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
Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul
Grammy award winning Eileen Ivers is the nine time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, who has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, is an original musical star of Riverdance, and has graced the stage with The Chieftains, Sting, Hall and Oates, Randy Brecker, Patti Smith, and Paula Cole. Ivers' recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. Eileen is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World music genres.
The Kevin McKrell Band
Celtic folk singer songwriter Kevin McKrell was a founding member of Celtic Folk Band Donnybrook Fair, and the Celtic Bluegrass Band The McKrells. He has performed in theaters, clubs and on festival stages across the United States, Canada , Ireland and Scotland. His songs have been recorded or performed by artists from around the world including,The Kingston Trio, The Furey Brothers and Davy Arthur, Seamus Kennedy, North Sea Gas, Hair of the Dog,Wood’s Tea Company, Bob Shane, The Dublin City Ramblers and many more.
Denise 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.
Formed 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.
Bradigan 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.
Kevin Byrne Band
Byrne is no newcomer to music; he was born and reared in the folk tradition by his father, a heavily active Irish balladeer and storyteller. Byrne has both kept to his roots and pulled from his American upbringing. His more traditional side is apparent in his ability to sing a song with honesty and convey its meaning and sentiment clearly to the audience, while his more progressive side shows is his absorption of myriad genres into his own unique and diverse collection of original songs, as well as his knack for making an old song "his".
Don't miss a chance to hear this refreshingly unpretentious musician do what he does.
Travelers Three has been performing in front of audiences for over 40 years. Their energetic style combined with a sense of humor make each performance unique. The instrumentation, which includes, banjo, 6 and 12-string guitars (sometimes a bass) along with their vocal harmonies, provide an evening of spontaneous singing and clapping along. The group’s repertoire can take you on a musical journey of Kingston Trio favorites, Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Irish ballads, along with many other folk legend groups as well as original material. Travelers Three has their roots firmly planted in the folk revolution that swept the US in the 1950’s and 1960’s. They have performed on the concert stage, television, in Ireland and all of the New England States. They have released numerous studio and live performance recordings.
More coming soon!