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Musical Performers at the
2017 Celtic Fling



Celtic performers fill the Shire with music from eight stages throughout the day! For information on the Friday Night Celtic Kick-Off Concert, click here.



Sunday Night Concert

June 25th • 6PM



House Of Hamill
House of Hamill

Sunday Night Concert Only - 6:00PM

Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.

Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.

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We Banjo 3
We Banjo 3

Sunday Night Concert Only - 7:30PM

For all the innovation and invention that goes into modern music these days, it’s the inspiration derived from one’s roots that proves the most enduring. So credit Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by plying their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.” Four albums in -- their latest, String Theory, was released in July of 2016 -- the band’s rousing revelry, sheer virtuosity, power, passion and purpose have made them one of the music world’s most celebrated ensembles. Variously described as “astonishing,” “the Gold Standard of Irish and American Roots music,” and “the Irish Punch Brothers,” they’ve can claim the # 1 position in Billboard’s World Music charts, top honours from IMOR (the Irish Music Rights Organization), solid sales numbers and the distinction of entertaining an American president, an Irish Prime Minister and members of the U.S. Congress at the annual “Friends of Ireland” luncheon on Capitol Hill. Little wonder then that We Banjo 3 is literally taking both sides of the Atlantic by storm, carving a reputation as one of the world’s most imaginative ensembles.

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Saturday & Sunday

Bands Throughout the Shire



Albannach
Albannach

Chess Stage:
Saturday: 12:45PM, 3:15PM & 5:45PM
Sunday: 12:30PM & 3:30PM

Albannach in Scots Gaelic means “Scotsman”.

And Scots they are, born and bred; Jamesie, Jacquie, Donnie, DidgeriDrew, and Colin write and perform tribal music with roots set firmly in their native soil’s haunting ballads and ancient war songs. A traditional pipe band they’re not… you’ll probably never see them march in a parade. But Albannach’s rhythms and melodies take you back to that bygone time when pipes and songs were banned because of the power they have to stir stout hearts and Celtic souls. Ye canna resist… Visit AlbannachMusic.com to learn more about the band, their music and their tour schedule!




Burning Bridget Cleary
Burning Bridget Cleary

Swashbuckler Stage:
Saturday: 11:15AM, 2:15PM & 5:15PM
*Also Performing During the Friday Night Conert.

Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits. Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. She's joined by fiddler and vocalist, Amy Beshara, from the NYC Scottish music scene. The driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion. Their latest CD, “These Are the Days,” was one of the most played albums on the 2016 Folk-DJ Charts. Says Jack Baker of The Irish American News, "This is trad music at its best; alive, vibrant and lyrical. Don't miss seeing this band."

Visit BurningBridgetCleary.com to learn more about the band, their music and their tour schedule!





Dublin5
Dublin 5

Chess Stage:
Sunday Only: 2:00PM & 5:00PM

Formed in 2006, Dublin 5 have taken the Celtic music scene by storm thanks to an eclectic mix of traditional roots and blazing instrumentals with an amped-up rock twist. Their musicianship and show is nothing short of high octane. Their fan base is continually expanding and covers people of all ages from all walks of life. Fronted by Ray Murphy (lead guitar) from Dublin, Ireland and backed by Jennifer Belle (fiddle), Gary Hewitt (bass), Jim Martin, (percussion), and drummer Kevin Shook, Dublin 5 are sure to keep you on edge until the final song has been played!

For more information on Dublin 5 and their tour schedule, please visit DublineFive.com




Enter the Haggis

Globe Stage:
Saturday: 1:30PM & 4:30PM
Sunday: 12:00PM & 3:00PM

Since 1995, Enter The Haggis have led the charge among Celtic Folk Rock bands, delighting fans with their memorable performances, inspired songwriting, musical proficiency and high quality recordings. The Toronto-based band has released eight acclaimed studio albums, the most recent debuting at #9 on the U.S. national Billboard Heatseekers charts. Their original songs such as “One Last Drink”, “Down With The Ship” and “Gasoline” have become folk rock anthems, appearing in films such as “Goon”, “10mph” and “Addicted to Plastic”, and reaching as high as #25 on U.S. radio.

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Irish Blessing
Irish Blessing

Swashbuckler Stage:
Sunday Only: 12:30PM & 3:30PM

The Irish are known for offering toasts and blessings to those with whom they share a meal or a roof for a night. Their words are inspiring and poetic and often bring a smile from those listening—though, if you know anything of the history of Ireland, the lot of the Irish has never been an easy one. Yet their words continue to bless, their pipes continue to play, and their feet continue to dance.


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Jamison
Jamison

Harlequin Stage:
Saturday Only: 11:15AM, 2:15PM & 5:15PM

Jamison grew out of the Irish-American streets of Northeast Philadelphia in 2003. Since then, Jamison has grown to offer one of the most high energy shows on the east coast, with dynamic Irish reels mixed into rock, reggae, modern pop, hiphop and dance covers. Fans are sure to leave a show with a sweaty shirt and an excitement that few live shows can produce. Jamison appears regularly CBS Philly and Fox 29 Good Day promoting all things Irish in the region.

For more information on Jamison and their tour schedule, please visit JamisonCelticRock.com





Kilmaine Saints
Kilmaine Saints

Chess Stage:
Saturday Only: 11:30AM, 2:00PM & 4:30PM

Kilmaine Saints is a band formed on good whiskey and bad intentions. The brainchild of two members of a Harrisburg Pipe & Drum band, this side project was originally created with the sole intent of getting them free beer at St Patrick's Day shows in the Central PA area (and might I add - mission accomplished). After incorporating the help of fellow members from the pipe band and other notable musicians from the area, they soon realized they were in for one hell of a ride.


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Pigeon Kings
The Pigeon Kings

Harlequin Stage:
Sunday Only: 1:30PM & 4:30PM

With a lifetime of touring and performance experience between them, musicians Josef Crosby and Victor Gagnon have joined forces to create something new - a sound that's hard to define but comes from deep roots and deep soul.

The Pigeon Kings is a true labor of love and passion, and an "insurrection resurrection" for anyone struggling to find their own voice amidst the noise of the status quo.


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Rogue Diplomats
The Rogue Diplomats

Swashbuckler Stage:
Saturday: 12:45PM, 3:45PM & 6:45PM
Sunday: 2:00PM & 5:00PM

The Rogue Diplomats are an Irish-American Pub Band based in both New York City and Bethlehem, PA. They perform the spirited melodies and lyrical story-telling of traditional Irish jigs, shanties, drinking songs and ballads, with a dash of contemporary American folk songs and original compositions, all delivered in close harmony and with charmingly irreverent humor.


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Rukus
Rukus

O'Malley's Stage:
Saturday: 12:00PM, 3:00PM & 6:00PM
Sunday: 12:30PM & 3:30PM

The "Burley Minstrel" Jim Hancock (bass and vocals), 1/2 of "Empty Hats" Gary Mazzu (guitar and vocals) & Lynda Kavy (bodhran and vocals), and Vicki Scuteri (fiddle, vocals, and the one bringing down the median age of the group) make up this energetic quartet of crazy Celtic chicanery and creative cadences! They have gathered together at the Celtic Fling to create a "Rukus"!




Screaming Orphans
Screaming Orphans

Harlequin Stage:
Saturday: 12:45PM, 3:45PM & 6:45PM
Sunday: 12:00PM & 3:00PM

The Screaming Orphans are the four Diver sisters from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland. They have carved a great reputation of being a captivating and entertaining live band in Europe and America, combining their own original pop/rock music with the Céilí tradition style of music that was inherited from their family roots.

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Seasons
Seasons

O'Malley's Stage:
Saturday: 1:30PM, 4:30PM & 7:15PM
Sunday: 2:00PM & 5:00PM

"Seasons is a family band grounded in roots music and their new album highlights their impressively distinctive way with an original song." (Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine).

Five siblings with "hints of Celtic, Americana and a bit of Folk Rock" (Eclectic Celtic Radio, Limerick, Ireland) on harp, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, guitar, fiddle and more. Their music has been featured on national and international radio and television. Seasons' six albums have received international recognition incluing Irish Music Magazine, Root Magazine, and the band has opened for acts as varied as Scythian, The Young Dubliners, Fullset, and Julie Fowlis.

Seasons has also "made a serious dent in the traditional music scene on our [Irish] side of the water." (Irish Music Magaine). Mary-Kate wone first place for Celtic harp at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh, and has competed in the All-Ireland Harp Competition in both Derry and Sligo, Ireland.

To learn more about the band, visit SeasonsMusic.com.




Tartan Terrors
Tartan Terrors

Globe Stage:
Sunday Only: 1:30PM & 4:30PM

Tartan Terrors are their own Celtic Invasion, mixing rock’s energy with traditional folklore, dance, and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles, standing-room only audiences understand why Dig This Magazine declares "(The Terrors) one act to keep an eye on!" The Terrors use their Sonic blitz to score award winning Step and Highland Dancers and internationally recognized comedic performers alike.

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The Town Pants
The Town Pants

Globe Stage:
Saturday: 12:00PM & 3:00PM

*Also Performing During the Friday Night Conert.

With a decade’s worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway. And while The Pacific Northwest may not be the first place you would expect to hear rollicking Celtic roots music, but The Town Pants are determined to change that.

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