Saturday, March 7, 2020
Returning to Irish Fest Camden for a fourth 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 rock background to create powerful songs with themes like battle, love, heritage, and victory. Front man and founder Kyle MacCallum also honors the language of the ancient Celts by including lyrics in Gaelic. The band consists of siblings Kyle (lead vocals, guitar) and Laurel MacCallum (vocals, percussion), Emily Bracey-Neff (violin), Kelly Huff (bass) and Luis Valverde (drums). SYR released its second CD, “The Winter King,” in November 2017, which has been well-received by fans and critics alike. The band’s international following has been growing from their availability on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, and other digital distribution sources. For more information visit www.syrmusic.com.
Performing for the first time at Irish Fest Camden, Tuatha Dea brings their unique tribal-Celtic-punk vibe and sound, accented visually by their energy and flamboyant stage show! Tuatha Dea is an Old Irish phrase adopted from the Celtic mythology of the Tuatha de Danaan whose literary history originates in Ireland and Great Britain. The name “Tuatha Dea” literally translates into “Children of The Gods”. The band’s Celtic influence stems directly from this historical clan which lived and ruled for a period in ancient Ireland and who were later destined to become the stuff of legend and basis of Celtic mythology, those who dwelt beneath the burrows, the Children of The Gods. The band won the The Hard Rock Rising competition 2015 in Pigeon Forge with their unique sound and energetic stage show and is the only Celtic/Steam Punk-styled band to place and remain in the running to compete in Barcelona Spain. The band was conceived by Danny Mullikin (percussion, guitar, vocals), wife Rebecca (lead vocals, hand drums), son Brandon Mullikin (lead guitar), daughter Tesea Dawson Mullikin (bass, keyboard, flute). The band's evolution has organically grown to include Rebecca's sister Kathy Holman (lead vocals, handrum, keyboard), Kathy's fiance Chris Bush (didgeridoo, Native American flute, penny whistle, bagpipes, drums), Adam Ogle (rhythm, lead guitar), Laura Smith (fiddle), and Brett Maney (drums). Feel the rhythm! Become the music! Experience the family that is Tuatha Dea!
North Carolina native Trip Rogers will return to Irish Fest Camden with his solo Celtic performance. 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 seamlessly weaves traditional Irish and Scottish music with original creations while adding a southern swagger. Lynyrd Skynyrd's southern rock and Eric Clapton's guitar-driven blues laid the foundation for Trip's signature guitar style. Rock and blues favorites, along with the story-laden sons of Scotland, Ireland, and Appalachia are brought to life by Trip's dynamic stage presence. For more information visit www.triprogers.com
Born and raised on a farm in rural South Carolina, Carroll Brown makes his first Irish Fest Camden appearance in 2020. His s first music influences were church music and what scatterings he could pick up from the night time radio. His mother was the church pianist and taught him his first chords on the guitar. This gift of music would be his constant companion. His first performances were playing guitar and singing in his pre-teen years in his home church. Traditional southern gospel and bluegrass would give way to Jim Croce and James Taylor as he entered college. The first paying jobs were to pay for the tuition but would pave the way for his life’s work. His college years were filled with music courses and performances in a variety of groups and venues. His broadcasting degree would qualify him to be a recording engineer which was to be his ticket to the music business. He first tested the waters in New York but opted for Nashville, Tennessee. There he worked with songwriters and music publishing and in various studios recording and helping produce nationally released records. Family matters and money matters brought him back to South Carolina and back to performing in 1981. He settled in Charleston, where he started a recording studio and music publishing business. “Charleston Recording” would become the largest studio in lower South Carolina. A steady gig at the Mills House Hotel helped to pay for his growing family and the dream that refused to die. He released his “Carroll Brown Live” cassette while working there. He produced over sixty albums on both regional and national acts and built an impressive resume. The last album he produced before he sold the business was his own “Roots and Wings” project. It’s 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. In 2013 the completion of a long overdue "Irish" studio project "Closer To The Top Of The World" yielded a variety of Irish folk and Irish pub songs. It was quickly one of the most often purchased discs.
Camden band Bothar Tombfield will return to the stage. The band comprised of Jim Tatum (guitar, vocals), Julie McGinness (keyboard, vocals), Dennis Turner (guitar, vocals), Tim Bordner (percussion, vocals), and Shelly Sloan (vocals) chose the name from Tombfield Road in Camden where the band frequently rehearses at the studio of band founder, Dennis Turner. The road was named for a small family cemetery. Bothar Tombfield means Road Tombfield in Gaelic. The band will perform an eclectic mix of traditional Irish pub songs, rockabilly originals, and classics.
Irish Fest Camden is excited to welcome back Seldom Sober, Savannah's most experienced and longest tenured Irish band. Formed in 2007, Seldom Sober consists of Colleen Settle and Michael Corbett and has a large repertoire of traditional and contemporary music from Ireland, the British Isles, and beyond. Colleen hails from the New York area and has been in Savannah since 2006. A superb Irish fiddler and professional Irish musician since 1978, Colleen brings years of professional experience and an extensive catalog of tunes to Seldom Sober. A native New Englander, Michael moved to Savannah in 2005 after playing professionally in the Boston and eastern New England area since 1995. Michael was mentored by Liam Clancy and other legends of Irish folk music.
Casey O’Reilly of Belfast, Ireland will return to Irish Fest Camden in 2020. O’Reilly is a true traveling minstrel with a smooth voice, intricate acoustic guitar sound, and a bag full of songs written on the road over the years. Casey plays real Irish pub music, the kind of music as sung by the Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, and the like. He also plays the classic folk/rock tunes and the songs he’s written over the years. O’Reilly learned to play guitar and sing the traditional tunes at his aunt’s pub in Ireland as a young lad. He came over to school in Chicago and now spends his time on his boat, traveling the East Coast of America and performing in pubs along the way, when he’s not at his home in Ireland. His sound is reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot, another weary traveling minstrel. The end result of this life on the road is a sound filled with plenty of life experience, a lot of traveling songs, sailing songs, love songs that nobody writes anymore, songs of lovers and lost love, and classic Irish pub tunes. For more information visit www.kurtwoodmusic.com
Anna Lynn Ferris returns to Irish Fest Camden with her country music vocals laced with hints of Janis Joplin. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Anna started singing in a bluegrass band, known as, "Giggle Grass" at a very young age. After moving to Camden, South Carolina, Anna developed a solo act and started performing state wide. Upon graduating high school, she continued her career in Nashville, Tennessee, performing at many bars downtown including Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Famous Saloon. After recently joining a touring band, Savannah Rose & Atlanta Burning as lead singer and frontman, Anna has expanded her audience from state wide to nation wide with states including North Dakota, Alabama, and Minnesota.