The Festival has ended for 2018. Thank you to all our visitors for a wonderful season and we look forward to seeing you August 24, 2019.
Musicians & Dancers
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The HooligansThe band your mama warned you about is back FOR THE FULL RUN this season! Find them at the pubs, spreading joy, music, and nothing a good vaccine couldn't cure. The Hooligans specialize in Celtic music both rousing and beautiful. http://hooligansmusic.bandcamp.com/
The O'Danny House PartyThe O'Danny House Party: Join this musical comedy gumbo of the O'Danny Girls, Drum Runners, and Pyrates Royale. Guaranteed to have you laughing and cringing . . . but in a good way! PG for mature themes.
Ellie Cattle, James Gummer, Liz Demery & Steve Wannall. Photos courtesy of Kevin Hedgecock, Heather Stackhouse and Keith Hefner
The JackdawsThe Jackdaws deliver original, contemporary, and traditional Irish Rock to audiences across the land. This trailblazing trio will excite and have you coming back for more with their driving melodies and relentlessly aggressive lyrics. More Irish than a drunken roar, and a damned sight messier, meet The Jackdaws. Performing 9/8 - 9/16.
Seamus Kennedy Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Seamus has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for four decades. He has won the WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Awards) for best Irish/Celtic vocalist many times, and his performances are noted for his lively sense of humor and banter with the audience.
Photo by Richard Dorbin.
Kristin RebeccaKristin's beautiful harp playing is matched by her angelic voice. You can hear her on the pathways of Revel Grove performing music that ranges from dance worthy jigs and reels to haunting ballads
Larksong, a capella ensembleDrew Carlson, tenor; Martha Connolly, alto; Andrea DeSanti, soprano; David Pumplin, baritone/bass; James Raistrick, tenor; Janet Simons, soprano; Kevin Powers, bass.
Larksong is a close troupe of harmonious voices who love the sound and the performance of beautiful a capella music. www.larksongsings.com
Performing 8/25,26; 9/3. 22, 23; 10/20, 21.
MacPherson's PocketwatchNew to the Festival! MacPherson’s Pocketwatch is a fiddle-folk power duo that blends Celtic trad music with acoustic American songwriter style. Fiddler Brandon Kennedy and guitarist Sean Piland engage to create an energetic and synergistic musical experience that evokes elements of rich peeted whisky and Irish green countrysides. Performing 8/25,26; 10/13,14
The Mediaeval BaebesThe Mediaeval Baebes, currently heard on the Emmy-nominated title track to the hit tv series Victoria, will be returning to Revel Grove the weekend of September 22,23. Don't miss their captivating performances at the Blackfriars Theatre. www.mediaevalbaebes.com
The Mighty KelltonesThe Mighty Kelltones are a Central Maryland band that fuses Celtic and Appalachian influences with inspiration from world beat and other genres. Performing 9/22,23.
NatterjacksCraig Williams, Darcy Nair, Lisa Oberg, Sarah Stepanik.
Two retired Pyrates, a fiddler, and a nice Irish girl walked into a bar... No joke, this group of folk music virtuosos from acclaimed bands The Pyrates Royale, The O’Danny Girls, and The ShamRogues strives to sound more pleasing to the ear than its namesake the rather loud and obnoxious Natterjack toad. Guitar, violin, hammered dulcimer, concertina, flute, percussion, and a chorus of lush vocal harmonies make up the band's rich and innovative sound. You’ll love Natterjacks, warts and all!
Performing: 8/25,26; 9/8,9; 10/6,7,20,21.
North Sea GasThey are back!
NORTH SEA GAS: Dave Gilfillan (left), Grant Simpson (center) and Ronnie (Mac) MacDonald (right)
Over thirty-seven years and stronger than ever! "North Sea Gas" is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and around the world! Performing on 9/15,16,
Painted TrilliumKristin Rebecca - voice, harp, guitar; Susan Meyer - hammered dulcimer, Irish whistle; Rob Meyer - octave mandolin, guitar, bodhran. Performing 9/8- 10/21.
Painted Trillium performs traditional Celtic songs and tunes plus a few surprises. Find them on the pathways of Revel Grove. www.paintedtrillium.com.
Pipe OrganistGary Schwartz
Renaissance organ music played at 10am & 6:15pm daily at the Lyric Stage. www.musicbythemaster.com
PiperjonesPiperjones (EJ Jones), is an award-winning piper and teacher at piping workshops across the USA. Piperjones plays the best tunes of the past 700 years on both Highland and Renaissance bagpipes, with friends on percussion and bouzouki, creating a beautifully tuneful, danceable show. www.piperjones.com
Poehemia New this season!
Poehemia has been shaped by the hard rocking traditions of Baltimore and the thriving music scene in Glasgow. Since 2012 Poehemia has performed hundreds of high-energy electric and acoustic shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. At the Festival Poehemia will perform their traditional Celtic repertoire. See them on September 15,16 & October 6,7.
Pub Sing AlongJoin some of your favorite pub bands and villagers as they lead the audience in a rousing sing-along of traditional English, Irish and Scottish drinking songs and sentimental ballads at the White Hart Tavern.
Photo of Mayor Mondes by Keith Heffner