Meet the Irish Fest Camden MUSICIANS:
Returning to Irish Fest Camden for the fifth year is crowd favorite, SYR (pronounced "sire"). The 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.
Kirk McLeod, founder of internationally famous, Seven Nations Celtic Rock band premiers his new KIR group live on stage. The show includes many Seven Nations favourites plus new music from his KIR album with lyrics combining English, Gaelic and Scottish vocables.
To refine his Gaelic lyrics and Scottish vocables, Kirk travelled to Kintyre, Scotland and was tutored by Àdhamh Ó Broin, the Gaelic consultant from the Outlander series. Ó Broin also helped supervise Kirk’s recordings of these Gaelic and Scottish lyrics to help ensure their authenticity and styling. Come enjoy this unique performance from Kirk McLeod and his KIR band. https://www.facebook.com/kirkmcleodmusic/
Celtic Conundrum are known for creating new traditional music, exceptional harmonies, and heart stopping vocals! Hailing from Dunedin, Florida, a town with Celtic roots, the band's music is further influenced by rock, folk, and the world! Danny, Pamela Jo, and Gene, the members of Celtic Conundrum, have toured throughout most of the world before joining together to develop a unique style, coined as American Celtic. The band's original music and their arrangements of traditional songs has been very well received worldwide and in publications to include Irish Music Magazine. Join Celtic Conundrum for their first visit to the Irish Fest Camden!
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/
The duo Raglan Road will make its debut at this year's festival. This is not the fragile, romanticized Celtic music you hear in movie soundtracks, but the kind that makes you sing along and stomp your feet. A guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and entertainer by trade and passion, Trip Rogers seamlessly weaves traditional Irish and Scottish music with original creations while adding a southern swagger. Neil Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist best known as a founding member of NYC-based Seven Nations, America's groundbreaking Celtic Rock powerhouse and the band that kicked off the "kilt-rock" genre in the US in the mid-90’s. He appeared as a featured or supporting artist at every major Celtic festival in North America over a 20-year career as a musical road warrior. https://www.raglanroadband.com/
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!