Scots-Irish traditional & Celtic eclectic music.
|Fire in the Glen doesn't hold back at its performances, where audiences can't seem to help tapping their toes, clapping and singing along and even trying their hand (foot?) at step-dancing!!
These dedicated musicians are making a bold effort to bring Irish, Scottish and Maritimes music, as well as their own brand of "Celtic eclectic" accents, to southcentral Pennsylvania. A Fire in the Glen performance means a lively presentation of blistering fiddle tunes, mug-thumping pub songs and soulful ballads and airs. Now with a loyal following in their native Lancaster County, bandmates Tom Knapp (fiddle, bodhran, backing vocals), Mick Mullen (vocals, guitar) and Megan Mullen (vocals, keyboard) are expanding to new horizons.
It was a stroke of fortune (OK, an accident -- ask Tom to tell you about it sometime) that brought Fire in the Glen together, with John Varner serving the first two years as singer/guitarist and Chet Williamson, Jason Mundok, Aaron Gagne, Michael Filippo, Durelle Leaman, Amanda Wells, David Pedrick and Melissa Brun helping to redefine the band's sound over the next dozen-plus years. Since the band's professional debut in March 1999, the group has opened for the likes of Lunasa, Great Big Sea, Tarras and bagpiper Kieran O'Hare. They performed at the Festival Club at Cape Breton's highly esteemed Celtic Colours International Festival, the Celtic Fling in Mount Hope, Pa., and at countless pubs, festivals, wedding receptions, retirement homes and other social occasions.
The band's first CD, On the Road to Lisdoonvarna, is sold out after receiving lots of positive feedback for its lively appeal. Also gone is the band's EP, Aaargh! The Susquehanna Pirates!, which featured some of the band's original work, and Pirates, Wakes & Whiskey, the band's second full-length CD that boasted 70 minutes of music, including several tracks recorded live at Bube's Brewery in Mount Joy, Pa. Still available is Let the Wind Blow High, which was released in March 2005, and their most recent CD, Shout 'til the Break of Day, which was released in 2010.
If you're interested in a band which blends traditional Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton styles with its own "Celtic eclectic" approach, check out Fire in the Glen. You can reach the band by calling Tom at 717-396-9293 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website at http://fireintheglen.com.
Oh, and while you're here, be sure to check out a brief history of Fire in the Glen for more on the band.
So, who are these people, anyway?
fiddle, bodhran, backing vocals
Tom studied classical violin during his formative years but locked it away in a dusty closet immediately after graduating from high school. Years later he released it from captivity, dubbed it "fiddle" and began a wild love affair with Irish music. He began attending Irish sessions in the Harrisburg area and started the first local sessions in Lancaster County before deciding (quite by accident) to start this band.
He co-founded Fire in the Glen in March 1999. Tom also has played bodhran on albums by Harmony Hill and Varner Lynch, and he has performed on stage with Maggie Drennon, Charlie Zahm, the Rogues, Enter the Haggis, Clannamore, Laune Rangers, Knotwork Band, Woad Women and Arcona Reel Band. When he's not performing, Tom is a news and features reporter for LNP, Lancaster County's daily newspaper.
A Lancaster County native, he is founder and editor of Rambles.NET, a prominent online review magazine.
Mick Mullen and Megan Depew-Mullen have shared a love of music for more than 20 years, since they met in Ireland. They have collaborated on several musical projects, performing together as From the Flame, which showcases Mick's songwriting ablilities, and also as The Barefoot Wanderers, which brings children's and family music, written mostly by Megan, to local audiences.
In 2013, One Out of Many, Megan's first children's musical, was performed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Joy, Pa.
They are excited to join Tom as Fire in the Glen and to keep the old songs, stories and memories alive. Mick enjoys bringing his own raw-edge performances to songs he listened to growing up in Dublin, Ireland. Megan, a Lancaster County native, loves singing and playing the piano to the tunes and songs she learned since meeting Mick.
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