legend, Steve Carroll. Stephen, and his Tommy Condons house band, the Bograts, held court since 1986 most every weekend at this lively and world renowned Irish pub. The tourists and college and local patrons have raved along and clapped to the lively tunes across the years. Many out-of-towners return year after year to hear the tunes on Church Street. Today, Christian leads the band and carries on the banner of Irish pub tunes in downtown Charleston.
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.
CATHERINE KINDER & TRAD FRIENDS