Celtic Craic Celtic Craic Music Fest Music Fest
September 22, 2018| Harrisburg, PA | info@CelticCraicMusicFest.com

2018 Performers


Abigail's Garden

Abigail's Garden
Abigail’s Garden is a trio that plays Celtic, Irish, Folk music along with some more modern tunes. Each member has unique talents to add to the group.

www.abigailsgardenmusic.com

Traditional Stage 2:00pm


Across The Pond

Across The Pond
Across the Pond is a multi-instrumental trio performing their own high-energy arrangements of Irish and Scottish tunes and songs. Mike Morrison, Chuck Krepley and Dan Diviney are three native Pennsylvanians with diverse musical backgrounds, including mountain music from the Appalachians, derived from the Scottish and Irish who settled there centuries ago.

They have opened concerts for Jim Malcolm (Old Blind Dogs) and Enter the Haggis. They were named in the “Top 20 Celtic Folk bands in the world for 2014” by Marc Gunn; co-winners of the Texas Scots Talent Competition in 2015; and one track from their CD “Kid on the Mountain” was just named the number one contemporary Irish song for 2015 by Celtic Radio Music Network out of Braintree, MA, and another track was nominated for best traditional tune. Their CD "Kid on the Mountain" was entered into the Irish Traditional Music Archives in Dublin, Ireland, in July 2015.

Joining them will be premier vocalist Marilyn Dolly who is featured on their CD, and champion Irish step dancer Emily Warren.

www.acrossthepondmusic.com

Traditional Stage 8:00pm

Barleyjuice

Barleyjuice
With six studio albums and a double CD collection in their sporrans to date, these five spirited yanks are currently one of the most beloved celtic rock bands in the USA. Frontmen Kyf Brewer and Keith "Swanny" Swanson lithely cover lead vocals, guitars, accordion, harmonica, mandolin, bouzouki, and bagpipes. Both originally piped in the Loch Rannoch Pipe Band, and performed in Edinburgh’s Millennium March for Prince Charles. While Swanson was once a member of New York’s legendary Flailin’ Shilaleghs, Kyf’s been a pro performer since his first band, The Ravyns, produced the hit "Raised on the Radio" for the 1982 film Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

Backing Brewer & Swanson are a mad trio of characters: captivating fiddler Alice O'Quirke, whose classical roots stray to Irish & bluegrass in the middle of the most authentic jigs & hornpipes; drummer John Tracey, a powerhouse of driving decadence; and hopping bassist Eric Worthington, musical snake-charmer of the deep and dulcet.

The ayes have it - Barleyjuice is a grand group of talented tunesmiths and prodigious performers, and the absolute best time you can have at a concert without removing your kilt.

www.barleyjuice.com

Contemporary Stage 9:00pm

Carraig School of Irish Dance

Carraig School of Irish Dance
Central PA's Newest Traditional Irish Dance School.

We are a Traditional Irish Dance school, and offer the opportunity to compete on a regular basic.

At the Carraig School of Irish Dance, we are dedicated to ensure all our dancers have a strong foundation in Irish dance. From the first class to the 100th class there is a large emphasis on all dancers knowing and mastering the core essentials of Irish step dance.

We strive to preserve the rich tradition of Irish and Ceili dancing while providing a nurturing environment for our dancers to strengthen their talents and also increase their self esteem.

www.carraigirishdance.com

Cultural Stage 12:30pm

Full Kilt

Full Kilt
Full Kilt has been together for 13 years and combines traditional foot stompin tunes with driving rock rhythms and vocals; our specialty is taking rock songs and "Celticfying" them, as featured on our third CD, "Celtic Crossover". You only have to come out and listen once to get hooked on our feel-good vibe! Full Kilt has participated in a number of festivals, including: Cambria City Ethnic Festival, Sunbury Celtic Festival, Thunder in the Valley, Erie Irish Festival, Ligonier Highland Games, St. Brigid's Festival, Ligonier Days, Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival, and the Altoona Cathedral Festival. Full Kilt currently has three CDs, our debut album, "Ride On... Celtic Spirit", and our original CD, "Come Have a Drink With the Band," and our third CD, "Celtic Crossover," all of which can be purchased, along with t-shirts, at any live show.

fullkilt.weebly.com

Contemporary Stage 1:00pm

Harrisburg Scottish Country Dance Society

Harrisburg Scottish Country Dance Society
The Harrisburg Scottish Country Dance Society (HSCDS) was founded in 1982 to promote the art of Scottish Country Dancing in Central PA. We offer the chance to learn the traditional steps, patterns and dances, both old and new, which are danced today in groups world-wide and on every continent (including Antarctica).

The purpose of the group is to introduce people to the pleasure of participating in Scottish Country Dancing. We welcome people of any age or experience level to join us and experience the flow of the dances, the lilt of the music and the social nature of the occasion which make dancing a rewarding activity in every sense.

hscds.webs.com

Cultural Stage 6:30pm

Hold Fast

Hold Fast
Take five rowdy friends, add whiskey and see what happens. Mixing updated Irish traditional music and original material in a unique blend of Celtic, punk and rock, Hold Fast offers an energetic show, marked by high velocity, high volume and an intoxicating good time. Hold tight, hold steady, Hold Fast!

www.facebook.com/HoldFastHarrisburg

Contemporary Stage 3:00pm

Irish Pretenders

Irish Pretenders
For a brief time every St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, the whole world pretends to be Irish… and we are all the better for it. It is in that spirit that the Irish Pretenders were formed to bring a St. Patrick’s Day spirit to their performances wherever they go. This Johnstown, PA-based musical group arrives in Harrisburg with four members: Bob Mahood playing the Mandolin, Dave Scott on Guitar and Bazouki, John Skelley on Guitar and Banjo and Mike Docherty on the Bodhran. Performing only traditional Irish Pub music (…”good for what ails ya…”), the Irish Pretenders will make each performance an enjoyable party where everyone will be “Wearin’ of the Green.” Bringing their high-energy, high-impact “music with a Celtic flair”, the Irish Pretenders will play the tunes that people love to hear, sing and enjoy…. And will convince their listeners that there’s a little Irish in all of them, “to be sure, to be sure”

facebook.com/irishpretenders

Traditional Stage 6:00pm

Kilmaine Saints

Kilmaine Saints
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. Since 2009 they have continued to pound through blistering, high-energy live sets that keep people singing along, stomping their feet, lifting their pints and shouting for more. With several hundred shows at pubs and festivals up and down the East Coast, 2 critically-acclaimed releases under their belts, national and international airplay, and an ever-expanding and extremely loyal fan base, it’s no wonder the world is starting to stand up and take notice. In short, the Kilmaine Saints are equal parts Irish swagger, Scottish pride, and whiskey. This explosive Celtic rock band from central PA will steal your heart, your spirit, and your pint when you’re not looking.

www.kilmainesaints.com

Contemporary Stage 7:00pm

Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
The Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums is a bagpipe band based in Harrisburg, PA and made up of individuals from police, fire and emergency medical services personnel from throughout Central Pennsylvania.

The name Lochiel was chosen for its connected heritage to the Scottish/Irish neighborhood of south Harrisburg. This area located along South Cameron Street was the "blue collar" district for many of the mill workers and was one of several homes to Simone Cameron, who was a successful businessman and politician. Simone Cameron became President Lincoln's Secretary of War during the Civil War.

The Clan Cameron originated in the barony of Lochiel Scotland. The family clan dates back to as early as the 13th century, and Clan Cameron has been described in the history books as "fiercer than fierceness itself", which represents well, the dedicated service of our emergency workers that serve the entire community.

www.lochielemeraldsociety.org

Main Festival Grounds 0:00pm & 0:00pm

Picking & Grinning

Picking & Grinning
Husband and wife team, Ted and Susie Tomalewski, have been entertaining throughout the Four State Area since 2004. Their combination of Appalachian Style clog dancing, guitar, flute and tin whistle playing, fun song singing, joke telling and audience interaction will warm your heart and lift your spirits. Come experience their Celtic Children's Set for the young and the young at heart. They will have you grinnin' in no time and the kids will sleep good tonight

facebook.com/PickinAndGrinninShow

Cultural Stage 4:00pm

Rebel Heart Irish Dancers

Rebel Heart Irish Dancers
There is traditional Irish dance and then there are the Rebel Heart Irish Dancers. Their innovative approach to Irish step dancing stretches into new territory while keeping the passion of this generations-old style revived, infused with new energy. In their 10th Season, the Camp Hill-based Rebel Heart Irish Dancers have amazed audiences from Central PA to California more than 600 times.

www.rebelheartirishdancers.com

Cultural Stage 2:30pm

Sean Suttell

Sean Suttell
Sean Suttell, guitarist and lead singer for The Lucky Pistols, plays a combination of Irish and Folk Punk music. Heavily influenced by bands like The Pogues and Dropkick Murphys, Sean first gained notoriety playing Irish music in the pubs of Southern Germany. Now based out of Baltimore, Sean plays his brand of high energy music primarily in the Irish pubs and clubs across Maryland and Pennsylvania.

reverbnation.com/seansuttell

Traditional Stage 12:00pm

Seasons

Seasons
Seasons is a family band grounded in roots music and this album highlights their impressively distinctive way with an original song” (Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine). Five siblings "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 including Irish Music Magazine, Roots 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 Magazine)-Mary-Kate won first place for Celtic harp at the the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh, and has competed in the All-Ireland Harp Competition in both Derry and Sligo, Ireland. "Strongly recommended."-Folk Roots Magazine.

www.seasonsmusic.com

Traditional Stage 4:00pm

Shamrogues

Shamrogues
The ShamRogues have been entertaining crowds all over the East Coast since 2009 with their unique brand of Irish music and dance. From Washington D.C. to Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and the famous Irish venues of New York City, the band has attracted fans of all ages and walks of life wherever they travel with their show. Having performed a series of sell out shows in Ireland over the past several years, the band has blasted onto the International scene in a blaze of electric fiddles and banjos.

Formed by banjo player and County Laois native Jim Phelan, the band features Chris Marsheck on Guitar and Vocals, Sarah Stepanik on Fiddle, Gary Peresta on Bass, Evan Phillips on Drums and the World Class Irish Dancing Duo Katie Fox and Katie Whitman.

Not a band to stand around on stage blasting out song after song, The ShamRogues like to involve their audience in a fun, lively evening of songs and stories of Ireland, and God help anyone who forgets to clap along !!!

www.theshamrogues.net

Contemporary Stage 5:00pm