- 40 Thieves
- 40 Thieves have established themselves as one of the best loved Irish bands in the Metro DC area. From the cozy confines of the DC area’s best Irish pubs to the wide-open stages of the festival circuit, this rocking ensemble has wowed the crowds by wedding old fashioned and newfangled Irish music with straight ahead rock and roll. Vocalist Melanie Caudron's rich, mellow croon meshes beautifully with guitarist Dave Dresser's gritty rock yawp. Fiddler Randy Latimer's classically honed, Cape Breton-influenced chops filigree the bar-band stomp and Guinness inspired grooves provided by drummer Jim Sullivan and bassist Charlie McNamara. Multi-faceted? No doubt.
- 4Ever Erin
- 4Ever Erin is a play on words of the Gaelic expression "Erin Go Braugh" which translates as "Ireland Forever"! (often heard in Irish bars and around St. Patrick's Day).. 4Ever Erin is a main course of folk thru folk rock music, Celtic and traditional Irish songs with large helpings of bluegrass, rock & oldies, country and a spice of variety available if you like.. can be served either acoustic and/or electric.. available as trio or full band.. tasty covers and originals..
- Al Petteway & Amy White
- Guitarist Al Petteway and pianist/percussionist Amy White,
married in 1996, have produced a number of magical albums
featurign a unique celtic-tinged style of accoustic folk.
Their "home" of Fairewood Studios maintains their full
calendar and contact information, and offers their CD's
(and soon their other artworks) for sale.
- Brendan Mulvihill
- Brendan Mulvihill, born in England but raised in Ireland,has spent over 20 years in the Washington D.C. - Baltimore, MD vicinity
teaching and performing as well as travelling throughout the world.
Currently, Brendan performs weekly at Nanny O'Brien's Pub as well as playing ceili's and other events with noted guitarist Zan McLeod
and accordionist Billy McComiskey. Sometimes you'll see Brendan at a local Irish Music session, especially if there's a festival going on.
- Cynthia Cathcart
- Professional harper, two-time and current U.S. National Scottish Harp Master Champion, 2002 Oberlin Ohio Master Harp Champion, 1998 North American Senior Amateur Scottish Harp Champion, three time winner of the Clan Lamont Trophy and holder of the Jan Pennington-Grey Award, Cynthia Cathcart is a leading authority on the ancient Wire Strung Harp, or Clarsach, of Ireland and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
- Darcy Nair
- A lively and engaging singer and multi-instrumentalist, Darcy Nair has performed professionally as a soloist and with folk music groups in the Washington, D.C. area since 1990. She has produced and released 8 independent recordings, including 2 solo titles, and has earned 6 "Wammie" Award nominations from the Washington Area Music Association.
- Dave Wiesler
- Dave Wiesler is one of the mid-Atlantic's
most versatile and sought-after pianists of
traditional music. Since 1994 he has played
extensively in the DC area for an ever
increasing number of dances, concerts, and
recordings - ranging from contra dances,
English and Scottish country dancing, waltz,
swing dance, and vintage dance to extensive
studio work to museum performances on
- Edsall Road
- What happens when three musicians with backgrounds in American Fife and Drum Corps gather to share a common interest in Celtic Music? The result is a blend of traditional and modern Irish, Scottish and American Folk which keeps audiences all over the National Capital region banging their tables and shouting for more. Known for their rich talent, entrancing rhythms and comic shenanigans, Edsall Road pushes the limits of Celtic music while never leaving their traditional roots.
- Elke Baker
- Elke Baker won the 1995 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle
Championship. Elke plays for Scottish, English, and
Contra dances, teaches Scottish Country
Dancing and playing music for Scottish Country
Dance sets, and directs the Potomic Valley
Scottish Fiddle Club. She is a member of a number of groups of differing styles in the area, including Terpsichore.
- Emily Reid
- Emily Reid performs original arrangements of traditional music on both the Celtic folk harp and the double-strung Celtic harp.
- Findhorne, led by pianist and accordianist Liz
Donaldson, specializes in Scottish Country,
English Country, and the occasional Contra set.
The members, which include fiddler Steve
Hickman and multi-instrumentalist Marty
Taylor, also perform in other dance groups in the
area as well.
- Fynesound - Scottish Traditonal Music and Dance foursome from the D.C. area -
take listeners back a couple of hundred years with tunes played in the hey day of Scottish fiddling.
Melancholy slow airs are artfully arranged to break your heart.
Jigs and reels are plucked and bowed with string snapping, foot stomping energy. Highland Dance adds depth to the rhythmic Marches,Jigs, Reels and Strathspeys.
- Grace Griffith
- Grace Griffith has been named "Best Female
Vocalist" (in both the Celtic and Traditional Folk
categories) by the Washington Area Music Association
on several occasions.
- IONA's music is a unique, acoustic weave of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (France), the Isle of Man and Galicia (Spain). Blending songs, dance tunes, and aires into a rich and stunning tapestry, their style is outstanding in an arena where these traditions are seldom intertwined.
The members have been strong contributors to the local Celtic scene, and continue to produce a series of concerts at the Old Brogue in Virginia.
- Irish Breakfast Band
- The Irish Breakfast Band is a diverse group of DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland residents
who meet every Saturday morning for a potluck breakfast. After breakfast is a rehearsal of its repetoire of
Celtic tunes. These Saturday meetings are usually held at a different house each week, with attendance
often exceeding a dozen musicians, though rarely the exact same set two weeks in a row.
- Jo Morrison
- Drawing on her Scottish heritage and on her experiences from several trips to the British Isles, Jo
Morrison paints a vivid image of Celticdom through her performances. Using exciting, upbeat
dance tunes and evocative, emotional airs, Jo touches the souls of her audiences. Described by
music critic Pamela Murray Winters as having "the freshness and grace that first gave Celtic music
its power," Jo has the energy and enthusiasm to invigorate any audience.
Jo is available for any type of event, including weddings, funerals, corporate parties, anniversaries, private functions, and coups
d'etat. She gives scholarly lectures on the history, folklore, and music of the Celtic harp. She also gives Celtic harp lessons both
privately and at workshops.
- Jody Marshall
- Jody Marshall, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, grew up in a musical family. Enchanted by the sound and visual appeal of the hammered dulcimer, she developed a passion for the instrument. She has been performing and teaching dulcimer since 1988 and was a founding member of the popular folk trio, Ironweed. Jody also has performed with the award-winning Celtic bands, MoonFire and Connemara. Her debut solo album, "Cottage in the Glen," was released by the Maggie's Music label in Spring 2005.
- Liz Donaldson
- Liz Donaldson (Bethesda, MD) is a full-time musician and dance caller, and has been playing piano for dancing for many years. She is known for her innovative back-up style incorporating exciting rhythms, textures, and harmony lines in her music. In addition to playing for Scottish, English and American contra and square dances, Liz teaches all these styles, and dances, too!
- The artists of Maggie's Music, including Maggie Sansone,
Bonnie Rideout, Ceoltoiri, Ensemble Galilei, Jody Marshall, Al Petteway, and Sue Richards have become
nationally and internationally reknown and respected.
Many are teachers as well as performers.
- Cathy Palmer on fiddle, Jody Marshall on hammer dulcimer and keyboards,
and Elise Kress on flute. These three first got together for
Cathy's "solo" album Fiddler Play The Light, and decided
to keep playing together. They also often play with Ellen James, Celtic harpist and vocalist.
They've been promoting a new CD release, Present, Past,
and Future, a winner of the WAMMIE award
for Best Celtic Album of the Year.
- Na Maragan
- Na Maragan is the Alexandria, Va.-based musical duo of Ed Bradshaw and Liam Cassidy. We play our own originals as well as music drawn from the traditions of Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The distinctive sound of Na Maragan is based on the interplay between tin whistle, harmonica and acoustic guitar -- although we also play the melodeon, Highland bagpipes, shuttle pipes and Scottish small pipes and may break into song without warning. We perform songs in Scottish Gaelic, Irish and English and combinations of the above.
You will find samples of our music at our Web site.
- Port Righ
- The Celtic duo Port Righ is a unique instrumental pairing rarely seen in Celtic music, with Jo Morrison on harp and Wayne Morrison on the shuttle pipe. Specializing in traditional Scottish music, from lively marches to wistful and expressive airs, they broaden their repertoire with traditional Irish music, vocal pieces, and their own original works. Their musical partnership is marked by a warm, balanced sound and a faithfulness to Celtic tradition. In every performance audiences can clearly see their respect for each other and their passion for the music they create.
- Rhianon is a Contemporary Celtic Band with a Blues and Jazz edge. Rhianon mixes different style influences with traditional and original songs and tunes to create their unique Celtic sound.
Rhianon has gained quite a following and reputation for their musicianship, harmonies and songwriting expertise in the Washington DC area. Rhianon?s current CD, Lost in Avalon is a combination of original songs written by founder, Rene Carawan and arrangements of traditional songs. The most notable of which is, Deirdre?s Lament, a traditional poem written in the 12th century, which Rene adapted to original music. They are now in the process of recording their 3rd CD, entitled ?A Rake, A Wheel and a Raggedy Reel\", due out early spring 2003. Unlike previous CDs, A Rake will be entirely of Traditional songs and tunes. Shortly after the release of A Rake, Rhianon will go back into the studio and record the 4th CD, which will consist of songs written and co-written by Rene Carawan, Greg Lygon and Cathleen Gary.
- Scythian Music - Celtic with an Edge
- Scythian (sith-EE-yin) is a DC based Celtic band of four 20-somethings. Best known for their high energy shows, Scythian has been known to dabble in music ranging from traditional Celtic to Celtic Rock with strains of Gypsie and Klezmer in between. Show schedule, sound clips and photos can be found on their website (www.scythianmusic.com). Hope to see you at one of their shows!
- The Homespun Ceilidh Band
- The Homespun Ceilidh Band is a group of local musicians
led by fiddler John Ward.
They've been playing Celtic music (largely Scottish, but also Irish, Manx, Welsh, Cape Breton, etc.) together in the Washington,
D.C. area since 1993.
Skye Gathering is a quartet subset of
HCB, and John or the HCB will often support
Mac-talla, a local group of Scots-Gaelic
- The Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club
- The Fiddle Club sponsors events including occasional workshops with guest fiddlers, performances at festivals and dances,concerts and fiddling competitions. Guests have included Scottish fiddle masterAlasdair Fraser, Cape Breton fiddle legend Buddy MacMaster, Boston Scottish Fiddle Club director Ed Pearlman, guitarist Tony Cuffe (formerly of Ossian), Shetland fiddler Catriona Macdonald, accordionist Ian Lowthian. The Fiddle Club has performed at the Washington Folk Festival, the Potomac Celtic Festival, the Virginia Scottish Games, Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Fiddle Club now sponsors a regular Scottish Country Dance party series, several times a year. Fiddle Club members receive discounts to special events. Participation in Fiddle Club performances is open to all members. Rehearsals are scheduled outside of the monthly meetings, and music for the performances is drawn from current Fiddle Club music.
- The Pyrates Royale
- Begun as an improv comedy troupe early in 1987, the Pyrates are now one of the Maryland Rennaissance Festival's most prized acts. Armed with guitar, fiddle,bodhran, hammered dulcimer, and a hearty chorus of hale and harmonious voices,the group stays true to its original course: to make people laugh as well as sing along.
- Tinsmith is an acoustic trio playing traditional Irish & Scottish music in non-traditional ways. Newly joined by mandolin/guitar/dobro player Avril Smith (replacing retiring member John McLoughlin), Tinsmith delivers up lively and fun performances...don't miss it!