THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON! The Festival is closed for 2017. We will be posting updates about the 2018 season in the near future.
Musicians & Dancers
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Gregory of CarroltonGreg Freyman
Enjoy the melodious sounds and amazing talents of classical guitarist Gregory of Carrolton. He can be found throughout the village on 8/26 - 10/1.
James of Perry Hall, drummer & percussionistJames Gummer
James has been part of the “soundtrack” of the festival since 1997. Visit him online at www.jamesgummer.com
The Harper and The MinstrelNew this season! Jay Michaels and Abby Michaels are talented and versatile multi-instrumentalists who play early and traditional music ranging from 13th century Spanish Cantgas de Santa Maria to Ireland's Turlough O'Carolan. They have performed at festivals and concert venues across the country, and are known for their unique arrangements of beautiful aires and ballads.
Performing 8/26 - 10/1.
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 Girls HOUSE PARTY!Liz Demery Bragg, Ellie Cattle, James Gummer, Sarah Marsden, Edie McKay, Steve Wannall.
It's a house party...if you live in a bar. Join The O'Danny Girls, the Drum Runners, and a rogue Pyrate as they join forces for a show filled with music and laughter. Guaranteed to get you on your feet and movin'! (But Daisy will block the exit.) At the Boars Head Tavern.
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 9/16 - 9/17.
Seamus KennedyNew to the Festival! 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 8/26,27; 9/23,24; 10/14,15.
Darcy Nair, hammered dulcimer musicDarcy specializes in traditonal Celtic music played on the magical sounding hammered dulcimer. www.darcynair.com
Performing 9/9,10,23,24; 10/7,8,21,22.
NatterjacksCraig Williams, Darcy Nair, Claudia Harrison, Lisa Oberg.
What do you call a band that has two retired Pyrates, a former gypsy, and a nice Irish girl from a nice Irish family? Why not name it after a toad with a distinctively loud and obnoxious call? This new group of folk music virtuosos from acclaimed bands The Pyrates Royale, Gypsophilia, and The O’Danny Girls strives to sound more pleasing to the ear than its namesake. Natterjacks are among the more well-traveled of the amphibians, and our repertoire reflects this with wide-ranging music from English, Celtic, maritime, and middle eastern traditions. Guitar, violin, hammered dulcimer, concertina, flute, percussion, and a chorus of lush vocal harmonies make for a rich and innovative sound. You’ll love Natterjacks, warts and all!
Performing: 8/26,27; 9/9,10; 9/23,24; 10/7, 8, 14,15, 21,22.
Painted TrilliumKristin Rebecca - voice, harp, guitar; Susan Meyer - hammered dulcimer, Irish whistle; Rob Meyer - octave mandolin, guitar, bodhran. Performing 9/9 - 10/22.
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
Pub Sing-along!Join host Caoimhe McDonah (Melissa McGinley) , the villagers of Revel Grove, and the Royal Court 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.
The Pyrates ReunionErik Booker, Jenn Bell Garman, Damon Hersh, Brad Howard, Matt Salisbury, Tim Shaw.
New group, old sailors! The Pyrates Reunion brings back some of your favorite piratical musicians in a show featuring high energy, crowd rousing tunes with a few ballads thrown in for good measure. Special guests for Pirate Weekend only, September 30 & October 1st.