Meet the Irish Fest Camden MUSICIANS:
Returning to Irish Fest Camden for the 6th year is SYR (pronounced "sire"). The crowd favorite, Celtic folk rock band from Columbia takes inspiration from Celtic history, stories, and myth. SYR blends their own unique background to create powerful songs with themes like battle, love, heritage, and victory, celebrating the rich heritage of the Celtic Nations in a contemporary style with broad audience appeal. SYR's reputation for a high-energy performance has made them a welcome addition to many Celtic festivals and events, building a following across the U.S. and internationally. their much anticipated third CD is planned for early 2021. The band consists of siblings Kyle (lead vocals, guitar) and Laurel MacCallum (vocals, percussion), Kelly Vance (bass), Luis Valverde (drums), Ben Campbell (guitar), and Worth Lewallen (violin). For more information visit www.syrmusic.com.
The Screaming Orphans are four sisters
(Angela Diver - bass, violin,
Joan Diver - drums, Marie Thérèse Diver - keys, accordion, Gráinne Diver - guitar) with the good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland.
These rockin' sisters have been singing and playing traditional Irish music since they were wee babes, starting their first pop rock band in their teens.
They made their big break after Sinead O'Connor asked them to sing back-up and open for her Gospel Oak Tour. We went across Europe, America and Canada, and appeared on David Letterman and other TV shows as part of her show and as a band in their own right.
The Screaming Orphans are the darlings of the music charts - with their
2017 Folk/Irish album "Taproom" charted No. 1 in the iTunes World Music charts and their 2019 pop album "Life in a Carnival" charted in the top 25 in the iTunes Pop Music charts in the U.S. plus top 10 in the Billboard World Albums charts.
The Steel City Rovers of Ontario, Canada, perform dynamic and expressive music that is a unique composite of traditional Celtic music and North American styles including bluegrass, folk and roots. Their original works touch on issues of love, loss, celebration and heritage and they also breathe life into newly-discovered instrumental melodies from as far back as centuries ago. Their sophisticated arrangements are inviting for the most casual listener but are rewarding for those who are well versed in the nuances of musical complexity. The Rovers stand out for their powerful, emotive vocals and engaging entertainment. They perform on meticulously crafted replicas of historical instruments that rarely appear on today’s musical landscape. This highly active touring band headlines large festival stages, gives intimate concert performances, educates in a variety of workshop and master-class settings and performs internationally with symphonies. They create, collaborate and work hard to further the love and awareness of music. https://www.steelcityrovers.com/
Hailing from various ports of call in East Tennessee, The Crossjacks is an acoustic folk band, playing the traditional European music that inspired today's Appalachian music. They are popular performers at Celtic, Renaissance, medieval, pirate, Viking and other festivals throughout the mid-South, often appearing in full period costume. Their self-titled debut album was released in July of 2020. The Crossjacks are Mark Dudek (vocals/guitar), Dawn Cunningham (violin) and Reagan De Busk (flute/bodhran/mandolin). https://www.facebook.com/crossjacks/
Born and raised on a farm in rural South Carolina, Carroll Brown makes his second Irish Fest Camden appearance in 2021. His first music influences were church music and what scatterings he could pick up from the night time radio. Traditional southern gospel and bluegrass would give way to Jim Croce and James Taylor as he entered college. His broadcasting degree would qualify him to be a recording engineer which was to be his ticket to the music business. His album “Roots and Wings” is the story of a farm boy who is driven from home by a dream only to eventually return to his roots. Those roots include Irish blood and his intense interest in the Irish music led to visits to his ancestral homeland and the release of his “Songs of Ireland project” in 1998. Visit https://carrollbrownmusic.com/home.
EJ Campbell, a New Jersey native, was born into Irish music. He returns for the second year to the Irish Fest Camden Saturday line-up and Friday evening's ShamROCK the Block. EJ learned most of the songs in-person watching his mentors, the Dublin-born Willie Lynch (The Willie Lynch Band) and Kerryman Kevin Guerin (Round the House), perform in establishments all around New Jersey and New York. As a young boy, he was even called on stage to sing with the Wolfe Tones, Irish rebel band, and all were amazed that an American child knew the lyrics to their songs. Campbell didn’t pick up his guitar until his senior year of high school and hasn’t put it down since. After honing his craft practicing at home and playing family parties, he got his first opportunity performing between sets for ‘Round the House'. Since then, he’s performed around New Jersey and is excited to bring his style of Irish folk music to South Carolina!
Brandon Mullis has been rocking acoustically for more than 20 years. Hailing from North Augusta, SC, he has played stages from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Saint Augustine's Chianti Room, and everywhere in between. His sound is a folksy acoustic rock peppered with Southern charm. His second album, "Highways and Stars," was just released on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Brandon has been featured on Charleston's 98 Rock and Augusta's Southeastern Songwriter Series, and he hasn't updated his look since the '90s.