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 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. She 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”.
The 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.
More coming soon!