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), David Pedrick (vocals, guitar) and Melissa Brun (vocals, cello) 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 and Amanda Wells helping to redefine the band's sound over the next decade. 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 e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website at http://fireintheglen.com.
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.
Currently a member of the band at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, Melissa has a bachelor's of music degree and a performer's certificate from the Conservatory at Purchase College, SUNY.
She is an avid teacher, having studios both privately and at The Music Centre. Additionally, Melissa is a member of the chamber choir, MiContraFa, and she released a Christmas album with the Silver Belles.
Melissa is also the author of To Live, a photographic essay expressing her love of children with special needs and the teachers who teach them.
Dave has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for his work in a wide variety of styles. His performance credits run the gamut from jazz clubs to concert halls and he has been invited to perform for guitar societies, concert series, musical theater productions and music festivals throughout the U.S. He has performed in various bands, including the Kilmaine Saints, the Johnny Bravo Trio, Ossia, Off the Cuff and the Cat's Pajamas Old School Jazz Band.
As a recording artist, David's work has received international acclaim and has been featured on more than 200 radio programs in the U.S., including All Things Considered, Celtic Connections, Celtic Heartbeat, Classical 24, Colors of Jazz, Crossover, Desert Island Discs, The Green Island and The Intimate Guitar.
In addition to original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions for theatrical productions, recitals, chamber concert premieres and jazz performances, Dave's music has been featured on NPR, PRI, the BBC and the CBC.
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