The Festival Entertainment

We are pleased to announce the entertainers of the 2014 Seacoast Irish Festival! You can learn more about the entertainers and their background below, plus links to their websites and other web content. The festival line-up will be updated as entertainers are confirmed so check back often to discover all the talent the festival will have to offer.

Irish Festival Line-Up - September 27, 2014

Karan Casey

Karan CaseyKaran Casey has long been one of the most innovative provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty five years from the early days as a jazz performer in George’s Bistro in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now established solo career and she has sold over half a million albums.

Karan released her first album with the group Solas, which quickly became the most celebrated Irish band in the U.S., and her four years with the group were pivotal. Since embarking on her solo career Karan has released 6 solo albums, a duo album (with John Doyle), an album for children and numerous contributions to other artists' projects – appearing on more than 50 albums in total. Karan CaseyShe has toured constantly throughout North America, Europe and Japan, performing solo, with her own band and with many other diverse artists. Recent years have seen Karan appearing with Folk legends James Taylor, Liam Clancy, Peggy Seeger, Mick Moloney and the Dubliners and Imelda May as well as performances with Solas, Lunasa, Tim O’Brien and Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson.

Karan has won awards for “Best Folk Album” and “Best Folk Female” from Irish Music Magazine and been nominated for the BBC Folk Awards and the Danish Grammys and was a key member of Paul Winter’s Grammy-award winning “Celtic Solstice”. She has appeared at festivals in Europe and the US such as WOMAD USA, the Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Festival Cornouaille, Milwaukee Irishfest and Merlefest as well as appearing at many prestigious venues including the Kennedy Centre (Washington DC), New York’s Symphony Space, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the Hollywood Bowl, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, the Cathedral of St John the Divine, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and many others. She has made many TV and radio appearances on both sides of the Atlantic and has been a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio and TV shows such as Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and “Mountain Stage”.

 

Paddy Keenan

Paddy KeenanPaddy Keenan is one of Ireland's leading uilleann pipers, and possibly the best of the best performing today. A fellow musician who played with Keenan in the Bothy Band compared his outstanding skill and talent on the pipes to Jimi Hendrix's legendary ability with a guitar.

Keenan was born into a musical family in County Meath, Ireland. Brother Johnny Keenan made a name for himself as a fine banjoist, and his father crafted uilleann pipes. His grandfather and father both played the instrument, and Keenan began playing when he was ten years old. Four years later, barely into his teens, he performed at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. He went on to join a family band named the Pavees. The togetherness didn't last when Keenan, at the age of 17, discovered the blues and headed to Europe. The piper started performing there and in England.

Ireland lured him back within several years. With Michael O Dhomhnaill on guitar and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill on keyboards, Keenan started to perform in the Dublin region. The small group soon expanded to include Matt Mollov on flute, Paddy Glackin on fiddle, Tony MacMahon on accordion, and Donal Lunny on guitar. They dubbed their band Seachtar, which means seven in English, which was the number of players within their group.

With Seachtar, Keenan played concerts in Dublin and across Ireland, but the band soon unraveled. MacMahon left, followed by Glackin. Tommy Peoples, a fiddler from Donegal, came aboard and the group of musicians renamed themselves the Bothy Band. Kevin Burke later stepped in to take over on fiddle.

The group grew in stature and influence, drawing attention to Keenan's virtuosity. While Lunny offered the Hendrix comparison, others equated Keenan's unfettered and animated improvisational piping with jazz legend John Coltrane. Following the Bothy Band's demise in 1979, the piper went solo. He has recorded for Hot Conya Records.

Denise Hagan

Denise HaganDenise Hagan is an inspirational performer dedicated to opening the heart of humankind through sound, story and song.

Denise was born and raised in a musical family in Keady, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland where she has lived until recently. With two musical parents, Denise’s early experiences in performing were certainly rich and varied. Her first album ‘Healing Time’ reveals how she used song as her personal diary of life. With a great love for travel, Denise used her music as a passport to explore Europe and beyond. With performances in France, Spain, Austria, Germany and North America, she collected her observations of life and continued to build a strong song collection with which she performed.

Opportunity came knocking from Universal Records Ireland to release her first album in 2004. This process was a priceless journey for Denise and gave her invaluable experience and insight into the commercial music world. Denise enjoyed opening for the much loved Shania Twain. Sensing that her work was more for those in need of healing, ‘For Those Who Hear’ (2006) is the album that beautifully reveals Denise’s inner world, this beautiful comforting album went world-wide and attracted many invitations to perform at spiritual conferences across the world. Leading to the creation of the album ‘Amazing Space’ in 2008, a heart-opening album filled with joyful, peaceful and humorous wisdom on the power of the heart.
DeniseHagan.com

Erin's Guild

Erins GuildFounded in 2010, in the South Shore/Boston area, Erin's Guild can be found performing throughout New England and has travelled Internationally, with performances in Ireland and Amsterdam. The 'Guild includes Geoff Roman on vocals, fiddle, guitar, banjo and concertina, Sean Fell (Sean Óg) on vocals, guitar and harmonica and Susan Young on bodhrán, vocals and whistle. With varying backgrounds in music, they have successfully blended a combined musical experience of 75 years to bring a unique, yet recognizable, sound and show to their audiences. From traditional jigs and reels and pub favorites, to Irish contemporaries and ballads, as well as a growing collection of originals, Erin's Guild truly is a band for all fans of Irish and American music.

Sunday’s Well

Sunday's WellFormed in 1992 by Cork native Sean Cunningham, Sundays Well has been entertaining crowds throughout the Boston area and beyond for 2 decades.Talented and versatile,the band plays a mixture of traditional and contemporary Irish ,bluegrass,rock and country music.
www.myspace.com/sundayswell

Bradigan

BradiganBradigan translated from Irish Gaelic means “spirit”. Bradigan's six members have varying music backgrounds and separately have been singing and playing Celtic music for years. Recently they combined their individual talents to bring traditional music of Ireland, England, Scotland and some American songs with a Celtic flavor to the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. Bradigan's style of music is a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes, rebel anthems and drinking songs, with beautiful ballads thrown into the mix as well.

This group delivers hauntingly beautiful songs with tight harmonies and lively arrangements which soon has audiences toe-tapping, hand-clapping and singing along. Spirit, indeed, is the essence of the music produced by this new musical offering. Bradigan's five members include three cousins and Dover natives Patrick Boyle, Tyler Foss and Kimberly Starling, as well as area musical veteran Patricia O'Brien and new friend Ben Baker.
www.facebook.com/pages/Bradigan

McTeggarts

The McTeggartsThe McTeggart's are Jimmy Byrne and Mike O'Brien. Jimmy hails from Cork and Mick hails from Dublin. Together, their dulcet tones and superb musicianship make for one of the most sought after folk Irish bands in America and abroad.

Jimmy and Mike are one of the most traveled duos on the Irish American music scene. They have been together for over 20 years and played venues throughout Canada and the U.S.A., Vancouver, Ottowa, Montreal, Toronto and New Brunswick, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Virginia and Washington, D.C. More recently, they played in Seoul, Korea for Westin Hotels.

Jimmy and Mike have made 4 albums and are presently working on their fifth.
irishusa.com/mcteggarts/

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