2022 FULL LINEUP
Friday and Saturday
Touring currently for their new album "Well Alright Then", Kansas City favorites, The Elders are taking to the road to share new music that holds a special place in their hearts.
Members, Ian Byrne, Norm Dahlor, Kian Byrne, and Diana Ladio are joined by newcomers Dan Loftus and and Bill Latas as they begin to cross the country to share
songs about family, loss, experiences, and dreams.
The Elders are very proud of the 14 new songs on this album written by the band's original members Ian, Kian, Norm, Steve, and Brent. Filled with emotions and treasured memories, these songs hold special meaning as they were recorded with friends and family from near and far. As a tribute to Steve, the band felt strongly about taking this music out on the road and sharing with the world as Steve would have wanted.
It is with great pleasure that they will join us at the 2022 CNY Irish Festival.
Enter The Haggis
For the better part of two decades, Toronto’s Enter The Haggis has combined bagpipes and fiddles with a rock rhythm section to create a distinctively eclectic sound, praised by The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Their songs offer singalong melodies and deep, meaningful lyrics which tell the stories of everyday hard working people, often faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Signature songs like “One Last Drink”, “Gasoline”, “Down With The Ship” and “Lancaster Gate” have had millions of plays on social media and streaming sites, have appeared in Hollywood movies, and have been performed and recorded by artists around the world.
Enter The Haggis is clearly comfortable on the stage and develops an easy rapport with audiences, sharing the stories behind their songs and laughing through tour anecdotes. The show is exciting and dynamic, featuring unpredictable and spontaneous moments. One song might feature drummer Bruce McCarthy taking a drum solo on Trevor Lewington’s guitar strings, while the next song breaks down into a fierce battle between fiddle and harmonica. Sometimes during an encore, the band will leave the stage entirely to perform acoustically standing on chairs in the audience. Rose Baldino (House of Hamill, Burning Bridget Cleary) joined the band on fiddle and vocals in 2020, strengthening the traditional sound of their performances.
Enter The Haggis’ commitment to putting on a great show every single night has made them a favorite at festivals and performing arts centers across the US and Canada.
Arise & Go
Friday and Saturday
Arise & Go is an exciting Celtic trio noted for their “precision and energy”. From intimate house concerts to festival stages, the band blends traditional melodies and instruments into fresh new arrangements that are sure to excite any audience. Arise & Go has been featured in Irish Music Magazine, Roots Music Canada, The Boston Irish Reporter and the Irish American News where they have been praised for “musical complexity and colour” that is also “authentically mindful of tradition.” 2019 saw the release of the band’s new album Meeting Place as members Ellie Goud (fiddle), Michael Roddy (uilleann pipes, border pipes, smallpipes, whistles) and Tim Ball (guitar, foot percussion) showcase the different Celtic traditions that each brings to the group’s sound.The 13-track recording has been well received by both fans and the media, being described as “combining precision with passion“ (Boston Irish Reporter) and “an example of the cross-border pollination that happens among the fantastically good musicians from Canada and the United States.” (Roots Music Canada)
Blarney Rebel Band
The Blarney Rebel Band has taken what was expected to be a one or two time musical experiment and have built it into a local phenomenon, an award-winning ensemble with a songlist that will keep you guessing what’s coming next. Named one of top 20 Celtic bands in the world in the 2016 worldwide Irish and Celtic Music Podcast, BRB had a cut from their debut CD, “Stand With Me Boys,” place No. 1 in the podcast’s Best of 2009 Listener's Poll, and their song “Devil's Ditch” from their most recent CD, “Ever Onward”, earned semifinal honors in the “2018 Song of the Year” song and lyric writing competition. From their beginnings as a traditional Celtic folk band, BRB has evolved into what one critic referred to as “an atypical eclectic Irish band”, melding their rousing renditions of rollicking pub tunes, lively sea songs, moving ballads and stirring rebel songs with unique arrangements of classic rock songs to create an experience that is unlike any other. BRB has performed at major festivals throughout New York State, including the Syracuse Irish Festival, the East Durham Irish Festival, the Hornell Irish Festival, the Cortland Irish Festival, Irish2000 and the Great American Irish Festival and has been the featured band at the Turning Stone Casino's St. Patrick's Day celebration for many years, as well as serving as the entertainment at the AOH National and NYS Convention opening ceremonies. Their CDs have sold all over the world, including Holland, Scotland, Australia and throughout the United States and Canada.
House of Hamill
Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan first found themselves onstage together at the 2014 Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City.
Rose’s band Burning Bridget Cleary was scheduled to perform, but inclement weather prevented two of her bandmates from flying. Desperate to salvage the showcase, Rose approached Brian, who she knew fronted Canadian celtic rock band Enter the Haggis. She thrust a guitar into Brian’s hands, pulled him onstage, and the two just clicked.
Four years and hundreds of shows later, the duo was booked to play a closing slot at a Colorado festival, so they hired a bass player and drummer to fill out their sound. By the oddest of coincidences, their hired bandmates’ flights were canceled the day of the show. A frantic Facebook post introduced Brian and Rose to local musician Caroline Browning, who joined them on bass for the weekend. Once again, the chemistry was undeniable, and House of Hamill became a trio.
Today, Pennsylvania-based House of Hamill is a fixture on festival stages across the US, and have shared their music and stories on the country’s premier folk stages. Their version of “Pound a Week Rise” rose to #1 on the US Folk DJ charts, and the video for their all-violin cover of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” amassed over 16 million views on Facebook, where it was shared over 400,000 times. Their latest release, “Folk Hero,” captures perfectly the frenetic energy and eclecticism of their always engaging live show. A lively collection of original instrumentals, reimagined folk ballads, and new songs that showcase the trio’s versatility, “Folk Hero” is the third House of Hamill album to be funded entirely by their fans.
Whether they’re ripping through a set of original jigs and reels, adding lush three-part harmonies into traditional folk ballads, or cracking up an audience with stories from the road, House of Hamill puts on a show that captivates audiences from the very first note.
Music runs deep through Kian Byrne’s veins. In fact, his father, Ian Byrne, born in Avoca, a small town located in County Wicklow Ireland, has been a professional musician for more than 30 years. Kian’s father continued his love of music in his new home in Kansas City, and eventually started a band called “The Elders.” Later, Kian became the drummer of The Elders, which blended Kian’s roots with a combination of Americana and Celtic folk-rock. Kansas City’s music scene is very familiar with Kian’s sound, and he is frequently spotted on stages throughout the city. He also has traveled to Ireland as a solo artist and played around the island at several venues. He is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, steeped in Irish-musical traditions that he inherited from his father. In addition to playing drums for The Elders, Kian has also played with a number of other Kansas City bands, including Cotton Candy, Searson, The Moxie Strings and The Grisly Hand. Today, he can also be seen playing bass with The New Riddim and on drums with Hi-Lux.
Hailing from the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada, and immersed in the Ottawa Valley music tradition their entire lives, sisters Colleen and Erin Searson have been performing and competing in music and step dance contests since a very young age, which proved to be beneficial in making them the accomplished musicians they are today. Searson have honed their craft since high school by performing at a variety of events across Canada, the United States, and Europe. The sisters’ love of incorporating their Ottawa Valley music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish, and various other genres caused them to expand their musical horizons, and the result is a sound all their own, which includes poignant compositions by both women. "The most satisfying part of performing live is seeing our fans singing along to songs that we’ve written, and requesting fiddle tunes that we wrote," Erin says, and Colleen chimes in, "Absolutely. There’s nothing better than seeing the audience emotionally involved in your live show."
The Moxie Strings
The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best- known instruments through an electric, innovative lens. The band composes the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many countries, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching, mainstream melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. The band’s polished, high-energy show continues to redefine strings’ role in contemporary music, and offers audience members a diverse, fun, musical experience.
Triskele, [pronounced Tris-Kay-lee] is an all-female Celtic band hailing from Albany NY. They are known for their stunning harmonies, singing the Gaelic language and of course, for their Irish wit as seen in their stage banter. These ladies perform traditional and original Celtic/Irish music. Triskele not only revitalizes the Gaelic language, but weaves history and traditions about growing up in Ireland into their music sets. They love to include the audience.
One obstacle that Triskele has overcome is that Celtic music has been primarily sung by men. Triskele has overcome stereotypes and won audiences over through their arrangements and their unique & clear harmonies. They have gained fans and supporters with their ability to keep traditional songs traditional but with fresh interpretations. Triskele’s instrumentation includes 12-string and 6-string guitar, mandolin, Bodhran, flute, whistles, and various percussion instruments.
Saturday - Cultural Area
Rick Bedrosian started playing in bands in 1968 and has been a full-time, professional musician since his high school graduation in 1973. Throughout his career, Rick has worked on stage and in recording studios with many distinguished performers. Rick Bedrosian is the leader of the internationally renowned Irish-Rock band, Hair Of The Dog and he portrays George Harrison in the Beatlemania Show, Hey Jude. He’s also the writer and star of the YouTube food, music and travel series, “I Could Eat”. When Rick performs as a solo artist you can expect to hear the music of The Beatles, Ireland, originals and classic folk/rock.
Saturday - Cultural Area
Craobh Dugan-O'Looney, is the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann which was established in 1978 and is part of a world-wide organization which has over 400 branches. Headquartered in Ireland, their mission is the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music, song, dance and language.
Saturday - Cultural Area
Donal O’Shaughnessy has been a full time touring entertainer for over 25 years. He has performed in 14 US States and 4 Countries. Donal’s performances include Irish music (of course), jokes, stories and a fair amount of original material. Donal likes to tell you what the songs are about,and why they were written; so if you’re looking for a juke box type performance… this isn’t it. Be prepared for a fair amount of audience participation, and of course singing along is always welcomed and encouraged. This is a rare performance, unlike many solo acts you may already enjoy.